Rivals.com All-Bowl Team Offense
Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
The bowl season is over and with that comes out Rivals.com All Bowl Team, not an easy team to put together. But here are the players that stood out to me starting with the offense.
The skinny: Flowers initially committed to USF in June, then re-opened his process before re-committing to the Bulls in October. He received late pushes from Nebraska and Florida, but with USF promising him an opportunity at quarterback, he stuck with his commitment. He finished off his impressive collegiate career in Tampa with 311 yards and four touchdowns through the air and 106 yards and one touchdown on the ground during the Bulls last-minute 38-34 victory over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.
Farrell’s take: Flowers was a tough choice here because there were so many good performances. He had some big-time offers but regressed a bit from his sophomore season to his senior season and we were never truly convinced he could be an elite quarterback at the next level. Obviously that was our mistake as he’s been very impressive, especially the last couple of seasons. He was a thick, muscled up kid who wasn’t very tall for a quarterback, so we could see him as a receiver or especially a defensive back, but he’s proven his worth as a quarterback and clearly picked the right program for him.
Honorable mention: Brandon Silvers, Troy; Alex Delton, Kansas State; Khalil Tate, Arizona; Elijah Sindelar, Purdue; Kenny Hill, TCU; John Wolford, Wake Forest; Nick Starkel, Texas A&M; Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin; Keytaon Thompson, Mississippi State; Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The skinny: Anderson originally committed to Texas A&M, but after re-opening his process and then taking a three-day visit to Oklahoma several months later, he committed to Sooners. Anderson made minimal impact on the field until the mid-point of this season, when he suddenly became one of the more productive backs in the country. Despite the loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl, Anderson rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries against the Bulldogs.
The skinny: Michel committed to Georgia over Miami and Notre Dame in the spring. Sharing carries with Chubb throughout his time in Athens, Michel has still been able to showcase his abilities. After a very productive season, Michel showcased all of his skills in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma with 181 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and 41 yards and another touchdown through the air. He was also a key weapon for Georgia in the title game loss to Alabama, finishing with 98 yards on 14 carries.
Farrell’s take: Michel was a five-star and Anderson a four-star and both had great talent out of high school. Michel, in the same class as teammate Nick Chubb, is the more well-rounded back of the two and that was the case out of high school. He can run inside, bounce it outside and he is a more natural pass-catcher and better blocker. A star since he was in the eighth grade, Michel has a chance to be an amazing NFL player and had a great playoff.
Anderson was well thought of coming out of high school. He had a very good senior season and was a leader on a winning team, although we questioned his quickness and burst, which led to a drop late in the rankings. We liked the way he could catch the ball and he had good vision and was elusive, but that lack of speed kept him out of our Rivals100. After overcoming a few different injuries, he broke out this season despite a crowded backfield.
The skinny: Tate piled up several impressive offers, but an offer from Florida State in July changed everything. Trimming his list down to Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Michigan and UCF, he committed to the Seminoles a month later. Playing his final game with the Seminoles, Tate picked up five receptions for 84 yards and three touchdowns in a convincing victory over Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl.
The skinny: Davis took official visits to Wisconsin, Oregon, Kentucky and West Virginia before committing to the Badgers a few days before National Signing Day. At the end it came down to the Badgers, Wildcats and Mountaineers. Davis had a productive, yet unspectacular, true freshman season in Madison, which ended on a very high note in the Orange Bowl against Miami with five receptions for 56 yards and three touchdowns.
The skinny: Kirk, who was considered a Texas A&M lean, took official visits to College Station, Arizona State, UCLA and Auburn before making his to the Aggies. Kirk enjoyed a dynamic career at Texas A&M, which ended with another memorable performance during the Aggies loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl. Finishing with 13 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns, he gave NFL scouts plenty to think about heading into this spring’s draft.
Farrell’s take: All three guys were highly ranked out of high school as Tate and Davis were four-stars and Kirk was a five-star. Tate had great size coming out and a great frame to build on, Davis was heavily recruited out of Ohio and a smooth prospect and great route runner and Kirk was a dynamic yet smallish five-star receiver who could score from everywhere. This is a good mix of experience and promise with these three.
Honorable mention: DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State; Cedrick Wilson, Boise State; Keke Coutee, Texas Tech; Steven Dunbar, Houston; Desmon White, TCU; Gregory Phillips, Purdue; Allen Lazard, Iowa State; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford; Riley Ridley, Georgia
The skinny: Pierschbacher initially committed to Iowa in January after his junior season, but kept the recruiting door open, especially to Alabama and Stanford. A visit to Tuscaloosa opened his eyes to the Crimson Tide, which led to his flip to Alabama in August. Pierschbacher, who has become an important piece of the Tide’s offense over the last two seasons, once again showcased all of his talents during the two playoff games against talented defensive lines from Oklahoma and Georgia.
The skinny: Recruited as a defensive tackle, Price committed to Ohio State in March, only a few days after a visit to Columbus. Since making the transition to the offensive line, Price has established himself as one of the top centers in the country. He continued his impressive play against USC in the Cotton Bowl, where the Buckeyes trampled the Trojans 24-7.
The skinny: Wynn earned his offer from Georgia in April and after a couple of visits to Athens he made his commitment to the Bulldogs in July. Over the last couple of seasons, Wynn has established himself as one of the more reliable and talented offensive linemen for the Bulldogs. Trying to lead Georgia to the national championship, Wynn’s play spearheaded Georgia’s explosive rushing attack against Oklahoma and helped control Alabama’s talented defensive front.
The skinny: Notre Dame immediately became the favorite when it offered. It further strengthened its chances after a spring visit to South Bend, so after trimming his list to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Boston College, Penn State and Rutgers, he made his expected commitment to the Irish in early May. Nelson helped anchor the Irish offensive line against the powerful LSU defensive line in their 21-17 win over the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl.
The skinny: Benzschawel initially committed to Syracuse but flipped to the in-state Badgers a few weeks later. He was recruited as a tight end by some programs, but arrived at Madison as an offensive tackle. Wisconsin is known for elite offensive linemen and Benzschawel is yet another one for the Badgers. Against an athletic, aggressive Miami defensive front, he helped stabilize the Wisconsin offensive during their victory in the Orange Bowl.
Farrell’s take: There is a nice mix of rankings here from a five-star like Nelson down to four-stars like Wynn and Pierschbacher and Price down to a three-star in Benzschawel, who was a big tight end coming out of high school. Price was ranked as a defensive tackle as well, so we have a couple guys who were projected to play different positions in this group. This is by far the hardest position to handle for an All-Bowl Team.
The skinny: Serigne had to wait until early June to receive his offer from Wake Forest, but once he earned his at the school’s camp, it only took him a couple of weeks to commit to the Demon Deacons. At Wake, Serigne quietly established himself as one of the more reliable receiving tight ends in the country over the past four seasons. He finished his collegiate career with nine receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown during Wake Forest’s shootout victory over Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl.
Farrell’s take: Serigne was a two-star kid with one Power Five offer from Wake Forest who had a great game in a big bowl win for the Demon Deacons. He’s played better, much better, than his ranking and has turned into one of the more consistent pass-catching tight ends in the country.