2012-13 College Football All-Bowl Team
The 2012-13 college football bowl season is finally over, and there were no shortage of noteworthy performers. From Johnny Manziel's stat-stuffing outing in the Cotton Bowl to Jadeveon Clowney's incredible hit in the Outback Bowl, SI.com recognizes the stars of the season with this year's All-Bowl Team. For more coverage of each game, check out SI.com's bowl archive, Holly Anderson's Twitter wraps and this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.
• QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: The Heisman winner added a fitting final chapter to his historic redshirt freshman campaign. Manziel accounted for a Cotton Bowl-record 516 yards of total offense to spark the Aggies' 41-13 rout of Oklahoma.
• RB Kerwynn Williams, Utah State: Utah State beat Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on the first day of college football's postseason, but no running back has topped Williams' performance since: The Aggie rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 18 attempts, a staggering 13.1 yards per carry.
• FB Lonnie Pryor, Florida State: Who says fullback is an overlooked position? Despite finishing the regular season with just 242 rushing yards, Pryor torched Northern Illinois for 134 in the Orange Bowl -- including touchdown runs of 60 and 37 yards, respectively.
• WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson: Hopkins made sure there would be no repeat of last year's embarrassing bowl loss to West Virginia. In addition to racking up 191 receiving yards and two touchdowns, he corralled a 26-yard grab on fourth-and-16 to set up the game-winning field goal against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
• WR Austin Hill, Arizona: In a back-and-forth New Mexico Bowl shootout -- Arizona and Nevada combined for a whopping 1,237 yards and 70 first downs -- Hill helped fuel the Wildcats' late rally. He hauled in eight passes for 175 yards, including two pivotal fourth-quarter touchdowns.
• TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati: Relatively quiet for most of the game, Kelce made the biggest catch of the Bearcats' season -- and the longest in Belk Bowl history -- with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. The redshirt senior snuck behind Duke's defense for an 83-yard catch-and-run, a play that all but wrapped up Cincy's wild win in Charlotte.
• OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse: The unsung heroes of Syracuse's Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia may well have been every member of the offensive line. Pugh was no exception, dominating in the trenches to allow running back Prince-Tyson Gulley to scamper for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
• OL Chance Warmack, Alabama: The BCS title game was all but over after the opening quarter, and Warmack was a major reason why. 'Bama's offensive line had its way with Notre Dame's vaunted front seven en route to 100-yard rushing efforts from Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
• OL Barrett Jones, Alabama: Perhaps the most versatile offensive lineman in Crimson Tide history, Jones won his third national championship from his third different position (right guard, left tackle and center) on Jan. 7. He got involved in a brief fourth-quarter screaming match with Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, but Jones' play did most of the talking: He provided the time necessary for McCarron to throw for 264 yards and four touchdowns.
• OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor: The second-team AP All-America paved the way for the Bears' Holiday Bowl blowout. Richardson kept UCLA's front seven at bay while Baylor's backs -- led by Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin -- rushed for a combined 337 yards and five touchdowns.
• OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M: Potentially the top pick in April's NFL draft, Joeckel helped the Aggies successfully cap their resurgent campaign. He dominated Oklahoma's defensive front, and Texas A&M racked up 633 yards of total offense in an overpowering Cotton Bowl rout.
• DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: South Carolina and Michigan's Outback Bowl thriller was decided on a last-second Bruce Ellington touchdown, but Clowney's hit on Wolverines running back Vincent Smith overshadowed everything else. The impact launched Smith's helmet 11 yards behind the line of scrimmage, jarred the ball loose (Clowney recovered the fumble) and sparked a slew of internet gifs, memes and proclamations regarding where the play ranks among the most memorable in college football history.
• DL Alex Okafor, Texas: Oregon State led 27-17 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Texas ultimately prevailed thanks to a stifling late defensive effort. Okafor registered eight tackles and an Alamo Bowl-record 4.5 sacks to help the Longhorns hold the Beavers to negative-four yards in the final period.
• DL Quentin Williams, Northwestern: The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder started the Gator Bowl off in style. Williams returned a Tyler Russell interception 29 yards to the end zone on the third play of the game, setting the tone for Northwestern's first bowl victory since 1949.
• LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU: The Cougars scored three touchdowns in their 23-6 Poinsettia Bowl win over San Diego State -- and linebacker Van Noy had two of them. The junior recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, but his fumble recovery in the end zone and 17-yard pick-six ended what had been a field-goal battle and gave BYU the win.
• LB Kevin Minter, LSU: The Tigers' top linebacker left a striking final impression. Though LSU lost a Chick-fil-A Bowl heartbreaker in the final seconds to Clemson, Minter collected a team-high 19 tackles and a sack before declaring for the 2013 NFL draft on Jan. 13.
• LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia: While fellow Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones gets the majority of the national acclaim, Ogletree is an immense talent in his own right. That was on full display during the Bulldogs' Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska, as he amassed 13 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.
• LB Mike Marry, Ole Miss: The 6-2, 248-pound junior made life miserable for Pittsburgh's sputtering offense. Marry tallied seven tackles, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble to complete Ole Miss' turnaround campaign: With a BBVA Compass Bowl victory, the Rebels went from 2-10 to 7-6 in their first year under coach Hugh Freeze.
• CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech: Exum was star both on and off the field during bowl season. First, he spent the $470 Best Buy gift card he received from the Russell Athletic Bowl on three kids from the Bahamas he met in the store. Then, he intercepted Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova early in the fourth quarter to set up the Hokies game-tying touchdown; Exum eventually took home game MVP honors.
• S Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt: The junior safety got the best of NFL draft darling Mike Glennon in the Music City Bowl. Ladler picked off the NC State quarterback in the first quarter, recovered a fumble in the second quarter and recorded 10 tackles to help the Commodores close out their season on a seven-game winning streak.
• S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama: In a game that Alabama dominated from the outset, the player nicknamed HaHa made sure the Tide got the last laugh. In addition to tallying seven tackles, he reeled in a diving sideline interception to thwart Notre Dame's opening drive of the second half.
• CB Michael Carter, Minnesota: Though the Gophers eventually fell short in their bid to upset Texas Tech, Carter turned in a memorable Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Minnesota's senior corner intercepted Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter.
• K Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson: Catanzaro had an extra point blocked midway through the second quarter, but that didn't stop him from sinking LSU late. The former walk-on from Greenville, S.C., connected on both of his fourth-quarter field goal attempts, including the game-winning 37-yarder as time expired in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
• P Will Monday, Duke: The Blue Devils lost a high-scoring affair in their first bowl appearance since 1995, but Monday delivered a punt for the ages. Though he was called upon just once, the freshman came through with a Belk Bowl-record 79-yard boot to improbably pin Cincinnati at its own two-yard line.
• R De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon: A year after totaling 155 yards and two touchdowns on two Rose Bowl rushes, the all-purpose speedster again spotted his Ducks an early BCS lead, taking the opening kickoff 94 yards to paydirt. Thomas finished with 195 total yards and two scores in Oregon's 35-17 Fiesta Bowl win.
• AP Ace Sanders, South Carolina: While Clowney's hit will go down as the lasting memory from this season's Outback Bowl, Sanders emerged as the game's top performer. He made nine catches for 92 yards and two scores in addition to breaking a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first quarter.