Wide receivers: Memo to the Downtown Athletic Club: Please return Heisman Trophy ballot number 147 to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ASAP. This voter, uh, discounted Florida State's PETER WARRICK, who in the Seminoles' 46-29 Sugar Bowl victory caught six passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion. Virginia Beach native PLAXICO BURRESS wanted to play for Gators coach Steve Spurrier but didn't have the grades to get into Florida, so he attended Fork Union Military Academy and migrated to Michigan State. In the Citrus Bowl the 6'6" junior posted up the Gators' 5'8" cornerback Robert Cromartie for touchdown catches of 37, 21 and 30 yards and finished with 13 catches for 185 yards in the Spartans' 37-34 victory. Asked about Burress after the game, Spurrier said, "I can't comment on that. The university is in charge of admissions, not me....I guess I did just comment on it."
Left tackle: Watch out, Big Ten. Illinois capped its season by routing Virginia 63-21 in the Micronpc.com Bowl. Junior MARQUES SULLLVAN was the standout on an offensive line that cleared the way for Illinois's 325 yards and six touchdowns on the ground against the Cavaliers. All five Fighting Illini starting linemen return next season.
Left guard: It goes without saying that Utah senior LUIS PARK is the best Brazilian-Korean-American to play college football in this or any other year. Park, born in Brazil of Korean parents who emigrated to California, led the way for the Utes' Mike Anderson to rush for 254 yards, the sixth-best postseason performance ever, in a 17-16 Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State.
Center: Nebraska sophomore DOMINIC RAIOLA showed in the Fiesta Bowl that he could be the next great Cornhuskers lineman. Raiola led a rushing attack that ground out 321 yards against a Tennessee defense that had been giving up 89.6 yards per game on the ground. Nebraska closed out the 31-21 win by running the ball on its last 23 snaps.
Right guard: The play that turned the tide in the Rose Bowl started with a hole created by Wisconsin junior DAVE COSTA. On the second snap of the second half, Ron Dayne churned through Costa's wake and rumbled 64 yards before being dragged down from behind. Two plays later Dayne scored, and the Badgers took the lead for good in their 17-9 defeat of Stanford.
Right tackle: Ole Miss senior TODD WADE, all 6'8", 315 pounds of him, smothered any Oklahoma player who attempted to lay his hands on Rebels quarterback Romaro Miller in the Independence Bowl. The All-SEC tackle is the reason that Miller likes to roll to his right. Miller rolled all night, passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels' 27-25 victory.
Tight end: After Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter's pass into coverage deflected off two Purdue defenders, redshirt freshman RANDY McMICHAEL pinned the ball against his helmet and then gathered it in. The resulting touchdown, with 1:19 to play, tied the Outback Bowl and completed Georgia's comeback from a 25-0 deficit. The Bulldogs won the game with an overtime field goal.
Quarterback: With the speed of a tailback and the elusiveness of a president, Virginia Tech's MICHAEL VICK put on the best performance by a freshman in a national championship game since who? Dare we say Michael Jordan? We dare.
Running backs: DAYNE got his 200 yards against the Cardinal in typical fashion: a yard here, a yard there and then boom! In four bowl games with Wisconsin, Dayne rushed for 728 yards on 106 carries. Sophomore CORTLEN JOHNSON ran through and around Boston College for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado's 62-28 victory in the Insight.com Bowl.