Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Courtney Upshaw

Linebacker | Alabama

Upshaw has been overshadowed by other Alabama linebackers the past couple of seasons, but he was dominant in the Crimson Tide's 49-7 rout of co-Big Ten champion Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. Upshaw finished with five tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two sacks.

He led an Alabama defense that held the Spartans to minus-48 rushing yards. Upshaw thwarted Michigan State's best scoring chance when he sacked Kirk Cousins on third-and-goal at the Alabama 8, forcing a rare punt on fourth-and-goal.