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College Football 24/7 2014 All-American Team

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The 2014 CFB 24/7 All-America team includes the Heisman winner, two other Heisman finalists, the nation's leading rusher, the nation's leading receiver, the nation's interceptions leader and three of the nation's top five sack artists.


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In short, it's a team loaded with talent.

Here's a position-by-position look (the team was voted on by a six-man panel: Gil Brandt, Charles Davis, Bryan Fischer, Chase Goodbread, Mike Huguenin and Daniel Jeremiah). Vote totals are in parentheses.

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OFFENSE


QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon (6)

The skinny: Mariota, a junior, won the Heisman and has led Oregon into the CFB Playoff. He has thrown for 3,773 yards and 38 touchdowns and rushed for another 669 yards and 14 scores. Mariota has accounted for at least four TDs in 10 games this season and at least five TDs four times.

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (6)

The skinny: Gordon, a junior, was the Heisman runner-up. He leads the nation in rushing (2,336 yards) and rushing TDs (26). He is seven yards away from moving into the No. 3 spot on the single-season rushing list. He has had 11 100-yard games and five 200-yard games this season.

RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana (6)

The skinny: Coleman, a junior, is second nationally in rushing at 2,036 yards and has 15 rushing TDs. Coleman has had four 200-yard games this season and three three-TD games. His 15 TDs this season covered an average of 41 yards.


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FB Jalston Fowler, Alabama (4)

The skinny: Fowler, a senior, had just 21 touches this season -- 12 rushes, nine receptions -- and did almost all of his work as a physical lead blocker for the Tide's tailbacks.
Other FBs receiving votes: Georgia Tech's Zach Laskey (2)

WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (6)

The skinny: Cooper, a junior, leads the nation in receptions (115) and receiving yards (1,656) and is tied for second with 14 touchdown receptions. He set a single-season SEC record with his receptions total. He has had seven 100-yard games and three 200-yard games this season.

WR Kevin White, West Virginia (4)

The skinny: White had a breakthrough senior season and has 102 receptions for 1,318 yards and nine TDs. He is fifth nationally in receptions and sixth in receiving yards.
Other WRs receiving votes: Colorado State's Rashard Higgins (2)


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TE Nick O'Leary, Florida State (4)

The skinny: O'Leary, a senior, won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. O'Leary, who is Jack Nicklaus' grandson, has 47 receptions for 614 yards and six TDs.
Other TEs receiving votes: Miami's Clive Walford (1), Minnesota's Maxx Williams (1)

OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa (6)

The skinny: Scherff, a senior, was one of the most hyped linemen in the nation entering the season, and he lived up to the hype, winning the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman. He is a dominating run blocker with the quickness and agility to also handle speed rushers.

OT La'el Collins, LSU (3)

The skinny: Collins, a senior, is another lineman who lived up to his preseason billing. LSU was a run-dominant team, and Collins stood out in that facet.
Other OTs receiving votes: Oregon's Jake Fisher (1), Stanford's Andrus Peat (1), Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley (1)

G Laken Tomlinson, Duke (3)

The skinny: Tomlinson, a senior, was the best player on a Duke team that won nine games for just the sixth time in school history. He helped pave the way for a strong rushing attack.


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G A.J. Cann, South Carolina (2)

The skinny: Cann is a four-year starter for the Gamecocks and was a big reason South Carolina is averaging 169.4 rushing yards per game.
Other guards receiving votes: Wisconsin's Kyle Costigan (1), USC's Toa Lobendahn (1), Florida State's Tre Jackson (1), Georgia Tech's Shaq Mason (1), Alabama's Arie Kouandjio (1), Baylor's Spencer Drango (1), Texas A&M's Jarvis Harrison (1)

C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon (3)

The skinny: Grasu was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center, despite missing the final three games with a leg injury. A senior, he helps make the Ducks' powerful offense run smoothly.
Other centers receiving votes: Auburn's Reese Dismukes (2), Florida State's Cameron Erving (1)

DEFENSE


DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State (4)

The skinny: The sophomore end -- whose dad, John, played defensive end at Boston College and was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1987 -- leads the Big Ten with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.

