USA TODAY Sports activities’ Mackenzie Salmon breaks down the trail to Alabama’s dynamic nationwide championship run.
After final the books in this season with a 52-24 win towards Ohio State within the School Soccer Playoff nationwide championship, Alabama’s largest names are the celebrities on USA TODAY Sports activities’ 2020-21 all-bowl staff.
Quarterback Mac Jones, operating again Najee Harris and huge receiver DeVonta Smith had been simple choices because the Pink Tide breezed previous Notre Dame and the Buckeyes to say their 6th name beneath trainer Nick Saban.
The Alabama trio are joined by means of postseason standouts reminiscent of Appalachian State operating again Camerun Peoples, who set bowl dashing information; Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari, who had an unstoppable sport within the Peach Bowl; and Kentucky punter Max Duffy, who managed box place and helped the Wildcats beat North Carolina State within the Gator Bowl.
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Together with the playoff championship, there have been 26 postseason video games right through a yr when many bowls had been canceled because of COVID-19.
QB:Mac Jones, Alabama
Jones threw for 9 touchdowns with simply 14 incompletions within the two playoff video games and set a playoff championship sport checklist with 464 passing yards.
RB: Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State
RB: Najee Harris, Alabama
Peoples ran for a bowl-record 317 yards and tied the bowl checklist with 5 dashing touchdowns as Appalachian State ripped via North Texas to win the Myrtle Seaside Bowl. Harris ran for 125 yards within the semifinals towards Notre Dame after which added 79 yards dashing, 79 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns towards the Buckeyes.
WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama
WR: Chris Olave, Ohio State
TE: Isaac Rex, Brigham Younger
Smith performed just a part of the championship sport however nonetheless earned Offensive MVP honors with 12 catches for 215 yards and 3 rankings. With quarterback Justin Fields overshadowed by means of Jones and operating again Trey Sermon injured for nearly all the championship sport, Olave represents the Ohio State offense after knocking down 132 receiving yards and two rankings towards Clemson and main the Buckeyes with 69 yards towards the Pink Tide. Rex had the most efficient efficiency of his sturdy freshman season with 96 receiving yards and two touchdowns because the Cougars beat Central Florida within the Boca Raton Bowl.
OL: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
OL: Aaron Dowdell, Georgia Southern
OL: Sam Gerak, Northwestern
OL: Baer Hunter, Appalachian State
OL: Erik Swenson, Oklahoma
As anticipated, Leatherwood was once terrific right through Alabama’s march to the nationwide championship. Dowdell performed each snap of Georgia Southern’s 38-Three win within the New Orleans Bowl towards Louisiana Tech because the Eagles racked up 322 dashing yards. With Gerak at heart, the Wildcats received 457 yards of offense to overcome Auburn within the Citrus Bowl. Hunter had seven knockdowns because the Mountaineers racked up 500 yards at the flooring. Swenson was once the top-graded performer alongside an offensive entrance that chewed up Florida to the track of 55 issues and 684 yards.
DL: Christian Barmore, Alabama
DL: Tristan Nichols, Nevada
DL: Elijah James, Liberty
DL: Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
Barmore had a sack in every of the Tide’s two playoff video games and was once the Defensive MVP of the championship sport. Nichols had two sacks in Nevada’s Idaho Potato Bowl win towards Tulane. James blocked a Coastal Carolina box purpose in additional time to maintain Liberty’s 37-34 win within the Treatment Bowl and safe the most efficient season in program historical past. Johnson had six tackles and 1½ sacks because the Aggies held North Carolina to a season-low 2.7 yards in line with lift within the Orange Bowl.
LB: Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
LB: O’Rien Vance, Iowa State
LB: Josh Chandler-Semedo, West Virginia
Ojulari pulled down 3 sacks and compelled a couple of fumbles as Georgia edged previous Cincinnati within the Peach Bowl. Vance had 4 tackles, one take on for loss and two fumble recoveries in keying the Cyclones’ win within the Fiesta Bowl towards Oregon. Chandler-Semedo made 13 tackles and the game-clinching interception as WVU close down Military’s vaunted operating sport to win the Liberty Bowl.
CB: Woodi Washington, Oklahoma
CB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
S: Justin Birdsong, Georgia Southern
S: Bryce Cosby, Ball State
Washington closed an unheralded however very a success redshirt freshman season with 3 solo tackles and an interception because the Sooners held Kyle Trask to only 156 yards passing. Forbes had a 90-yard interception go back for a landing because the Bulldogs beat Tulsa 28-26 within the Armed Forces Bowl. Birdsong had two of Georgia Southern’s 4 interceptions within the rout of Louisiana Tech. After incomes first-team all-conference honors right through the common season, Cosby made 8 solo tackles and an interception to earn Defensive MVP honors in Ball State’s Arizona Bowl win towards San Jose State.
Okay: Jack Podlesny, Georgia
P: Max Duffy, Kentucky
ALL-PURPOSE: Bijan Robinson, Texas
Podlesny was once best possible on his 3 makes an attempt, together with a 53-yard take a look at with seconds left to raise Georgia previous Cincinnati. Duffy have shyed away from a doubtlessly game-changing blocked punt in the second one quarter and had 3 key punts within the fourth to maintain Kentucky’s bowl win. Robinson closed his freshman season with a bang by means of operating for 183 yards with 3 touchdowns because the Longhorns destroyed Colorado within the Alamo Bowl.
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