The big tight end saved his best performance for the last game of the season, hauling in five passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's national title victory over Clemson. Howard's ability to separate from coverage at 6-foot-6, 242 pounds was jaw-dropping. Interestingly enough, the national championship was the first time Howard had caught a touchdown pass since Nov. 9, 2013, against LSU. What a game to make an impression.
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Cal QB Jared Goff
Goff threw six touchdown passes, the most of the bowl season, in Cal's 55-36 Armed Forces Bowl win over the Air Force. Goff also broke the Pac-12 single season record for passing touchdowns (43) and passing yards (4,719) in the game. He will now look towards the 2016 NFL Draft with the hopes of being the first signal-caller selected.
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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey accrued a Rose Bowl-record 368 all-purpose yards in Stanford's big 45-16 victory over Iowa. The super-sophomore also had two touchdowns and became the first player in a Rose Bowl to gain 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game, effectively making the 2015 Heisman finalist look like a sure-fire Trophy favorite heading into 2016.
North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen
The 5-foot-6, 173-pound running back accrued 295 yards rushing and three touchdowns on only 22 carries against Alcorn State in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. This equates to an eye-popping 13.4 yards-per-carry average. Cohen also caught two passes for 53 yards in North Carolina A&T's 41-34 victory for good measure.
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Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson
Filling in for the injured Shock Linwood, Jefferson took a depleted Baylor offense on his back and led the Bears to a 49-38 victory over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Jefferson piled up three touchdowns and a bowl-record 299 yards on 23 carries. He was a vital cog in the Baylor offense, which accrued 756 total yards in the win (including 645 yards on the ground).
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Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford
Isaiah Ford proved to be the brightest entity in the 55-52 offensive explosion between Virginia Tech and Tulsa. The wideout caught 12 balls for 227 yards and a touchdown in the three-point victory. The Golden Hurricanes simply had no answer for the virtually unguardable Ford, who ended up setting an Independence Bowl record for his statistical output in what would be Frank Beamer's final game as the Hokies' head coach.
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West Virginia QB Skyler Howard
In a game where offense reigned supreme, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard stood above everyone else despite his relatively diminutive 6-foot stature. Howard threw for a Motel 6 Cactus Bowl-record 532 yards and five touchdowns in the Mountaineers' nail-bitting 43-42 victory over the Arizona Sun Devils. He also eclipsed Marc Bulger's previous school record for most passing yards in a single game (429) by a whopping 103 yards.
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TCU QB Bram Kohlhausen
Kohlhausen had a storybook ending to his collegiate career in what may have been the most entertaining game of the bowl season. Down 31-0 to Oregon at halftime, Kohlhausen engineered a ridiculous comeback that ultimately resulted in a 47-41 Alamo Bowl victory in triple overtime. The backup QB finished with 351 yards passing and two touchdowns to cap the senior's first (and last) career start.
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Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
The freshman from Florida led Louisville to a 27-21 victory over Texas A&M in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Jackson accrued 453 yards of total offense -- including a sensational 226 yards on the ground. The immensely athletic quarterback also accounted for all four touchdowns for the Cardinals. Watch for his name in the future.
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LSU RB Leonard Fournette
LSU running back Leonard Fournette capped off a tremendous 2015 season with a banner effort against Texas Tech in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl. Fournette carried the ball 29 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' dominating 56-27 victory over the Red Raiders. He finished the 2015 season with 1,953 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.