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SI's All-Bowl Team
Ivan Maisel
January 08, 2001
Only a handful of them were vying for the national title, but each of these players was—for one game—No. 1 at his position, thus earning a spot on our postseason roster
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January 08, 2001

Si's All-bowl Team

Only a handful of them were vying for the national title, but each of these players was—for one game—No. 1 at his position, thus earning a spot on our postseason roster

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Offense

Wide receivers: This season Ole Miss ranked ninth in the nation in passing defense, but nobody told West Virginia junior Antonio Brown. He caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the Mountaineers' 49-38 victory in the Music City Bowl. Once North Carolina State spotted Minnesota a 24-0 lead in the Micronpc.com Bowl, sophomore Koren Robinson went to work. He finished with seven receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown, added a 19-yard score on a reverse and gained 151 yards in kick returns as the Wolfpack rallied to win 38-30.

Tackles: Senior Elliot Silvers opened one hole after another on the weak side as Washington pummeled Purdue into submission, 34-24, in the Rose Bowl. In rushing for 268 yards, the Huskies nearly doubled the average (139.1 yards) that the Boilermakers gave up during the season. North Carolina State senior Jarvis Borum, a 6'7", 341-pounder known as Big Earth, held Minnesota defensive end Karon Riley, the 1999 Big Ten sack leader, to two tackles and no sacks in the Micronpc.com Bowl.

Guards: Nebraska senior Russ Hochstein bulldozed the left side of the Northwestern defensive line as the Huskers rushed for 476 yards in winning the Alamo Bowl 66-17. In his 45th start for Michigan, senior Steve Hutchinson helped create the holes through which Anthony Thomas rushed for most of his 182 yards and his two touchdowns in the Wolverines' 31-28 defeat of Auburn in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Center: Georgia junior Curt McGill made four knockdown blocks and didn't allow a pressure of quarterback Cory Phillips in the Bulldogs' 37-14 rout of Virginia in the Oahu Bowl. McGill also threw two important blocks—one at the line, one downfield—on Terrence Edwards's 40-yard first-quarter touchdown run on a reverse.

Tight end: Sophomore Jeremy Shockey caught two of the biggest touchdown passes of the season for Miami—the winning score against Florida State in October and the first touchdown in the 37-20 defeat of Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Shockey had four catches for 47 yards against the Gators.

Quarterback: Junior Brad Lewis of West Virginia completed all seven of his first-half attempts for 216 yards and four touchdowns to give the Mountaineers a 35-9 lead over Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl. Lewis, who had only eight touchdown passes during the regular season, threw for 318 yards and five TDs against the Rebels.

Running backs: South Carolina coach Lou Holtz knew how to motivate sophomore Ryan Brewer, a native of Troy, Ohio, before the Gamecocks played Ohio State in the Outback Bowl. Holtz reminded Brewer, who had rushed for 7,656 yards at Troy High, that Buckeyes coach John Cooper had passed on him. After playing wideout all season, Brewer returned to the backfield to gain 109 yards and score two touchdowns on 19 carries and catch three passes for 92 yards and another touchdown in the Gamecocks' 24-7 win. The last thing a tackier trying to gain traction on a snowy artificial surface needs is Texas A&M junior Ja'Mar Toombs bearing down on him. The 6-foot, 275-pound Toombs became the first two-time SI All-Bowl selectee in the three-year history of this mythical team by rumbling for 193 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies' 43-41 overtime loss to Mississippi State in the Independence Bowl.

Defense

Ends: Because of Nebraska senior Kyle Van-den Bosch, Northwestern left tackle Leon Brockmeier will remember the Alamo Bowl. Three of Vanden Bosch's five tackles were behind the line, and he swatted down one pass in the Huskers' rout. If Tennessee freshman quarterback Casey Clausen can resist the urge to burn the videotape of his Cotton Bowl performance (seven completions in 25 attempts, three interceptions), he'll see Kansas State senior Chris Johnson sack him twice in the Wildcats' 35-21 win.

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