With college football's postseason in the books, SI picks the best of the best for the 2015–16 All-Bowl Team.

By The SI Staff
January 12, 2016

With a record 40 bowl games plus the national championship game, college football offered plenty of action after the regular season's conclusion. Sadly the postseason has come to an end with Alabama's 45–40 victory over Clemson in the national championship game. But before the season shifts into the rearview mirror, let's take a look back at the most amazing performance of the 2015–16 bowl season.

Although technically the national championship is not a bowl game, we included it in our player evaluations because the list seemed incomplete without factoring in the biggest game of the year. Eight players from the title game made this year's All-Bowl Team, including six from the champion Crimson Tide. Baylor and Stanford were the only two teams that didn't play in the title game to get multiple honorees on the All-Bowl Team.

Clemson, Sophomore

Two games against elite defenses, 592 passing yards, 218 rushing yards, six total TDs. Not bad.

Baylor, Sophomore

With Baylor missing its top two QBs, RB and WR, Jefferson delivered 299 rushing yards and three TDs.

LSU, Sophomore

The sophomore reminded everyone that he’s one of the nation’s best by rushing for 212 yards and four TDs.

Virginia Tech, Sophomore

Ford took advantage of Tulsa’s leaky pass defense for 12 catches, 227 yards and a touchdown.

Texas Tech, Senior

The shifty Grant had a big day vs. LSU, finishing with 125 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Alabama, Junior

The former five-star recruit scored his first TD since 2013 and broke the game open with 208 yards.

Baylor, Senior

The senior paved the way for Baylor to rack up a bowl-record 645 rushing yards vs. North Carolina.

Stanford, Senior

The senior helped open up running room for Christian McCaffrey while dominating Iowa’s defensive line. 

Alabama, Senior

Alabama needed its offensive line to step up against an imposing Clemson front, and Kelly was up to the task.

Arkansas, Senior

The senior anchored an Arkansas line that steamrolled Kansas State and created running holes for the Hogs.

Ole Miss, Junior

Tunsil produced the Big Guy Touchdown of bowl season with his two-yard score against Oklahoma State.

Clemson, Junior

Dodd's postseason production was unreal: He racked up 8.5 TFLs, including three sacks vs. Alabama.

Alabama, Junior

The junior made Deshaun Watson uncomfortable after helping the Crimson Tide shut out Michigan State.


The Hawai’i Bowl didn’t feature many stars, but Kelley shined by recording nine tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Alabama, Senior

The senior buoyed the Tide’s D by recording a combined 12 tackles in wins over Clemson and Michigan State.

Louisville, Junior

The junior stymied Texas A&M in a six-point win, racking up eight tackles, three sacks and two passes defended.

Arizona, Junior

In his final college game, Wright exploited New Mexico’s pass protection by notching two sacks and 15 tackles. 

Wisconsin, Sophomore

Cichy did his part in the Badgers' two-point win over USC by recording nine tackles and three sacks.

Memphis, Senior

Ball's post-game misconduct overshadowed a great performance: two interceptions, including a pick-six.

Utah, Senior

If not for Carter’s first quarter pick-six (he also had another INT), Utah may not have held off rival BYU.

Ohio State, Junior

The junior’s last college game was a memorable one, as he helped them limit a dangerous Notre Dame offense.

Houston, Senior

With 10 tackles and two INTs, Jackson helped keep Florida State’s offense in check in a big upset.

Alabama, Junior

His perfectly executed onside kick will go down as one of the biggest plays in Alabama history.


Beatty boosted the Seminoles’ special teams by averaging 51.5 yards on six punts.

Alabama, Senior

Drake's 95-yard kick return touchdown in the fourth quarter helped put Clemson into desperation mode.

Stanford, Sophomore

The Heisman Trophy runner-up broke the Rose Bowl record for all-purpose yards vs. Iowa.

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