2023 Midseason All-American Team Unveiled
It’s hard to believe, but we have officially reached the midway point of the 2023 college football season. From thrilling shootouts to unforgettable goal-line stands, we’ve witnessed some remarkable performances and incredible moments. Now, it’s time to recognize the players who have stood out above all others and have helped deliver these exceptional performances.
As selected by a distinguished panel of writers and analysts, here are the members of the FOX Sports 2023 Midseason All-American team:
Quarterback: Michael Penix Jr., Washington
Penix has emerged as the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. Leading the Huskies to success they haven’t seen in years, Penix leads the country in passing and is the nation’s third-most efficient passer.
Running Back: Audric Estime, Notre Dame
While quarterback Sam Hartman has received a lot of attention, Estime has been the heart and soul of the Irish offense. He’s averaging over 6 yards per carry and is sixth in rushing touchdowns.
Running Back: Jonathon Brooks, Texas
Despite the departures of Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson, the Longhorns’ ground game hasn’t suffered thanks to the play of Brooks. He leads all Power 5 backs in rushing yards per game and yards per rush.
Wide Receiver: Keon Coleman, Florida State
Since joining the Seminoles, Coleman has been impactful, keeping the team undefeated and primed for a College Football Playoff run. Nearly a quarter of his catches have resulted in touchdowns, and he’s consistently produced highlight-reel plays.
Wide Receiver: Rome Odunze, Washington
Odunze has quickly become Penix’s favorite target, ranking second in the country in yards per game. His incredible body control has led to six touchdowns, proving he’s a future first-round pick.
All-Purpose: Travis Hunter, Colorado
Hunter has been the most impactful two-way player in major college football since Chris Gamble nearly 20 years ago. In addition to being a top cornerback, he’s hauled in 29 passes and two scores.
Tight End: Brock Bowers, Georgia
Although sidelined with an ankle injury, Bowers has been dominant at tight end. He leads the competition in catches, averages over 80 yards per game, and consistently moves the chains.
Offensive Line: Joe Alt, Notre Dame
Alt has been key in springing Estime’s long runs and protecting Hartman. He excels in both run blocking and pass protection.
Offensive Line: Zak Zinter, Michigan
Zinter has played a crucial role in Michigan’s ability to dominate opponents. With one sack or fewer per game, Zinter has paved the way for the Wolverines’ rushing attack.
Offensive Center: Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
Van Pran has been a constant for Georgia’s offense, allowing them to maintain balance as they pursue a third consecutive SEC title. Georgia boasts a top-10 passing offense and the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the FBS.
Offensive Line: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
Beebe has been one of the top guards in the country, helping the Wildcats rank 12th in rushing offense. His consistency has been key to Kansas State’s success.
Offensive Line: Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State
Fuaga’s road-grating abilities have allowed tailback Damien Martinez to lead the Pac-12 in rushing yards. Fuaga’s massive frame has made him difficult to overcome for opposing defenders.
Defensive Line: Jonah Elliss, Utah
Elliss leads the Pac-12 in sacks and ranks second in the country in both sacks and tackles for loss. His pressure has been a game-changer for the Utes’ defense.
Defensive Line: Howard Cross III, Notre Dame
Cross has been dominant in the middle of the Irish defense. His ability to stop the run and apply pressure to quarterbacks sets him apart.
Defensive Line: Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois
Newton’s disruptive play has been on display every game. His burst off the line and relentless pursuit of opposing players has made him a one-man wrecking crew.
Linebacker: Danny Stutsman, Oklahoma
Stutsman’s energetic play has epitomized the Sooners’ defensive turnaround. He ranks eighth in tackles for loss and averages nearly 10 tackles per game.
Linebacker: Jay Higgins, Iowa
Higgins may not be flashy, but he gets the job done. He’s fourth in FBS in solo tackles and has been instrumental in Iowa’s stingy defense.
Defensive Back: Cooper DeJean, Iowa
DeJean’s incredible play and ball-hawking ability have made him a key asset for the Hawkeyes. He has yet to allow a touchdown in coverage and is a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.
Defensive Back: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
Abrams-Draine’s play has been vital to Missouri’s resurgence this season. His four interceptions are tied for second-most in the country, and his length makes him a threat to bat down passes.
Defensive Back: Jaylin Simpson, Auburn
Simpson has helped anchor Auburn’s defense with his exceptional play. Quarterbacks actively avoid targeting his side of the field, and he has yet to allow a touchdown in coverage.
These players have stood out in the first half of the 2023 season, delivering exceptional performances that have captivated fans across the nation. With their talent and skill, they have set themselves apart as the best of the best in college football.
Original Story at www.foxsports.com – 2023-10-18 08:15:53