Posted: Wed October 16, 2013 11:57AM; Updated: Wed October 16, 2013 3:40PM

Mariota, Barr headline SI.com's 2013 Midseason All-America Team

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The first half of the 2013 college football season is in the books, and there has been no shortage of early standouts. Now, to recognize the top players from the first seven weeks, it's time to unveil SI.com's Midseason All-America Team.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Washington running back Bishop Sankey and Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans headline the offense, while UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and TCU cornerback Jason Verrett lead the defense. But there are also some selections who are perhaps less well known nationally, including Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks and Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward.

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2013 Midseason All-America Team
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Marcus Mariota
So., Oregon
Ducks' star has thrown for 17 TDs and no interceptions while averaging 10.4 yards per carry.
 
DE Michael Sam
Sr., Missouri
Senior standout has six sacks and 10 tackles for loss for a Tigers team that sits atop the SEC East.
 
 
 
RB Bishop Sankey
Jr., Washington
Workhorse back has run for an AQ conference-best 899 yards to fuel the Huskies.
 
DT Aaron Donald
Sr., Pittsburgh
Panthers' pass-rushing threat has at least one sack in all five games and eight overall.
 
 
 
RB Melvin Gordon
So., Wisconsin
Badgers' speedster has rushed for at least 140 yards in five of Wisconsin's six games this year.
 
DE Vic Beasley
Jr., Clemson
Beasley leads the nation with nine sacks in 2013, including three in a win at NC State.
 
 
 
WR Brandin Cooks
Jr., Oregon State
The 5-foot-10 wideout leads the nation in receiving yards (944) and receiving TDs (11).
 
LB Anthony Barr
Sr., UCLA
Bruins' star has 10 tackles for loss and four sacks for a defense that allows 18.2 points per game.
 
 
 
WR Mike Evans
So., Texas A&M
Big-play threat amassed 279 receiving yards against Alabama and has 737 on the season.
 
LB C.J. Mosley
Sr., Alabama
Veteran leader has a team-high 48 tackles for a 'Bama unit that ranks eighth nationally in total defense.
 
 
 
TE Jace Amaro
Jr., Texas Tech
Top target leads Texas Tech in catches (47) and receiving yards (606) in the team's 6-0 start.
 
LB Ryan Shazier
Jr., Ohio State
Buckeyes' captain has eight tackles for loss for a D that allows just 86.2 rushing yards per game.
 
 
 
T Jake Matthews
Sr., Texas A&M
First-team All-SEC tackle boosts a Texas A&M attack that averages 47.8 points per game.
 
LB Kyle Van Noy
Sr., BYU
Cougars' star has filled up the stat sheet: 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, one pick-six, one safety.
 
 
 
G Cyril Richardson
Sr., Baylor
Stalwart anchors a prolific Bears' offense averaging a staggering 715.4 yards per game.
 
CB Kyle Fuller
Sr., Virginia Tech
Has two picks and 10 passes defended for Hokies' D that ranks fourth nationally in total defense.
 
 
 
C Hroniss Grasu
Jr., Oregon
Los Angeles native paves the way for a Ducks' rushing attack that averages 324 yards per game.
 
S Deone Bucannon
Sr., Washington State
Unheralded safety has been all over the field, registering 64 tackles and four interceptions.
 
 
 
G David Yankey
Sr., Stanford
Coveted NFL prospect bolsters a Stanford line that has allowed just seven sacks in six games.
 
S Jimmie Ward
Sr., Northern Illinois
Thorpe Award candidate is tied for the national lead with five picks in six games.
 
 
 
T Cameron Erving
Jr., Florida State
The 6-6, 320-pounder protects Jameis Winston for an attack averaging 549 yards a game.
 
CB Jason Verrett
Sr., TCU
TCU's lockdown corner already has 10 pass breakups, including three in the opener against LSU.
 
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Andy Phillips
Fr., Utah
Redshirt freshman is a perfect 11-of-11 on field goals and 27-of-27 on extra points.
 
R Ty Montgomery
Jr., Stanford
Special teams weapon leads the nation in kickoff return average (37.3 yards) and TDs (two).
 
 
 
P Zac Murphy
Sr., Miami (Ohio)
One of the few bright spots on the RedHawks, Murphy averages an FBS-best 47.7 yards per punt.
 
AP Antonio Andrews
Sr., Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers dynamo has torched opponents for 1,610 all-purpose yards and nine scores.
 
 
Second Team
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M
 
DL Shilique Calhoun, So., Michigan State
 
 
RB Lache Seastrunk, Jr., Baylor
 
DL Martin Ifedi, Jr., Memphis
 
 
RB Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College
 
DL Marcus Smith, Sr., Louisville
 
 
WR Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU
 
LB Chris Borland, Sr., Wisconsin
 
 
WR Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor
 
LB Khalil Mack, Sr., Buffalo
 
 
TE Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina
 
LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford
 
 
OL La'el Collins, Jr., LSU
 
LB Jack Tyler, Sr., Virginia Tech
 
 
OL Gabe Jackson, Sr., Mississippi State
 
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., Oregon
 
 
OL Gabe Ikard, Sr., Oklahoma
 
S Ibraheim Campbell, Jr., Northwestern
 
 
OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Jr., Alabama
 
S Vinnie Sunseri, Jr., Alabama
 
 
OL Jack Mewhort, Sr., Ohio State
 
CB Steven Nelson, Jr., Oregon State
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Michael Hunnicutt, Jr., Oklahoma
 
R Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke
 
 
P Cody Mandell, Sr., Alabama
 
AP Duke Johnson, So., Miami
 
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