The Farrell Awards: Mid-Season All-Americans
The mid-season point of college football is here, give or take a week, so it’s time to name our All-Americans.
THE FARRELL AWARDS: Best of the 2017 season's first half
Farrell’s take: The best quarterback in the country was a former walk-on out of high school.
Farrell’s take: Barkley is a beast and was underranked a bit out of high school. Love played on the same high school team as fellow All-American Dexter Lawrence.
Farrell’s take: The best deep threat in the country is Washington and Kirk could be the best combo wide receiver/return man in the nation.
Farrell’s take: He does a little of everything for NC State and is a big reason for the team's offensive success.
Farrell’s take: Brown was an overweight three-star out of high school who has turned himself into a great player. Williams went from five-star to starter right away.
Farrell’s take: Nelson is the best offensive lineman in the country. O’Connell could be the best few people know about.
Farrell’s take: You could swap Price and Bradley Bozeman (below) as both as so crucial to their teams' offensive success.
Farrell’s take: The records speak for themselves. Don’t kick to this guy.
Farrell’s take: Chubb is amazing in every aspect from pass rushing to holding the edge. Landry is the best pure pass rusher around and somehow doesn’t get enough playing time.
Farrell’s take: Two former five-stars and future first-rounders.
Farrell’s take: Put this group together and watch the hits. Smith is quick twitch, Jewell is instinctual and Bush is a head hunter.
Farrell’s take: McFadden has gotten a bad rap this year because of poor defensive play calling but is still elite. Ward is the next athletic freak in the Buckeye defensive backfield.
Farrell’s take: The ‘Bama teammates can’t be beaten as each brings something different to the table but can impact the game in so many ways.
Farrell’s take: Wait, what? Look at the numbers. The Oklahoma game was rough, but he’s been amazing otherwise albeit against average to weak competition.
Farrell’s take: A true freshman and a former three-star we worried wouldn’t fully recover from a serious injury. These guys are fun to watch and bring sneaky speed.
Farrell’s take: Two athletic freaks at wide receiver for teams that don’t get a ton of national attention.
Farrell’s take: A massive and athletic target who played wide receiver in high school.
Farrell’s take: One is an elite pass blocker, the other an elite run blocker.
WILL HERNANDEZ, UTEP
Farrell’s take: Smith is an athletic powerhouse on a national program. Hernandez is a guy no one knows about but has great pro potential.
Farrell’s take: See Price above. He is key to his offense.
Farrell’s take: Jackson is a one-man gang this year moreso than last season and is about as all-purpose as it gets. He’d return kicks effectively if he wasn’t so important to the offense.
Farrell’s take: Ferrell gets the nod over his teammate Austin Bryant. Okoronkwo has taken his game to the next level.
Farrell’s take: A former five-star in Lawrence we knew would be a star, and a former three-star in Hurst we never expected to be so good.
Farrell’s take: Jefferson had a bad start but has been awesome since the Maryland game. Kiser is one of the nation’s best kept secrets. White is the best player on a talented defense.
Farrell’s take: Davis has his lapses but his size and length allow him to make plays others can’t. Wallace is a former walk-on who has played outstanding football.
Farrell’s take: James has been very good, just not as great as many expected. Elliott has shown some of the best ball skills in the country.