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2007-2008 CFN All-Bowl Team
Purdue QB Curtis Painter
Purdue QB Curtis Painter
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 10, 2008


Who were the best players of the 2007-2008 bowl season? Who were the ones who made the games memorable, and who were the ones, like Purdue QB Curtis Painter, who put up ridiculous numbers and came up with the best performances? Check it all out in the CFN All-Bowl Team.


By Pete Fiutak

For yet another year, as the only human being on the planet to watch, and sometimes check out twice, all 32 bowl games, I a) need to get a far more entertaining life and b) know far too much about this bowl season and its best players. Here's the 2007-2008 CFN All-Bowl Team and the best players and performers.

- 2006-2007 CFN All-Bowl Team

Offense
 
QBCurtis Painter, Purdue vs. Central Michigan, Motor City Bowl
35-54, 546 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions
 
Honorable Mention: Erik Ainge, Tennessee vs. Wisconsin, Outback Bowl; John David Booty, USC vs. Illinois, Rose Bowl; Tom Brandstater, Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech, Humanitarian Bowl; Matt Flynn, LSU vs. Ohio State, BCS Championship; Graham Harrell, Texas Tech vs. Virginia, Gator Bowl; Chad Henne, Michigan vs. Florida, Capital One Bowl; Brian Johnson, Utah vs. Navy, Poinsettia Bowl; Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan vs. Purdue, Motor City Bowl; Ben Mauk, Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss, PapaJohns.com Bowl; Donovan Porterie, New Mexico vs. Nevada, New Mexico Bowl; Kevin Riley, Cal vs. Air Force, Armed Forces Bowl; Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State vs. Indiana, Insight Bowl; Paul Smith, Tulsa vs. Bowling Green, GMAC Bowl, Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis, New Orleans Bowl; Pat White, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl; Andre Woodson, Kentucky vs. Florida State, Music City Bowl
 
 RBChris Johnson, East Carolina vs. Boise State, Hawaii Bowl
Johnson ran 28 times for 223 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 32 yards and a score, and returned six kickoffs for 153 yards. He set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a bowl with 408 yards
 
 RB
Tony Temple, Missouri vs. Arkansas, Cotton Bowl
Temple ran 24 times for 281 yards and four touchdowns.
 
Honorable Mention:
Tarrion Adams
, Tulsa vs. Bowling Green, GMAC Bowl; Yvenson Bernard, Oregon State vs. Maryland, Emerald Bowl; Jamaal Charles, Texas vs. Arizona State, Holiday Bowl; Justin Forsett, California vs. Air Force, Armed Forces Bowl; Mike Hart, Michigan vs. Florida, Capital One Bowl; P.J. Hill, Wisconsin vs. Tennessee, Outback Bowl; Rafael Little, Kentucky vs. Florida State, Music City Bowl; Joe McKnight, USC vs. Illinois, Rose Bowl; Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois vs. USC, Rose Bowl; Branden Ore, Virginia Tech vs. Kansas, Orange Bowl; Mikell Simpson, Virginia vs. Texas Tech, Gator Bowl; Ray Rice, Rutgers vs. Ball State, International Bowl; Clifton Smith, Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech, Humanitarian Bowl; Kevin Smith, UCF vs. Mississippi State, Liberty Bowl; Jonathan Stewart, Oregon vs. South Florida, Sun Bowl; Chris Wells, Ohio State vs. LSU, BCS Championship
 
WRAdrian Arrington, Michigan vs. Florida, Capital One Bowl
Nine catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
 
WR
Percy Harvin, Florida vs. Michigan, Capital One Bowl
13 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown, and nine catches for 77 yards and a score
 
Honorable Mention: Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan vs. Purdue, Donnie Avery, Houston vs. TCU, Texas Bowl; Motor City Bowl; Kenny Britt, Rutgers vs. Ball State, International Bowl; Travis Brown, New Mexico vs. Nevada, New Mexico Bowl; Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State vs. Indiana, Insight Bowl; Austin Collie, BYU vs. UCLA, Las Vegas Bowl; Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech vs. Virginia, Gator Bowl; Dexton Fields, Kansas vs. Virginia Tech, Orange Bowl; Rich Gunnell, Boston College vs. Michigan State, Champs Sports Bowl; Steve Johnson, Kentucky vs. Florida State, Music City Bowl; Robert Jordan, California vs. Air Force, Armed Forces Bowl; Dante Love, Ball State vs. Rutgers, International Bowl; Kenneth Moore, Wake Forest vs. Connecticut, Meineke Car Care Bowl; Jason Rivers, Hawaii vs. Georgia, Sugar Bowl
 
TEDustin Keller, Purdue vs. Central Michigan, Motor City Bowl
Seven catches, 150 yards, one touchdown
 
Honorable Mention: Fred Davis, USC vs. Illinois, Rose Bowl; Tyson DeVree, Colorado vs. Alabama, Independence Bowl
 
OL
Sam Baker, USC vs. Illinois, Rose Bowl 
OLHerman Johnson, LSU vs. Ohio State, BCS Championship
OL
Adam Kraus, Michigan vs. Florida, Capital One Bowl 
OLRyan Stancheck, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl
OL
Ryan Wendell, Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech, Humanitarian Bowl
 
 
Honorable Mention: Branden Albert, Virginia vs. Texas Tech, Gator Bowl; Andy Kemp, Wisconsin vs. Tennessee, Outback Bowl; Pedro Sosa, Rutgers vs. Ball State, International Bowl; Eugene Wang, Virginia Tech vs. Kansas, Orange Bowl; Jeremy Zuttah, Rutgers vs. Ball State, International Bowl; The entire Georgia offensive line; The entire Oregon offensive line;
 
