ESPN's 2015 All-Bowl Team

At least we have the final game of the 2015 bowl season to think back on during the next eight months before a new season rolls around.

Alabama's thrilling 45-40 win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T saved us from what was a decidedly dull postseason. That doesn't mean, however, that there weren't some memorable (and record-setting) individual performances.

Who was at their postseason best? We have you covered with our ESPN.com All-Bowl team for the 2015 season:


QB: Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Watson did everything (and then some) to lead his team to a national championship, but Clemson fell just short to Alabama in the title game. He was spectacular against a rugged Tide defense with 478 yards of total offense and four touchdown passes. In two playoff games, Watson accounted for six touchdowns.

RB: Johnny Jefferson, Baylor
Shock Linwood was out. Corey Coleman was out. Heck, just about everybody on offense was out of the Russell Athletic Bowl for Baylor. But not Jefferson, who stepped in and gashed North Carolina for a bowl-record 299 rushing yards on 23 carries. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore did most of his damage from the Wildcat formation and scored on runs of 80, 27 and 11 yards.

RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU
Granted, Texas Tech's defense has some serious issues, but Fournette's 212-yard rushing performance in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl was still something to behold. He scored four touchdowns on the ground and also picked up the first receiving touchdown of his career on a 44-yard screen pass.

WR: Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
The Hokies' big-play sophomore helped send Frank Beamer out a winner by tying an Independence Bowl record with 12 catches and breaking the record with 227 receiving yards. Tulsa never had an answer for Ford, who turned a receiver screen into a 75-yard touchdown on Virginia Tech's second possession and just kept getting open the rest of the game in the Hokies' 55-52 win.

WR: Jehu Chesson, Michigan
The Wolverines' top big-play threat got the best of Florida All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and finished with five catches for 118 yards in Michigan's 41-7 Citrus Bowl romp. Chesson left Hargreaves frozen on a double move and gathered in a 31-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and beat Hargreaves again in the third quarter for a 45-yard catch, setting up another touchdown.

TE: O.J. Howard, Alabama
Howard was the Crimson Tide's secret weapon. After not catching any touchdowns all season, he scored twice against Clemson in the title game on long touchdown passes and finished with 208 receiving yards. Howard also had three catches for 59 yards, including a 41-yarder, against Michigan State.

OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor
Perhaps the entire Baylor offensive line should be on this team. The Bears, with their top two quarterbacks and top two offensive playmakers sidelined, decimated North Carolina's defense to the tune of 645 rushing yards, a new bowl record. Drango and his mates up front were the stars of the show in a 49-38 victory over the Tar Heels in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

OG: Eric Mac Lain, Clemson
The anchor of Clemson's offensive line from his left guard spot, Mac Lain helped pave the way for 312 rushing yards against Oklahoma in the 37-17 Orange Bowl win. The 6-5, 315-pound senior also more than held his own against Alabama's vaunted defensive line, as the Tigers churned out 550 total yards and 40 points in a narrow loss to the Crimson Tide.

C: Ryan Kelly, Alabama
The Crimson Tide have produced a long line of outstanding centers, from William Vlachos to Barrett Jones and, most recently, Kelly, who closed out his career with stellar performances in the Tide's two playoff games against two of the best defensive lines in the country.

OG: Pat Elflein, Ohio State
Ezekiel Elliott is a premier running back, but his offensive line wasn't too shabby either in the 44-28 victory over Notre Dame in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl. Elflein was dominant from his right guard spot and graded out the best among the Buckeyes' starters. The Buckeyes finished with 496 total yards, and Elliott had 149 rushing yards in his final game as a Buckeye.

OT: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Not only did Tunsil play a key role in steamrolling the Oklahoma State defense from his left tackle position, but he actually scored a touchdown on a lateral to close out the first-half scoring in Ole Miss' 48-20 Sugar Bowl stampede. The Rebels passed for 347 yards and rushed for 207 yards and scored on their final six possessions of the first half in a game that was over by halftime.

AP: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
If the Heisman Trophy were awarded after the bowl games, McCaffrey might be the one holding the coveted statue right now. He set a Rose Bowl record with 368 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 172 yards, caught four passes for 105 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and also returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown. There's no truth to the rumor that he swept out the Rose Bowl stadium afterward.


DL: Kevin Dodd, Clemson
With his All-American bookend on the other side, Shaq Lawson, limited by a bum knee, Dodd was a terror in the title game against Alabama and lived in the Crimson Tide's backfield. In the Tigers' two playoff games, Dodd had 8½ tackles for loss, including four sacks. He was, as they say, unblockable.

DL: Aziz Shittu, Stanford
The Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game, Shittu had a game-high 10 tackles in the 45-16 bludgeoning of Iowa. The Cardinal sacked Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard seven times, and Shittu had 1½ of those. The 6-foot-3, 279-pound senior finished with 3½ tackles for loss.

DL: Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Barnett had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Tennessee's dominant 45-6 win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. The Wildcats managed just 261 total yards, and 106 of those yards came in the fourth quarter after the Vols had taken a 31-6 lead and the outcome had already been decided.

DL: Kyle Kelley, San Diego State
In just his second career start, Kelley set up camp in the Cincinnati backfield and, in turn, set a Hawaii Bowl record with 3½ sacks in the Aztecs' 42-7 thrashing of the Bearcats. It was the most sacks by a San Diego State player since 1991.

LB: Scooby Wright III, Arizona
At least the entire season wasn't a loss for Wright, who returned for the bowl game after battling injuries and demonstrated why he was one of the top defenders in the country. He had 15 tackles, including 3½ for loss, and announced afterward that he was turning pro.

LB: Jack Cichy, Wisconsin
One half was plenty for Cichy to make his presence felt. He missed the first half because of a targeting suspension from an earlier game, but came up with three sacks on three straight plays in the third quarter to help take the air out of USC in a 23-21 National Funding Holiday Bowl win.

LB: Devonte Fields, Louisville
The Cardinals lost two key players on defense early in the game, but Fields was there to rescue Todd Grantham's unit. He collected three sacks and also batted down two passes on Texas A&M's final drive to help Louisville hold on for a 27-21 victory in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

CB: Cyrus Jones, Alabama
The Crimson Tide's top cover guy all season, Jones provided sticky coverage throughout both playoff games. He intercepted a pass against Michigan State and also returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown against the Spartans.

S: Tevin Carter, Utah
The Utes jumped all over BYU early, and it was Carter doing most of the damage. He returned one interception 28 yards for a touchdown and took another back to the 1-yard line as Utah raced out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead.

S: Trevon Stewart, Houston
Stewart had two of Houston's four interceptions in a 38-24 beatdown of Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The senior free safety also had a tackle for loss, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass in leading the Cougars to their most impressive win of the season.

CB: Brendon Clements, Navy
Keenan Reynolds might have stolen the show on offense in Navy's 44-28 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman victory over Pittsburgh, but Clements did his part on defense. He had two interceptions, the first one coming in the end zone and the second at the Navy 15 with three minutes remaining to seal the win.


K: Jaden Oberkrom, TCU
Oberkrom made all four of his field goal attempts, including a pressure-packed 22-yarder with 19 seconds left to force the first of three overtimes in TCU's come-from-behind 47-41 victory in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Oberkrom also drilled a 46-yarder in the second overtime to keep the Horned Frogs in it after Oregon had made a field goal on its possession.

P: Tom Hackett, Utah
What didn't Hackett do? He talked a little trash before the game, ran over a BYU defender on a 21-yard fake punt during the game and averaged 49.5 yards on six punts, with four downed inside the 20-yard line, in Utah's 35-28 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl victory.

RS: Kenyan Drake, Alabama
His 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter gave Alabama the breathing room it needed to hold off Clemson. Without Drake's return -- and with the way Watson was dealing -- the Tide would have been in real trouble.