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SI.com 2012 Midseason All-America Team

SI.com 2012 Midseason All-America Team
SI.com's Midseason All-America Team is running the 3-4. Linebackers have dominated the first seven weeks of play, but stars have emerged at each position. Here, we offer our first- and second-team selections at the midway point. For more midseason content, check out our Crystal Ball staff predictions, podcast roundtable, offbeat accolades, Halfway Heisman, Andy Awards and more.
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QBGeno Smith
Sr., West Virginia
Smith remains the nation's No. 1 rated passer (180.8), having thrown 25 TDs and no INTs.
 
DEJadeveon Clowney
So., South Carolina
The Gamecocks' seemingly unblockable pass-rusher has 6.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
 
 
 
RBJohnathan Franklin
Sr., UCLA
He started off with consecutive 200-yard games, then added three more 100-yard days.
 
DTWill Sutton
Jr., Arizona State
With 8.5 sacks and 13 TFLs, Sutton has been the nation's most disruptive interior lineman.
 
 
 
RBStefphon Jefferson
Jr., Nevada
The Wolf Pack's workhorse leads the nation in carries (219), yards (1,140) and TDs (14).
 
DEDamontre Moore
Jr., Texas A&M
Moore has 8.5 sacks, a forced fumble and notched a crucial blocked kick against La. Tech.
 
 
 
WRStedman Bailey
Jr., West Virginia
Bailey already has 14 TD catches. No other receiver in the country has more than nine.
 
LBJarvis Jones
Jr., Georgia
The Bulldogs' gifted pass-rusher has 5.5 sacks, an INT and three forced fumbles in five games.
 
 
 
WRTerrance Williams
Sr., Baylor
The nation's leading receiver is averaging an astounding 22.4 yards per catch.
 
LBManti Te'o
Sr., Notre Dame
The Irish star does it all, notching 59 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
 
 
 
TEZach Ertz
Jr., Stanford
The Cardinal's top receiver (25 catches, 371 yards) caught the go-ahead score vs. USC.
 
LBC.J. Mosley
Jr., Alabama
'Bama's leading tackler (51) excels in coverage, often locking down opposing inside receivers.
 
 
 
TTaylor Lewan
Jr., Michigan
The Wolverines' highest-graded offensive player has not allowed a sack in six games.
 
LBChase Thomas
Sr., Stanford
Stanford's leading tackler (35) and fierce blitzer had the game-sealing pick against Arizona.
 
 
 
GJonathan Cooper
Sr., North Carolina
The Lombardi Award semifinalist has been a force opening holes for Tar Heels star Gio Bernard.
 
CBJordan Poyer
Sr., Oregon State
A blossoming star, Poyer has intercepted five passes, notching a 47-yard TD return against BYU.
 
 
 
CBarrett Jones
Sr., Alabama
The four-year starter is playing his third position and leads the nation's No. 1 team.
 
SMatt Elam
Jr., Florida
Florida's premier playmaker delivered game-changing forced fumbles in a 14-6 win over LSU.
 
 
 
GChance Warmack
Sr., Alabama
The Tide's top run-blocker has been instrumental for a rushing attack averaging 217.2 yards.
 
SEric Reid
Jr., LSU
The top DB on the nation's No. 2 pass D notched a backbreaking pick to beat South Carolina.
 
 
 
TLuke Joeckel
Jr., Texas A&M
A touted NFL prospect, this left tackle helps protect standout freshman QB Johnny Manziel.
 
CBDee Milliner
Jr., Alabama
The active CB ties for the FBS lead with 14 passes defended (12 breakups, two INTs).
 
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
KChandler Catanzaro
Jr., Clemson
He's connected on all 11 FG attempts and a school-record 19 straight dating to 2011.
 
RMarcus Murphy
So., Missouri
The sparkplug has returned three punts for scores and brought back a kickoff against 'Bama.
 
 
 
PQuinn Sharp
Sr., Oklahoma State
The All-America is averaging 47.5 yards on 13 punts and had two 70-plus yarders against KU.
 
APDri Archer
Jr., Kent State
The nation's all-purpose yards leader has gained at least 20 yards on 22 of 86 touches.
 
 
Second Team
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QBCollin Klein, Sr., Kansas State
 
DLScott Crichton, So., Oregon State
 
 
RBJoseph Randle, Jr., Oklahoma State
 
DLDevonte Fields, Fr., TCU
 
 
RBBeau Blankenship, Jr., Ohio
 
DLStephon Tuitt, So., Notre Dame
 
 
WRTavon Austin, Sr., West Virginia
 
LBKhaseem Greene, Sr., Rutgers
 
 
WRMarqise Lee, So., USC
 
LBKevin Minter, Jr., LSU
 
 
TEColt Lyerla, So., Oregon
 
LBKyle Van Noy, Jr., BYU
 
 
OLD.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama
 
LBMike Mauti, Sr., Penn State
 
 
OLJoe Madsen, Sr., West Virginia
 
CBBradley Roby, So., Ohio State
 
 
OLT.J. Johnson, Sr., South Carolina
 
ST.J. McDonald, Sr., USC
 
 
OLAndrew Norwell, Jr., Ohio State
 
SJordan Richards, So., Stanford
 
 
OLJake Matthews, Jr., Texas A&M
 
CBJohnthan Banks, Sr., Mississippi State
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
KBrett Baer, Sr., Louisiana-Lafayette
 
RAce Sanders, Jr., South Carolina
 
 
PRyan Allen, Sr., Louisiana Tech
 
APVenric Mark, Sr., Northwestern
 
2012 Midseason Andy Awards
Source: SI
From the best moment to the best mustache, SI's Andy Staples hands out awards at the 2012 midseason.
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