2013 CFN All-Sophomore Team
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
Posted Dec 11, 2013

Who were the best second-year players in college football this season?

2013 All-Sophomore Team


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Offensive Sophomore of the Year: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

First Team 

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Nah, the encore didn't match the Heisman campaign of 2012, and vintage moments were less common, but Manziel continues to be one of the most electrifying and influential playmakers at the quarterback position. Improved as a pure pocket passer this fall, he's thrown for 33 touchdowns, run for eight more scores and ranks among the nation's leaders in passer rating and completion percentage.

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
One of college football's best long-ball hitters from the backfield is averaging 8.6 yards per carry after popping off 1,466 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 181 regular season carries. Graceful and explosive, Gordon is the kind of one-cut weapon who cannot be allowed to get into space. And at 6-1 and north of 200 pounds, he's big enough to be used in multiple packages.

RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
Second only to Auburn's Tre Mason in SEC rushing, despite missing the opener, Hill has barreled for 1,185 yards and 14 touchdowns on 175 carries in 11 games. He's the physical complement to the LSU passing game, plowing through tacklers, yet also running with excellent agility and footwork. NFL teams will fall in love with Hill's film if he decides to forego his remaining years of eligibility.

WR Davante Adams, Fresno State
A lot of West Coast schools missed on Adams, who had a dearth of offers—and just one from the Pac-12—coming out of Palo Alto (Calif.) High School. Bully for the Bulldogs, who've been the beneficiaries over the last two seasons. No match for Mountain West defensive backs in 2013, Adams leads the country with 122 catches for 1,645 yards and a nation's-best 23 touchdown grabs.

WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel's favorite target was a man among boys at times this season, catching 65 balls for 1,322 yards and an SEC-high dozen touchdowns. At 6-5 and 225 pounds, he has the long frame and huge mitts to just pluck balls out of the air. Evans has had a knack for playing big when it matters most, burning Alabama and Auburn 18 times for an astounding 566 yards and five touchdowns.

TE Devin Funchess, Michigan
Yeah, Funchess has to cut down on his number of drops, but the Wolverines are going to be patient with his development as long as he remains one of the nation's most dangerous seam-busters at the position. The Mackey Award semifinalist—and Second Team All-Big Ten selection—has parlayed just 47 catches into 727 yards and six touchdowns so far this year.

OT Andrus Peat, Stanford
NFL scouts are already taking long looks at Peat, who'll be eligible to leave for the draft following the 2014 college season. The 6-7, 313-pounder is the latest in a long line of gifted blindside protectors on the Farm, using his base, strength and athleticism to manhandle opposing ends. Peat was named Second Team All-Pac-12, a precursor to All-America contention a year from now.

OG Dexter Charles, Washington
Charles enjoyed a breakout season for the Huskies, starting all but two games when he was in October. A terrific athlete at 6-4 and 289 pounds, he gets out of his stance very quickly, an unheralded cog in RB Bishop Sankey's monster season on the ground. Charles was one of eight U-Dub players to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12.

C Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
Following in the footsteps of Duck Hroniss Grasu, Seumalo is the second straight center from the state of Oregon named to the All-Sophomore Team. Seumalo has been the starter inside since the moment he stepped foot on campus, showcasing the maturity, know-how and fundamentals of an elite Beaver recruit. A year after being named honorable mention all-league, he's elevated to the All-Pac-12 Second team.

OG Trai Turner, LSU
Turner has started every game this season for the Tigers, landing on the AP All-SEC Second Team. He's a physical 6-3, 316-pounder, a road-grader who paved the way for plenty of Jeremy Hill's big runs this season. Turner has 54 knockdowns entering the bowl game, testament to his ability to drive opposing defensive linemen off the ball.

OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
Robinson is one of the fastest rising blockers in the country, an often overlooked, 6-5, 320-pound cog in the unstoppable Auburn ground game. He's one of the country's most powerful blockers, often pancaking opposing linemen or simply tossing them aside like defensive backs. Robinson was named to the All-SEC First Team, with his next honors likely to come on Sundays.

Second Team 

QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

TE Tyler Kroft, Rutgers

OT Tyler Marz, Wisconsin
OG Vidal Alexander, LSU
C Jake Brendel, UCLA
OG Landon Turner, North Carolina
OT Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah

Honorable Mention

QB: Connor Cook (Michigan State), Taysom Hill (BYU), Kevin Hogan (Stanford) Brett Hundley (UCLA), Matt Johnson (Bowling Green), Cody Kessler (USC), Joe Licata (Buffalo), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Keenan Reynolds (Navy), Joel Stave (Wisconsin), Nate Sudfeld (Indiana)

RB: Jay Ajayi (Boise State), Javorius Allen (USC), Horactio Banks (Ball State), Tevin Coleman (Indiana), Dallas Crawford (Miami), Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech), Josh Ferguson (Illinois), Travis Greene (Bowling Green), Todd Gurley (Georgia), Russell Hansbrough (Missouri), Paul James (Rutgers), Duke Johnson (Miami), Saylor Lavallii (Central Michigan), Robert Lowe (Texas State), Tre Madden (USC), Byron Marshall (Oregon), Jordan Parker (Middle Tennessee), Jerron Seymour (Vanderbilt), Jamaal Williams (BYU), Jonathan Williams (Arkansas), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama)

WR: Bralon Addison (Oregon), Nelson Agholor (USC), Quenton Bundrage (Iowa State), Leonte Carroo (Rutgers), Sammie Coates (Auburn), Amari Cooper (Alabama), DaVaris Daniels (Notre Dame), Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), Stefon Diggs (Maryland), Devin Fuller (UCLA), Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri), Deontay Greenberry (Houston), Chris Harper (Cal), Darius Joseph (SMU), Demetri Knowles (Virginia Tech), Gabe Marks (Washington State), Jaydon Mickens (Washington), Richard Mullaney (Oregon State), Breshad Perriman (UCF), Alonzo Russell (Toledo), Bryce Treggs (Cal), Jordan Williams (Ball State), Shane Williams-Rhodes (Boise State)

TE: Jesse James (Penn State)

OL: Austin Blythe (Iowa State), Evan Boehm (Missouri), Taylor Decker (Ohio State), Spencer Drango (Baylor), Parker Ehinger (Cincinnati), Alex Huettel (Bowling Green), Tyler Johnstone (Oregon), Ryan Kelly (Alabama), Mike Matthews (Texas A&M), Justin Northern (Fresno State), Brandon Shell (South Carolina), Donovan Smith (Penn State), Jason Spriggs (Indiana), Max Tuerk (USC)

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