Midseason Review & All-America Teams

Posted Oct 17, 2012

The CFN 2012 lookback over the first half of the year and the AA teams.

2012 CFN Midseason Review

2012 CFN Midseason Review
- 2012 CFN Midseason Review & All-America Teams
- Midseason Crystal Ball - What's Going To Happen Next?
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind. | MAC
- M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC
- Top 5 Games of the Midseason | Best Games No. 6-10

2012 CFN All-Midseason Offense
QB – Braxton Miller, Soph. Ohio State
RB – Kenjon Barner, Sr. Oregon
RB – Stefphon Jefferson, Jr. Nevada
WR – Stedman Bailey, Jr. West Virginia
WR – Terrance Williams, Sr. Baylor
TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Soph. UW
OL – D.J. Fluker, Jr. Alabama
OL - Luke Joeckel, Jr. Texas A&M
OL - Barrett Jones, Sr. Alabama
OL - Taylor Lewan, Jr. Michigan
OL - Lane Taylor, Sr. Oklahoma State
PK – Mike Meyer, Jr. Iowa
KR – Dri Archer, Jr. Kent State

2012 CFN All-Midseason Defense
DL – Star Lotulelei, Jr. Utah
DL – Damontre Moore, Sr. Texas A&M
DL – Stephon Tuitt, Soph. Notre Dame
DL – Jesse Williams, Sr. Alabama
LB - Khaseem Greene, Sr. Rutgers
LB – Anthony Hitchens, Jr. Iowa
LB – Manti Te'o, Sr. Notre Dame
DB – Matt Elam, Jr. Florida
DB – T.J. McDonald, Sr. USC
DB – Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama
DB – Johnnie Simon, Jr. WMU
P – Kyle Christy, Sr. Florida
PR – Marcus Murphy, Soph. Missouri

2012 CFN Second Team
All-Midseason Offense

QB – Collin Klein, Sr. Kansas State
RB – Le'Veon Bell, Jr. Michigan State
RB – Mike Gillislee, Sr. Florida
WR – Tavon Austin, Sr. West Virginia
WR – Quinton Patton, Sr. La Tech
TE - Jace Amaro, Soph. Texas Tech
OL – Jonathan Cooper, Sr. UNC
OL – Jake Matthews, Jr. Texas A&M
OL – Omoregie Uzzi, Sr. Georgia Tech
OL – Larry Warford, Sr. Kentucky
OL - Chance Warmack, Sr. Alabama
PK – Chandler Catanzaro, Jr. Clemson
KR – Mike Edwards, Jr. Hawaii

2012 CFN Second Team
All-Midseason Defense

DL – Jadeveon Clowney, Soph. South Carolina
DL – Jamie Collins, Sr. Southern Miss
DL – Johnathan Hankins, Jr. Ohio State
DL – Travis Johnson, Sr. SJSU
LB – Jarvis Jones, Sr. Georgia
LB – Khalil Mack, Jr. Buffalo
LB – C.J. Mosley, Jr. Alabama
DB – Johnthan Banks, Sr. Miss St
DB – Jordan Poyer, Sr. Oregon State
DB – Bradley Roby, Jr. Ohio State
DB – Phillip Thomas, Sr. Fresno State
P – Ryan Allen, Sr. Louisiana Tech
PR – Rashad Greene, Soph. Florida St

2012 CFN Third Team
All-Midseason Offense

QB – Geno Smith, Sr. West Virginia
RB – Ka'Deem Carey, Soph. Arizona
RB – Cody Getz, Sr. Air Force
WR – De'Andre Hopkins, Jr. Clemson
WR – Marqise Lee, Soph. USC
TE - Tyler Eifert, Sr. Notre Dame
OL – Gabe Jackson, Jr. Miss State
OL – Andrew Norwell, Jr. Ohio State
OL – Cyril Richardson, Jr. Baylor
OL – Dallas Thomas, Sr. Tennessee
OL - Dillon Farrell, Jr. New Mexico
PK – Jeff Budzien, Jr. Northwestern
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson, Jr. Tenn.

2012 CFN Third Team
All-Midseason Defense

DL – Morgan Breslin, Jr. USC
DL – Scott Crichton, Soph. Oregon St
DL – Devonte Fields, Fr. TCU
DL – Will Sutton, Jr. Arizona State
LB – DeAundre Brown, Sr. Tulsa
LB – Dan Molls, Sr. Toledo
LB – Phillip Steward, Sr. Houston
DB – Cody Davis, Sr. Texas Tech
DB – Dominick LeGrande, Sr. Marshall
DB – Leon McFadden, Sr. SDSU
DB – Kenny Vaccaro, Sr. Texas
P – Sean Sellwood, Sr. Utah
PR – Dustin Harris, Sr. Texas A&M

QB Braxton Miller, Soph. Ohio State

A case could certainly be made for Kansas State's Collin Klein as an MVP, and with 25 touchdown passes and no picks there's little argument to be made against West Virginia's Geno Smith, but the Wildcats have a defense and the Mountaineers lost to Texas Tech. Miller so far has been college football's best overall combination of Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Player ranking seventh in the nation in rushing averaging 139 yards per game, while not ignoring the passing attack completing 60% of his passes 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns with four picks. But it's more than that for the Buckeye sophomore, but he's not just the leader for the Ohio State attack, he's often the only thing that's working for the offense. In this exhibition season for the program, Ohio State is 7-0, and it wouldn't be without No. 5.

