USA TODAY Sports activities’ Mackenzie Salmon breaks down the trail to Alabama’s dynamic nationwide championship run.


After last the books in this season with a 52-24 win towards Ohio State within the School Soccer Playoff nationwide championship, Alabama’s greatest names are the celebs on USA TODAY Sports activities’ 2020-21 all-bowl staff.

Quarterback Mac Jones, working again Najee Harris and extensive receiver DeVonta Smith had been simple selections because the Pink Tide breezed previous Notre Dame and the Buckeyes to say their 6th identify underneath trainer Nick Saban.

The Alabama trio are joined by way of postseason standouts corresponding to Appalachian State working again Camerun Peoples, who set bowl speeding data; Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari, who had an unstoppable sport within the Peach Bowl; and Kentucky punter Max Duffy, who managed box place and helped the Wildcats beat North Carolina State within the Gator Bowl.

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Together with the playoff championship, there have been 26 postseason video games right through a 12 months when many bowls had been canceled because of COVID-19.


QB:Mac Jones, Alabama

Jones threw for 9 touchdowns with simply 14 incompletions within the two playoff video games and set a playoff championship sport listing with 464 passing yards.

RB: Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State

RB: Najee Harris, Alabama

Peoples ran for a bowl-record 317 yards and tied the bowl listing with 5 speeding touchdowns as Appalachian State ripped thru North Texas to win the Myrtle Seashore Bowl. Harris ran for 125 yards within the semifinals towards Notre Dame after which added 79 yards speeding, 79 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns towards the Buckeyes.

WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama

WR: Chris Olave, Ohio State

TE: Isaac Rex, Brigham Younger

Smith performed just a part of the championship sport however nonetheless earned Offensive MVP honors with 12 catches for 215 yards and 3 ratings. With quarterback Justin Fields overshadowed by way of Jones and working again Trey Sermon injured for just about all the championship sport, Olave represents the Ohio State offense after knocking down 132 receiving yards and two ratings towards Clemson and main the Buckeyes with 69 yards towards the Pink Tide. Rex had the most productive efficiency of his robust freshman season with 96 receiving yards and two touchdowns because the Cougars beat Central Florida within the Boca Raton Bowl.

OL: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

OL: Aaron Dowdell, Georgia Southern

OL: Sam Gerak, Northwestern

OL: Baer Hunter, Appalachian State

OL: Erik Swenson, Oklahoma

As anticipated, Leatherwood used to be terrific right through Alabama’s march to the nationwide championship. Dowdell performed each and every snap of Georgia Southern’s 38-Three win within the New Orleans Bowl towards Louisiana Tech because the Eagles racked up 322 speeding yards. With Gerak at heart, the Wildcats received 457 yards of offense to overcome Auburn within the Citrus Bowl. Hunter had seven knockdowns because the Mountaineers racked up 500 yards at the flooring. Swenson used to be the top-graded performer alongside an offensive entrance that chewed up Florida to the song of 55 issues and 684 yards.


DL: Christian Barmore, Alabama

DL: Tristan Nichols, Nevada

DL: Elijah James, Liberty

DL: Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M

Barmore had a sack in every of the Tide’s two playoff video games and used to be the Defensive MVP of the championship sport. Nichols had two sacks in Nevada’s Idaho Potato Bowl win towards Tulane. James blocked a Coastal Carolina box purpose in extra time to maintain Liberty’s 37-34 win within the Remedy Bowl and safe the most productive season in program historical past. Johnson had six tackles and 1½ sacks because the Aggies held North Carolina to a season-low 2.7 yards according to lift within the Orange Bowl.

LB: Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

LB: O’Rien Vance, Iowa State

LB: Josh Chandler-Semedo, West Virginia

Ojulari pulled down 3 sacks and compelled a couple of fumbles as Georgia edged previous Cincinnati within the Peach Bowl. Vance had 4 tackles, one take on for loss and two fumble recoveries in keying the Cyclones’ win within the Fiesta Bowl towards Oregon. Chandler-Semedo made 13 tackles and the game-clinching interception as WVU close down Military’s vaunted working sport to win the Liberty Bowl.

CB: Woodi Washington, Oklahoma

CB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State

S: Justin Birdsong, Georgia Southern

S: Bryce Cosby, Ball State

Washington closed an unheralded however very a hit redshirt freshman season with 3 solo tackles and an interception because the Sooners held Kyle Trask to simply 156 yards passing. Forbes had a 90-yard interception go back for a landing because the Bulldogs beat Tulsa 28-26 within the Armed Forces Bowl. Birdsong had two of Georgia Southern’s 4 interceptions within the rout of Louisiana Tech. After incomes first-team all-conference honors right through the common season, Cosby made 8 solo tackles and an interception to earn Defensive MVP honors in Ball State’s Arizona Bowl win towards San Jose State.


Okay: Jack Podlesny, Georgia

P: Max Duffy, Kentucky

ALL-PURPOSE: Bijan Robinson, Texas

Podlesny used to be best possible on his 3 makes an attempt, together with a 53-yard check out with seconds left to boost Georgia previous Cincinnati. Duffy have shyed away from a doubtlessly game-changing blocked punt in the second one quarter and had 3 key punts within the fourth to maintain Kentucky’s bowl win. Robinson closed his freshman season with a bang by way of working for 183 yards with 3 touchdowns because the Longhorns destroyed Colorado within the Alamo Bowl.

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