On last week's episode of the MaxPreps Lemming Report, Tom Lemming unveiled his selections for the 2010 CBS College Sports All-American Team.
Identifying top players in a pool of several hundred thousand possibilities is a daunting task, but the 26 players selected as All-Americans are among the most talented players in the country.
Here's a breakdown of Lemming's picks by position.
QuarterbacksSelections: Kiehl Frazier
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Lemming breaks down his All-American choices.
, Jeff DriskelNotable omissions: Justin Worley
, Johnny ManzielAnalysis:
Frazier is one of the country's finest dual-threat signal-callers, having registered an impressive 49 total touchdowns this year. Also dangerous with his legs, Driskel has rushed for 20 scores and thrown for another 16. It's tough to leave off Tennessee-bound Justin Worley, who has thrown 59 touchdown passes.Running backsSelections: Malcolm Brown
, Aaron Green
, Savon HugginsNotable omission: Mike Bellamy
Following a disappointing junior season, Green has bounced back nicely this season to end his prep career on a high note. Brown, committed to Texas, combines terrific power and speed. He's rushed for more than 2,132 yards and 23 scores. Huggins, Lemming's Offensive Player of the Year, has had a great season, but with the emergence of Devin Fuller, will be challenged in his own state for New Jersey Player of the Year honors.Wide receiversSelections: Jarvis Landry
, George FarmerNotable omissions: Kasen Williams
, Trey MetoyerAnalysis:
Landry and Farmer are both solid choices. Landry's hands and body control and Farmer's speed and athleticism rate with the best in the country. However, the bigger story is the receivers that didn't make it. Kasen Williams posted more than 1,500 receiving yards and 21 scores, while Oklahoma commit Trey Metoyer, who also topped the 1,500-yard mark, hauled in 23 scores.Tight endSelection: Jay RomeNotable omissions: Ben Koyack
, Austin Seferian-JenkinsAnalysis:
Valdosta (Ga.) enjoyed one of its best seasons in recent years, thanks in large part of the efforts of Rome, an athletic, 6-foot-5 target. It's hard to ignore Koyack's 1,031 yards and 11 scores while Seferian-Jenkins has been one of Washington's best players for two years.Offensive lineSelections: Cyrus Kouandjio
, Brandon Shell
, La'El Collins
, Christian Westerman
, Brey CookNotable omissions: Aundrey Walker
, Landon TurnerAnalysis:
It's a great recruiting class for offensive linemen, but it was not a great season for offensive linemen. Kouandjio and Westerman both missed chunks of time due to injury. Garrett Greenlea, one of Texas' best, tore his ACL and missed most of the year. Shell had perhaps the finest season, paving the way for Goose Creek's explosive rushing attack.Defensive lineSelections: Jadeveon Clowney
, Ray Drew
, Tim Jernigan
, Anthony JohnsonNotable omissions: Villiami Moala
, Anthony Chickillo
Headlining this group is Clowney, Lemming's Defensive Player of the Year. He's posted 128 tackles and 19.5 sacks. Drew is also impressive rushing on the outside, while Jernigan and Johnson are two of the country's top interior linemen. Still, it's hard to ignore Moala, the heart and soul of the touted Grant defense, and Chickillo, who totaled 18 sacks.LinebackersSelections: Stephone Anthony
, Tony Steward
, Lawrence Thomas
, Curtis GrantNotable omissions: C.J. Johnson
, Steve Edmond
, Lamar DawsonAnalysis:
With Anthony, Steward, and Grant, the East Coast is a hotbed for top linebackers in 2011. Thomas, the top recruit from the state of Michigan, should compete for immediate playing time at Michigan State. Johnson and Edmond were both tackling machines this year, while Dawson intercepted four passes go along with 158
tackles of his own.
Defensive backsSelections: Karlos Williams
, Ha'sean Clinton-Dix
, Jabriel Washington
, Doran GrantNotable omissions: Josh TurnerAnalysis:
The defensive backs reflect a nice blend between cover cornerbacks and hard-hitting safeties. Washington and Grant are both capable of shutting down elite receivers, while Williams and Clinton-Dix are versatile talents with great frames for the safety position. Turner, a dynamic two-way player for Millwood (Oklahoma City), could easily be on the list.AthleteSelection: James WilderNotable omissions: Marqise Lee
, De'Anthony Thomas
, Dano GravesAnalysis:
Wilder, the No.1-rated recruit, has not been as effective this season as he was during his mammoth junior campaign. California is home to a number of the nation's top athletes, including Lee, who doubles as a wide receiver and defensive back, and Thomas, who plays running back and cornerback. Graves is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks.