Another college football season is behind us. With Alabama back in charge, the postseason was much more than just a college football game. Even in an adjusted bowling season with fewer games due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were enough exciting moments and outstanding performances to end this unprecedented college football season.
Here are some of the top individual performances that make up our All-Bowl 2020 team:
Error! The file name is not specified. Bijan Robinson scored three touchdowns in the Alamo Bowl. Eric Gay/AP Photo
QB: Mack Jones, Alabama Crimson Tide
The Heisman Trophy finalist completed 81.3 percent of his passes for 761 yards, nine touchdowns and zero interceptions in two victorious college football playoff games, leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship.
RB: Peoples of Cameroon, Appalachian State
The secondary ran for a record 317 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-28 win over North Texas at the Myrtle Beach Bowl.
RB: Bijan Robinson, Texas Longhorns
In the Longhorns’ 55-23 win over Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl, the rookie ran for 220 yards (183 runs on just 10 carries; 23 receptions) and three touchdowns overall.
WR: Chris Olive, Ohio Buckeyes
In two playoff games, the Buckeyes picked off 14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. His best performance was Clemson’s win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl with 6 passes, 132 yards and two touchdowns.
WR: Brennan Presley, Oklahoma Cowboys
The rookie had a standout performance in the Cowboys’ 37-34 Cheez-It Bowl victory over Miami: He caught six assists for 118 yards and three touchdowns, including a key score in the fourth quarter.
WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama Crimson Tide
The Heisman Trophy winner was unstoppable in the university football qualifiers. He caught 19 passes for 345 yards and six touchdowns and was named MVP for the Rose Bowl and national title game.
TE: Isaac Rex, BYU Cougars
The newcomer picked off five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in BYU’s dominant win over UCF in RoofClaim.com’s Boca Raton Bowl.
OL: Adrian Ely, Oklahoma Previously
Ealy performed at a high level in Goodyear’s Cotton Bowl Classic, leaving no quarterback sack and no pressure on 31 passes. The Sooner line led the way on 288 yards to contact, the third most yards in a game this season.
OL: Sam Gerak, Northwestern wildcats
Gerak shined on the inside with 83 offensive strikes in the win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl. The Wildcats have a total length of 457 yards, 166 of which are in the race.
OL: Noah Hannon, Appalachian State Mountaineers
The center led the unit to a quick 500-yard victory at the Mountaineers’ Myrtle Beach Bowl with five rushing touchdowns.
OL: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama Crimson Tide
In 82 pass blocking games in two playoff victories, Leatherwood allowed no sacks and no quarterback pressure.
OL: Landon Young, Kentucky Wildcats
The youngsters had six blocks, allowed no sacks or quarterback pressure, and were rated 92 percent for taxpayers in Kentucky’s win over NC State in the Gator Bowl.
Error! The file name is not specified. Tre Norwood has been named Oklahoma’s MVP on Florida’s defensive end in the Cotton Bowl. AP Photo by Michael Ainsworth
DL: Christian Barmore, Alabama Crimson Tide
Barmore scored two sacks, three tackles for defeat and 11 pressures in his two playoff victories. He was also named MVP of Defense in the national championship win over Ohio State.
DL: Tristan Nichols, Nevada Wolf Pack
Nichols had two sacks in Wolf Pack’s 38-27 win over Tulane in Idaho’s famous Potato Bowl.
DL: Elijah James, the flame of liberty
James blocked a Coastal Carolina field goal attempt in overtime to seal Liberty’s victory in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl.
DL/LB: Aziz Ojulari, Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs, who rolled to the brink, failed to win the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati. They collected three sacks, forced two fumbles and recorded a safety time out.
LB: Josh Chandler-Semedo, West Virginia Mountaineers
Chandler-Semedo, who was named the defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl, made 13 tackles (10 solo), a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a last-minute interception that sealed the Mountaineers’ victory over Army.
LB: Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M Agencies
The senior had 10 tackles (eight solo), one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Aggies’ victory over North Carolina in the Orange Capital Bowl.
LB: O’Ryan Vance, Iowa Cyclones
The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP had four tackles, a defeat tackle and two tough recoveries in the Cyclones’ win over Oregon.
DB: Justin Vogelzang, Georgia Southern Eagles
Birdsong recorded two interceptions in the Eagles 38-3 victory over Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans R+L Carrier Bowl.
DB: Bryce Cosby, Cardinal of the Prom State
Cosby was named defensive MVP in Offerpad’s Arizona Bowl victory over San Jose State, where he made nine tackles (eight solo) and an interception.
DB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi Bulldogs
Forbes returned a 90-yard interception for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 28-26 victory over Tulsa in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
DB: Tre Norwood, Oklahoma Previously
Norwood turned in a 45-yard interception for a touchdown and was named defensive MVP in Oklahoma’s Cotton Bowl victory over Florida.
Error! The file name is not specified. Calvin Turner completed 252 multi-purpose projects in the New Mexico Bowl. AP Photo/Matt Strasen
K: Jack Underwood, Bulldogs of Georgia
Podlesny scored three of three field goals, including a 53-yard field goal in the final seconds that helped Georgia to a narrow victory over Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl.
P: Max Duffy, Kentucky Wildcats
Duffy had three hits in the 20s and one in the 10s and cleverly avoided a block. In its five kicks in the Alligator Bowl, NC State had an average kickoff return at its own 16 yard line, and only one kick was taken for one yard.
CR/PR: Calvin Turner, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
After Houston cut Hawaii’s 21-point lead to just seven, Turner sent the kickoff 92 yards out to keep the Cougars out of reach and win the New Mexico Cup 28-14 for Hawaii. Turner also caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and rushed for 60 yards for a total of 252 yards.
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