FANTASY COLLEGE BLITZ 2008 PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM


Everybody, it seems, has their All-American teams…

Magazines, sports networks,  web-sites, your local bookie named Vito…everybody.

And, you can add the fearless crew here at Fantasy College Blitz.

However, one thing different with the FCB All-American Team:  We base it solely on production (and potential 2008 production).  It does not matter whether the player plays on a championship contender or at a "name" program.

This is one All-American team that will bring your fantasy team results.  And, championships.

Of course, I am sure our All-Americans, like Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour (pictured, thanks IconSMI ) are looking to bring championships to their schools, too.

Now, on to our Fantasy College Blitz All-American Team

FIRST TEAM

QB:  GRAHAM HARRELL – Texas Tech

RB:   BEANIE WELLS – Ohio State;  HARVEY UNGA – BYU

WR:  MICHAEL CRABTREE – Texas Tech;  DANTE LOVE – Ball State

TE:   DARIUS HILL – Ball State

K:    JAROD TRACY – Tulsa

D:    OHIO STATE

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SECOND TEAM

QB:   DAN LeFEVOUR – Central Michigan

RB:   LeSEAN McCOY – Pittsburgh;  DAMION FLETCHER – Southern Miss

WR:  CHRIS WILLIAMS – New Mexico St;  JARETT DILLARD – Rice

TE:   TRAVIS BECKUM – Wisconsin

K:     IAN McGARVEY – Ball State

D:     LSU

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NOTES:

This year’s deep crop of QBs is led by Graham Harrell, who went ballistic with 5705 yards and 48 TDs passing in 2007…and that was with new starters at the WR position.  Wonder what he will do in 2008?  Yikes, say the Big XII DBs!  Second-team QB Dan LeFevour edged out Florida’s Tim Tebow…and nearly matched Tebow’s 20-20 numbers (pass TD-rush TD) last season…while accumulating more yards total offense, including over 1100 yards rushing.

The one position where our FCB staff disagreed plenty on was RB…but the one constant was Beanie Wells, who got votes from all our staff.  No doubt he is one of the best players on a deep Buckeye squad.  Wells is joined on the first-team by Harvey Unga, who is not only a threat rushing, but also a legitmate receiving threat.  Pity the DB trying to bring down the 245 lb. Unga!  On the second-team, LeSean McCoy had a breakout freshman season and will only get better in 2008, while Damion Fletcher has been the model of consistency his first two seasons…and the junior should thrive in new USM head coach Larry Fedora’s system.

The only two players who got all first-place votes were both Texas Tech players…QB Harrell and WR Michael Crabtree.  Crabtree set all kinds of freshman WR records last season, and the Biletnikoff Award winner should continue to pile up stats.  Yikes, again, say the Big XII DBs!  Ball State WR Dante Love joins Crabtree on the first-team, as Love posted nearly 1400 receiving yards and 10 TDs last season.  The second-team WRs are no slouches…Chris Williams was one of the top WRs nationally last season, until an injury forced him out…he led the nation in receiving yards per game in 2006.  Rice WR Jarett Dillard has been a big-time producer, and his 35 receiving TDs the past two seasons tops the nation.

Ball State also has our top TE, Darius Hill…who has been the most productive TE in the land the past two seasons.  Too bad he has to share balls with teammate Dante Love.  Wisconsin TE Travis Beckum is a big-play threat on a team that is known more for their conservative offense.

Our top kicker is Tulsa’s Jarod Tracy…who hit 73 PATs last season…and expect just as many this season courtesy of the Golden Hurricane offense, which was the best in the nation in 2007.  Second-team PK Ian McGarvey took over the kicking duties at Ball State during the 2007 season, and is sure to get more scoring opportunities in 2008.

The best defense in the nation this season will be Ohio State, who returns most of their starters from last season’s national runner-up squad.  Early-season suspensions in 2008 will not affect this defense much.  Our second-team defense, LSU, may have lost All-American lineman Glenn Dorsey…but it is still loaded and deep.  The Tigers will need to rely on their defense until their offense gets up to speed.

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