I thought it would be a fun idea to look at the top college players in Michigan. Michigan is lucky enough to have 5 Division 1 programs and all have been pretty good at one time or another. This year the state champs was obvious. CMU would probably have beaten Michigan anywhere, but they defeated the other 3 teams in state. I'll pick one player at each position for the All Michigan team.
All Michigan Team
QB: Dan Lefevour Sr, Central Michigan University- Maybe the best player in MAC history. This dual threat QB is a powerful runner and good passer. He has taken CMU to a new level and have won 3 MAC Championships in his time at Mount Pleasant. He looks to be a project in the NFL and could see success on Sundays. Honorable Mention: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
RB: Brandon West Sr, Western Michigan University- Turned in another 1,000 yard campaign and broke the record for most all purpose yards in NCAA history. He is a dynamic kick returner and overcame the death of his step brother this season. He is a touchdown machine and spark plug for a struggling Bronco offense this season. He will be miss in Waldo Stadium. He could be picked later in the draft.
RB: Larry Caper Fr, Michigan State University- Distanced himself in the MSU running back by committee and took the job for himself after most of the competition transfers or is in prison. Has a nice tandem with Edwin Baker. He came out as the undisputed starter in Overtime having the winning touchdown against rival Michigan. He could be really good for the next three years.
Honorable Mention: Carlos Brown, Michigan
WR: Blair White Sr, Michigan State University- Probably the only guy who can catch besides Keshawn Martin in East Lansing. He is a tough possession receiver who doesn't bring in a whole bunch of YAC but is very solid. He is a former walk on who doesn't have the physical tools that other wide receivers have. A good story and a good person. He may not be able to play at the next level but a lot of people thought he couldn't play at MSU.
WR: Antonio Brown Jr, Central Michigan University- Great on special teams too, Brown is fast and has all the moves you see on NCAA Football 2010. He can run reverses and is a good receiver anywhere on the field. Easily Lefevour's favorite target and with a good senior campaign could play in the NFL.
Honorable Mention: BJ Cunningham, MSU Juan Nunez, WMU
TE: Charlie Gantt Jr, Michigan State University- This one was easier to pick since only WMU and MSU use "true" tight ends anymore in the state. Gantt was a physical blocker needed for MSU's run first attack, but was also a solid receiver. Every good QB needs a good TE and Cousins has found one in Gantt.
Honorable Mention: Matt Stevens WMU
OT: Anthony Parker, WMU
OT: Rocco Cironi, MSU
OG: Stephen Schilling, Michigan
OG: Andy Fretz, EMU
C: Colin Miller, CMU
Honorable Mention: Joel Foreman, MSU Rocky Weaver, CMU
DE: Brandon Graham Sr, Michigan- A powerful pass rusher and probably the best player on the team this year. A first round talent that should fit in very nicely in a 3-4 system. He uses great moves and speed to cause trouble in the opposition's backfield. A little undersized but makes up for it easily.
DE: Trevor Anderson Sr, MSU- The best pass rusher on the team. Followed Dantonio to MSU from Cincinnati and has been very good for MSU. Could be drafted in the middle rounds and see time on Sundays. He has his best games in big moments.
Honorable Mention: Justin Braska, WMU Brandon Downs, EMU
DT: Jerel Worthy Fr, MSU- Athletic and quick and gets into the backfield often. A run stopper for the Spartans. A little small but has time to grow. Gets into the backfield often and collects a good amount of sacks for a DT. Very bright future.
DT: Cody Cielenski Sr, WMU- A run stopping defensive tackle that causes havoc in the backfield. Good size for the MAC. A team leader and two year starter for a defense that struggled at times in his senior year.
LB: Greg Jones Jr, MSU- An All American and tackle machine. A little undersized but doesn't play like it at all. He goes all over the field and can make plays anywhere with his speed. A good student and person and is a natural leader. Is projected as a second round pick now but will probably return for his senior year. Not the best cover linebacker but doesn't have to be.
LB: Obi Ezeh Jr, Michigan- Played very well and did a lot of things right for a bad defense last season. Good size and speed and is a good pass rusher as well. He can cover well for a LB. Should return for his senior season to help his stock and become a leader on this team.
LB: Austin Prichard Sr, WMU- Very tough physical LB. Can make a tackle anywhere. Quick and versatile and is a team leader at WMU. A two year starter and played all three LB positions in Kalamazoo. Solid player.
Honorable Mention: Eric Gordon, MSU
DB: Donovan Warren Jr, Michigan- Good size and speed at Michigan. Played very well despite being left on an island by a bad defense. He can cover and tackle very well. Is going to leave a year early for the NFL and should be a middle round pick.
DB: Josh Gordy Sr, CMU-Made a poor pass defense much better. Only 5'11'' but is a great cover corner and broke up or intercepted a lot of passes. Had to cover a lot of talented MAC WR in the spread but still excelled. An excellent tackler too. May get drafted.
DB: Doug Wiggins Jr, WMU- A hard hitting safety in the mold of Louis Delmas. Transferred to WMU from Miami. Had some discipline problems early in the season but seemed to straighten out as the season went on. Good as a run stopper and blitzer off the edge.
DB: Chris L. Rucker Jr, MSU- Started poorly but turned it on near the end. Struggled when the whole defense did, but may be because of poor schemes. Can play tight in coverage and help stop the run. Needs to improve next year.
KR: Brandon West Sr, WMU
PR: Keshawn Martin So, MSU
Kicker: Brett Swenson Sr, MSU-A booming leg and incredible accuracy. Will kick on Sundays someday. He has bailed out the Spartans with multiple clutch kicks. His kickoffs usually end up in touchbacks.
Punter: Zoltan Mesko Sr, Michigan- Could play on Sundays soon with his long booming punts. Doesn't out kick coverage and is smart. Can pin opponents deep and make any punt. Very solid player.