Project Shanks 2012 Midseason All-Americans

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer 

What you see below is the Project Shanks 2012 Mid Season All-American team as selected by yours truly.  If you disagree w/ any of the selections, deal with it.  (Or just email me)

The SEC leads the way with 10 players on the first team.  The next highest?  That would be the Big 12 with four, and no, none of them are on the defensive side of the ball.

To see the team’s in their entirety, scroll down and enjoy.


QB: Geno Smith, West Virginia

Even after a thumping at the hands of Texas Tech, Smith is still the clubhouse leader for the Heisman at the season’s halfway mark.

RB: Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada

Jefferson is the nation's leading rusher at the season's midway point

The nation’s leading rusher is averaging 163 yards a game while scoring a nation-leading 15 touchdowns for the 6-1 Wolfpack.

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State

The workhorse has been a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing Spartan team.  Currently fifth in the nation in rushing yards.

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Sammy Watkins gets most of the pub, but it’s Hopkins who leads the ACC and is the second in the nation in receiving yards.

WR: Terrance Williams, Baylor

Williams is averaging an insane 22.4 yards/catch in 2012

The nation’s leading receiver is averaging an insane 22.4 yards/catch.

WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

Through six games, Bailey already has two more touchdown catches (14) than he did all of last season.

TE: Zach Ertz, Stanford

Ertz has stepped in beautifully for the departed Coby Fleenor, leading the Cardinal in both catches and receiving yards.

OL: D.J. Fluker, Alabama

The massive Fluker paves the way for an Alabama ground game that averages over 200 yards/game.

OL: Jonathan Cooper, UNC

The skilled Tar Heel was recently named a semi-finalist for the Lombardi award.

C: Barrett Jones, Alabama

The nation’s most versatile lineman leads what may be the best offensive line in the nation.

OL: Chance Warmack, Alabama

Warmack might be the best of all the Alabama linemen

As good as Fluker and Jones are, Warmack may very well be the first offensive lineman off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft.

OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The only underclassman on the offense, Lewan possess elite pass protection skills that may place him in the draft’s first round if he decides to leave after the season.



DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

The true sophomore continues to reak havoc on SEC lineman, piling up 6.5 sacks in just seven games in 2012.

DL: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s surge back to the national stage has been led by a nasty defensive front led by Tuitt who has 6.5 sacks through six games.

DL: Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Moore has been a beast in 2012 racking up 8.5 sacks so far

Moore has been a monster on the inside for the Aggies, ranking second nationally with 8.5 sacks.

DL: Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Despite the loss of Brandon Jenkins, Werner has carried his own for the Noles racking up 6.5 sacks on the short season.

LB: Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Jones continues to play at a high level, leading all SEC linebackers in sacks in 2012.

LB: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Defensive player for Heisman? No one deserves it more than Te'o

The unquestioned leader of the ND defense is without a doubt the premiere middle linebacker in college football.

LB: DeAundre Brown, Tulsa

Brown is having a monster 2012 season registering 69 tackles & 8 sacks on the young season.

CB: Johnathan Banks, Mississippi State

Banks has replaced David Amerson as the top cornerback in 2012.

S: Matt Elam, Florida

The Gators have climbed to No. 2 in the BCS rankings because of a stifling defense that’s led by Elam.

S: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

Thomas leads the nation with six INTs

The senior safety currently leads the nation with six interceptions to go along with two sacks and 48 tackles in 2012.

CB: Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Poyer is tied for second nationally with five interceptions including an OSU record three against Washington State

Special Teams:

K: Caleb Sturgis, Florida

P: Jeff Locke, UCLA

KR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

PR: Ace Sanders, South Carolina


Second Team:


QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

RB: Mike Gillislee, Florida

RB: Kenjon Barner, Oregon

WR: Marqise Lee, USC

WR: Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia

TE: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

OL: Larry Swafford, Kentucky

C: Joe Madsen, West Virginia

OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor

OL: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M



DE: Sam Montgomery, LSU

DT: Will Sutton, Arizona State

DT: Chris Jones, Bowling Green

DE: Scott Crichton, Oregon State

LB: Khasheem Greene, Rutgers

LB: Michael Matui, Penn State

LB: Jake Knott, Iowa State

CB: Dee Milliner, Alabama

S: T.J. McDonald, USC

S: Eric Reid, LSU

CB: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State


Special Teams:

K: Andrew Furney, Washington St

P: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

KR: Dri Archer, Kent St

PR: Rashad Greene, Florida State


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  1. Scott Crichton 2nd team?!! He’s tallied 11 TFL and 8 sacks in 5 games!! 5 games!! Oregon State has played two top 25 teams and just beat a BYU squad that ranked 5th in total defense. Everybody else on your first team has fewer sacks and 6 or 7 games!! He leads 3rd in the nation right behind damontre moore. Oh, and your CB first team Jordan Boyer is spelled with a “P” not a “B”. Jordan Poyer 🙂

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