“We’re going into this game looking at it as a postseason opportunity,” Western Kentucky first-year coach Mike Sanford told reporters. “(It’s) a true one-game season. It’s the postseason.”
The Hilltoppers are led by quarterback Mike White. The 6-4, 225-pound senior threw for 3,826 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
Notre Dame (offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson), Ohio State (center Billy Price and cornerback Denzel Ward), Iowa (linebacker Josey Jewell and cornerback Josh Jackson) and Texas (safety DeShon Elliott and punter Michael Dickson) each have two players on the first team.
Clemson had the most players selected to all three teams with six. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt made the second team. Defensive end Austin Bryant and guard Tyrone Crowder were third-team picks.
In Dorsey’s introductory press conference Friday, owner Jimmy Haslam made it clear that Dorsey’s primary focus in his new role will be finding a quarterback to lead the team.
“Let me say it this way: The Cleveland Browns are not going to be successful until we get a quarterback,” Haslam said, per NFL.com. “And we obviously have DeShone and two other quarterbacks on the roster. We’re going to look at free agency and the draft. As it was mentioned earlier, we have a substantial amount of capital. We’re going to do whatever it takes to find the quarterback we need to be successful.”
The Browns have started nine quarterbacks over the past four years, but the franchise has not found a leader they can depend on to turn around the team. Cleveland’s current quarterbacks – DeShone Kizer (21), Kevin Hogan (25) and Cody Kessler (24) – are some of the youngest in the NFL, and they have all started for the Browns over the past two seasons.