Defense
 
DLBruce Davis, UCLA vs. BYU, Las Vegas Bowl
Davis made seven tackles and three sacks 

DLDerrick Harvey, Florida vs. Michigan, Capital One Bowl
Harvey made eight tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss 

DLMarcus Howard, Georgia vs. Hawaii, Sugar Bowl
Howard made four tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, forced two tumbles, and recovered one for a touchdown
 
DLPat Sims, Auburn vs. Clemson, Chick-fil-A Bowl
Sims made five tackles, a sack, and three tackles for loss
 
Honorable Mention: Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss, PapaJohns.com Bowl; Tyler Clutts, Fresno State vs. Georgia Tech, Humanitarian Bowl; Eric Foster, Rutgers vs. Ball State, International Bowl; Wallace Gilberry, Alabama vs. Colorado, Independence Bowl; Rajon Henry, Texas Tech vs. Virginia, Gator Bowl; Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU vs. Ohio State, BCS Championship; Orion Martin, Virginia Tech vs. Kansas, Orange Bowl; Dorian Smith, Oregon State vs. Maryland, Emerald Bowl;  
 
LBChris Chamberlain, Tulsa vs. Bowling Green, GMAC Bowl
Chamberlain made 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble

LBSean Lee, Penn State vs. Texas A&M, Alamo Bowl
Lee made 14 tackles, a tackle for loss and broke up a pass.
 
LBRey Maualuga, USC vs. Illinois, Rose Bowl
Maualuga made four tackles, three sacks, forced a fumble and came up with an interception.  
 
Honorable Mention: Stanley Arnoux, Wake Forest vs. Connecticut, Meineke Car Care Bowl; Jonathan Casillas, Wisconsin vs. Tennessee, Outback Bowl; Jordon Dizon, Colorado vs. Alabama, Independence Bowl; Derrick Doggett, Oregon State vs. Maryland, Emerald Bowl; Frantz Joseph, Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis, New Orleans Bowl; Alain Karatepeyan, Tulsa vs. Bowling Green, GMAC Bowl; Jerod Mayo, Tennessee vs. Wisconsin, Outback Bowl; Derek Nicholson, Florida State vs. Kentucky, Music City Bowl;  Brandon Spikes, Florida vs. Michigan, Capital One Bowl; Reed Williams, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl; Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky vs. Florida State, Music City Bowl
 
DBJairus Byrd, Oregon vs. South Florida, Sun Bowl
Byrd led the Ducks with eight tackles with two interceptions, four broken up passes, and a forced fumble.

DBJamie Silva, Boston College vs. Michigan State, Champs Sports Bowl
Silva made ten tackles and intercepted two passes
 
DBDeAngelo Smith, Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss, PapaJohns.com Bowl
Smith made five tackles, broke up a pass and picked off three passes.
 
 
DBAqib Talib, Kansas vs. Virginia Tech, Orange Bowl
Talib made five tackles and returned an interception for a score.

Honorable Mention: Asher Allen, Georgia vs. Hawaii, Sugar Bowl; Tony Carter, Florida State vs. Kentucky, Music City Bowl; Joe Dale, Utah vs. Navy, Poinsettia Bowl; Vontae Davis, Illinois vs. USC, Rose Bowl; Brandon Foster, Texas vs. Arizona State, Holiday Bowl; Courtney Greene, Rutgers vs. Ball State, International Bowl; Cary Harris, USC vs. Illinois, Rose Bowl; Rashad Johnson, Alabama vs. Colorado, Independence Bowl; J.J. Justice, Maryland vs. Oregon State, Emerald Bowl; William Moore, Missouri vs. Arkansas, Cotton Bowl; Derek Pegues, Mississippi State vs. UCF, Liberty Bowl; Rocky Schwartz, Houston vs. TCU, Texas Bowl; Andre Sexton, Oklahoma State vs. Indiana, Insight Bowl; Marty Tadman, Boise State vs. East Carolina, Hawaii Bowl; Syd’Quan Thompson, California vs. Air Force, Armed Forces Bowl; Ryan Walters, Colorado vs. Alabama, Independence Bowl
 
 
Special Teams
 
PKBen Hartman, East Carolina vs. Boise State, Hawaii Bowl
Hartman hit both field goal attempts (36, 34 yards) including the game-winner as time ran out.
 
PKyle Tucker, Kansas vs. Virginia Tech, Orange Bowl
Tucker punted five times for 250 yards, averaging 50 yards per kick, putting three inside the 20
 
KR - Chris Johnson, East Carolina vs. Boise State, Hawaii Bowl
Johnson returned six kickoffs for 153 yards. He set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a bowl with 408 yards
 
PRBrandon James, Florida vs. Michigan, Capital One Bowl
Two returns for 41 yards (20.5-yard average).

Honorable Mention: P Johnny Ayers, Boston College vs. Michigan State, Champs Sports Bowl; P Jeremy Boone, Penn State vs. Texas A&M, Alamo Bowl; P Justin Brantly, Texas A&M vs. Penn State, Alamo Bowl; PK Brandon Coutu, Georgia vs. Hawaii, Sugar Bowl; P Kevin Huber, Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss, PapaJohns.com Bowl;
 
Coach of the Bowl SeasonBill Stewart, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl