Building the perfect 2014 roster

Phil Steele constructs a college football squad using his top position groups

Originally Published: August 21, 2014
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Jameis WinstonStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesHeisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston -- along with a few fellow Seminoles -- make the cut.

When putting together the perfect college football roster, I examined each team's position groups, taking into consideration talent level, production of the starters and overall depth of each unit.

Note that I weighed the starter(s) for each position group differently because there is no position with more influence on my overall rankings than quarterback. For most teams, the starting quarterback takes roughly 90 to 95 percent of the snaps, while other positions have multiple players on the field at the same time and split the reps more evenly. 

Editor's note: This article was adapted from Phil Steele's college football preview magazine, which is available here. The "PS" number assigned for each player represents where Steele ranked that particular player at his position coming out of high school.


Quarterbacks: Florida State Seminoles

While Marcus Mariota of Oregon is my pick to win the Heisman Trophy this year, returning Heisman winner Jameis Winston gets the nod here because of his durability and national title game experience. He had a spectacular redshirt freshman season, throwing for 4,057 yards with a 67 percent completion rate and a 40-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also rushed for 219 yards and, oh, guided the Seminoles to a BCS title. He may be the first quarterback taken in the 2015 NFL draft, if he opts to come out.

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