It hasn't mattered that everyone has been keying on him; he's still producing the big rushing stats in the Urban Meyer offense, and when he was slowed down a bit, he started throwing with 249 yards and four scores against Cal. He has a knack for the big play, he has the ability to keep the mistakes to a minimum, and he has been the best player so far this season.

LB Manti Te'o, Sr. Notre Dame

Anti-Irish fans hate it when the school and the football program gets the hype and the glory, but in this case Te'o deserves all the accolades he can receiver as the best defensive player so far at the midseason.

It's impossible to quantify leadership, but this is unquestionably his defense and he is the star of the show for a group that's second in the nation in points allowed, 11th in total defense, fifth in pass efficiency defense, and, Stepfan Taylor play aside, has yet to allow a rushing touchdown despite facing the nation's fourth-best runner (Michigan's Denard Robinson), the sixth-best runner (Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell), the 21st-best runner (Stanford's Taylor) and a Navy ground game that's 14th in the nation.

Te'o's statistics are fine – making 59 tackles with three picks including two against Michigan – but it's his all-around play with key stop after key stop against the run that's been setting the tone. He's taking better angles, he has better instincts, and he has improved his already-terrific game as the signature player on an unbeaten team in the midst of a terrific season.

Ten Best Players of the 2012 Midseason
1. QB Braxton Miller, Soph. Ohio State
2. LB Manti Te'o, Sr. Notre Dame
3. QB Collin Klein, Sr. Kansas State
4. QB Geno Smith, Sr. West Virginia
5. DB Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama
6. QB Johnny Manziel, RFr. Texas A&M
7. DL Damontre Moore, Sr. Texas A&M
8. LB Khaseem Greene, Sr. Rutgers
9. QB Denard Robinson, Sr. Michigan
10. LB Anthony Hitchens, Jr. Iowa

3 Biggest Surprises

1. Oregon State. Few had the Beavers in line for a winning season much less in the Pac-12 title chase. They've shown they can slug it out (the 10-7 win over Wisconsin), get into shootouts (the 38-35 win over Arizona) and can get through the adversity of losing their starting quarterback before a big road game. They're fourth in the nation against the run, eighth in passing, and they're suddenly showing they're for real.

2. Florida. Remember, before the season started there were rumblings that head coach Will Muschamp was on a bit of a hot seat after a disappointing debut. With games against Texas A&M, LSU, and Tennessee to deal with, a 3-3 start before dealing with South Carolina and Georgia wasn't out of the question. Instead, the Gators are nasty, they're tough, and they're No. 2 in the nation with the national championship there for the taking.

3. The Texas Tech defense. It was among the worst in America by the end of last season, ranking last against the run and getting gouged time and again by the high-octane Big 12 attacks. This year, defensive coordinator Art Kaufman appears to be the answer to the revolving wheel of coaches who have tried to make the Red Raider D work. This tear Tech is fourth in the nation in total defense and fourth against the pass despite facing Oklahoma and West Virginia.

3 Biggest Disappointments

1. The Texas defense. There's absolutely no excuse whatsoever for a team with this much talent and athleticism on defense to be 103rd in the nation against the run and 99th in yards allowed. The pass rush has been fantastic and there have been plenty of plays behind the line, but Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Oklahoma gouged the Longhorns. The tackling has been miserable, there have been too many big plays, and after the debacle against the Sooners, the team is trying to find something positive as soon as possible.

2. Auburn. Arkansas has been one of the SEC West's biggest duds, but the loss of Bobby Petrino seemed to set the tone for the program over the summer. No one thought the Hogs were going to beat out Alabama and LSU for the division title, but they weren't supposed to lose to ULM and get obliterated by the Tide and Texas A&M. Arkansas might be bad, but at least if came up with a 24-7 blowout win over Auburn, who at 1-5 is all but assured of a losing season and could struggle to finish with more than three wins. The offense is last in the SEC in scoring and yards, while the defense isn't picking up the slack.

3. USC. It's all relative, and the national title isn't out of the equation quite yet, but the loaded team was supposed to put up gigantic numbers and be back to the good old days when it was the star of the conference. The 5-1 record is good, and being tenth in the BCS standings isn't bad, but the offense is wildly inconsistent and the mistakes are flowing on a regular basis. There's still plenty of time to improve and get to a BCS game, but first the Trojans have to start playing up to their capabilities.

COACH OF THE MIDSEASON - Nick Saban, Alabama

It's easy to overlook now, but the defending national champions had to replace a ton of talent off one of the great statistical defenses of all-time. Where's the household name any receiver? Who's the star running back? Sure, Saban replaced star players with more star players, but he and his staff have been able to make the transition seamless while keeping the team intense and focused week after week. Despite taking everyone's best shot, the Tide has yet to be tested in any way. It takes a special coaching performance to have a team play so well and so sharp week after week.


1. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith completed 45-of-51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in the win over 70-63 win over Baylor.

2. Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton. The senior start caught 21 passes for 233 yards and four scores last week in the wild 59-57 loss to Texas A&M.

3. LSU linebacker Kevin Minter made 20 tackles – 17 solo – with two sacks and a forced fumble in the 14-6 loss to Florida.

TOP FRESHMAN - Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

Miami speedster Duke Johnson, Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs, West Virginia linebacker Isaiah Bruce and TCU pass rusher Devonte Fields are all having big years, and Manziel is a redshirt freshman, but there's no question that in just a few games he's college football's rising superstar. His athleticism and talent weren't a concern, but how would he handle the pressure? So far the team is 5-1 and Manziel has exploded, setting the total yards in a game with his 395-yard, 181 rushing yard day against Louisiana Tech.