DE Shane Ray, Missouri (4)

The skinny: Ray, a junior end, leads the SEC and is tied for third nationally with 14 sacks; he also was second in the SEC and sixth nationally with 21 tackles for loss for a defense that led the Tigers to their second consecutive SEC East title.
Other DEs receiving votes: Utah's Nate Orchard (3), Nebraska's Randy Gregory (1)

DT Danny Shelton, Washington (5)

The skinny: Shelton, a senior, is a stocky presence (6-2, 339) in the middle of the line, but he is incredibly disruptive for a nose tackle. He has nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss to go along with 89 total tackles; Shelton also has four fumble recoveries.

DT Leonard Williams, USC (4)

The skinny: Williams, a junior end, can play all along the line and might be the most talented player in the nation regardless of position. He has 71 tackles and six sacks.
Other DTs receiving votes: Texas' Malcom Brown (2), Penn State's Anthony Zettel (1)


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LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA (3)

The skinny: Kendricks, a senior, won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Kendricks, whose brother, Mychal, plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, is sixth nationally with 139 tackles.

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LB Shaq Thompson, Washington (3)

The skinny: Thompson, a junior, is one of the most hyped players in the nation because he plays both ways, seeing time at tailback on offense. He has made 70 tackles this season, and has returned three fumbles for touchdowns.

LB Scooby Wright, Arizona (5)

The skinny: Wright, a sophomore, won the Bednarik and Nagurski awards, which go to the nation's top defender, and the Lombardi, which goes to the top lineman or linebacker. He is in the top five nationally in sacks, tackles, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.
Other LBs receiving votes: Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney (2), Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha (2), TCU's Paul Dawson (1), Miami's Denzel Perryman (1), Penn State's Mike Hull (1)

CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon (2)

The skinny: Ekpre-Olomu, a senior, has two interceptions and nine pass breakups for the Ducks. He also is solid in run support and has made 63 tackles.

CB Senquez Golson, Mississippi (3)

The skinny: Golson, a senior, is second nationally with nine interceptions. He also has eight pass breakups and 41 tackles.
Other CBs receiving votes: Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III (1), TCU's Kevin White (1), Florida State's P.J. Williams (1), LSU's Jalen Collins (1), Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller (1), LSU's Jalen Mills (1), Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson (1)

FS Gerod Holliman, Louisville (6)

The skinny: Holliman, a third-year sophomore who is turning pro, has tied an FBS single-season record with 14 interceptions. He could set the record in the Belk Bowl against Georgia. He won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.

SS Landon Collins (5)

The skinny: Collins, a junior, is a big hitter who leads the Tide with 90 tackles and three interceptions. He was a Thorpe finalist.
Other safeties receiving votes: TCU's Sam Carter (1)


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SPECIAL TEAMS


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K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (4)

The skinny: Aguayo, a third-year sophomore, was a finalist for the Lou Groza award, which goes to the nation's top kicker. He is 25-of-27 on field-goal attempts, including 3-of-3 from at least 50 yards, with a long of 53.
Other kickers receiving votes: Maryland's Brad Craddock (1), West Virginia's Josh Lambert (1)

P J.K. Scott, Alabama (3)

The skinny: Scott, a true freshman, is third nationally with a 47.0-yard average. Alabama is second nationally in net punting at 43.4 yards per punt.
Other punters receiving votes: Utah's Tom Hackett (1), Ohio State's Cameron Johnston (1), Idaho's Austin Rehkow (1)

RS Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (3)

The skinny: Lockett, a senior who is one of the best wide receivers in the Big 12, leads the nation in punt returns; he is averaging 19.0 yards and has taken two back for TDs (against UTEP and West Virginia).
Other return specialists receiving votes: Alabama-Birmingham's J.J. Nelson (1), Utah's Kaelin Clay (1), USC's Adoree Jackson (1)

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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