Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech

Bedford, a 6-1”, 281-pound senior center, is on track for a second consecutive All-ACC season. He anchors a Yellowjackets’ offensive line that has paved the way for a rushing offense that ranks No. 1 in the ACC and NCAA. Ivy League schools were interested in Bedford primarily for his academic abilities. No Division I schools offered him a scholarship and he chose Georgia Tech for its engineering program. Sporting News named the aerospace engineering major one of the 20 smartest athletes in the nation.

Josh McNary, Army

McNary, a 6-1”, 235-pound senior defensive end is among Army’s leaders with 41 tackles, including 12 for loss. His 9.5 sacks per game average ranks him in the Top 10 nationally this season. McNary is the all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss at Army. He is fifth among active players in career sacks and career tackles for loss.

Nick Reveiz, Tennessee

Reveiz, a 5-10”, 224-pound senior linebacker, led the Volunteers with 94 tackles in the regular season, placing among the SEC’s most productive defenders. His six tackles for loss and two interceptions also placed him among the team leaders as Tennessee secured a bowl berth. Reveiz, who chose to walk on at Tennessee rather than take a scholarship at a smaller school, has enjoyed success beyond the field as well. He’s in line for a fourth SEC all-academic award and has earned his undergraduate degree in enterprise management.

Bryant Ward, Oklahoma State

Ward, a 5-11”, 237-pound senior fullback, is a key component of an OSU offense that leads the Big 12 in yards, scoring, passing and rushing. The Cowboys are ranked second nationally in total offense, thanks in no small part to Ward, whose blocking and versatility earned him All-Big 12 recognition in 2009. Ward grew up in OSU’s backyard, but warranted only a walk-on offer. No other Division I teams sought his services, but he has since become a weapon on offense and special teams.

Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State

Winterswyk, a 6-4”, 270-pound senior defensive end, leads the Broncos with seven tackles for loss. He has 2.5 sacks for the Broncos, who led the nation in sacks. A knee injury as a senior in high school limited Winterswyk’s college options, but Boise State granted his request to walk-on in 2007. He is now fourth on the school’s career tackles list and on pace to make a third consecutive all-WAC team.