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Buffaloes Shenault, Landman on Pro Football Focus mid-season All-America

Colorado’s sophomore stars have been among the best in the country.

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There’s no real thing such as the Mid-Season All-America team, but Pro Football Focus creates one anyway. Their first-team includes Laviska Shenault Jr. and Nate Landman of the Colorado Buffaloes.

Shenault, a dark horse Heisman contender, has a ridiculous 91.2 grade, per PFF. That mark is the best for any non-QB offensive player in the nation. Steve Palazollo briefly writes here, “The nation’s top playmaker, Shenault has caught 83.6% of his targets and his 535 yards after the catch lead the nation by over 100 yards.” Shenault’s raw stats are just as impressive as PFF’s assortment of metrics; through six games, he has 60 catches, 867 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns.

Landman, meanwhile, has been one of the nation’s elite linebackers as he comes in with a sparkling 88.4 rating. Palazollo writes, “As for Landman, he’s done his best work in the run game with a 90.2 grade that ranks sixth, but he also has two interceptions and a pass breakup while allowing just three receptions in coverage.” Through 5.5 games (thanks Pac-12 refs), he has 54 tackles (8 for loss), 2 interceptions and a sack. He’s been CU’s best defender by far and has always emerged for disruptive plays when they’re needed most.

Here’s the full first team offense:

And the rest of the first team defense:

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