2018 FWAA All-America Team unveiled

DALLAS — The 2018 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team was announced Monday, headlined by eight players from the Southeastern Conference and six from the Atlantic Coast Conference along with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma. Nine of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences plus two independents are represented on the first and second teams that also include seven repeat All-Americans.

The exclusive announcement came on “Off Campus with Mark Packer” on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM.

Alabama, the top-ranked team in the upcoming College Football Playoff, leads the field with four selections, two on the first team and two on the second team, while Oklahoma, Clemson and LSU each placed three on the first- and/or second-teams. Alabama leads four SEC programs with at least two members on the All-America team with defensive lineman and Outland Trophy winner Quinnen Williams and offensive lineman Jonah Williams on the first team to go with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and defensive back Deionte Thompson on the second team.

Oklahoma boasts Murray and offensive lineman Ben Powers on the first team and wide receiver Marquise Brown on the second, and Clemson has a pair of two-time All-Americans on the first team in offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt (2nd team in 2017) and defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (1st team in 2016), along with running back Travis Etienne on the second.

The first team includes a mix of nine seniors or graduate students, 10 juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen. The conference breakdown on the first team is: SEC (8), ACC (6), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (3), American Athletic (2), Independents (2), Pac-12 (1) and Mountain West (1). There are four repeat members on the 27-player first team but overall 47 of the 54 honored players are first-time selections to the FWAA All-America team. There are seven repeat members on the full team, and the SEC leads all conferences in members of the full team with 15, well ahead of the ACC’s 10.

Ed Oliver of Houston, now a three-time FWAA All-American (1st team in 2017 and 2nd team in 2016) on the defensive line, highlights the first-team defense along with this year’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, Josh Allen of Kentucky, which the FWAA honored last week as the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. LSU placed two members into the first-team secondary with Grant Delpit and Greedy Williams, and the Tigers’ third All-American is repeat member Devin White (2nd team in 2017) on the second team. Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, the nation’s tackles leader, is also on the first-team defense along with one of the top sack leaders, Montez Sweat of Mississippi State. Devin Bush of Michigan is the other first-team linebacker, and Boston College and Notre Dame players complete the first-team secondary with Hamp Cheevers and Julian Love, respectively.

Two running backs who have topped 1,900 yards this season fill out the first-team backfield in two-time All-American Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin (2nd team in 2017) and Memphis running back Darrell Henderson. One of the men who helped clear Taylor’s path, Wisconsin offensive lineman Michael Deiter, is also on the first team, as is center Garrett Bradbury of N.C. State. The nation’s two receiving yardage leaders, Andy Isabella of Massachusetts and Antoine Wesley of Texas Tech, are on the first team along with tight end target Jace Sternberger of Texas A&M. The Aggies also placed punter Braden Mann on the first team.

The first-team specialists include Mann, the nation’s punting-average leader, along with the two freshmen on the first team, Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt and Purdue all-purpose player Rondale Moore, who leads the nation in receptions in addition to being one of the country’s most dangerous return men. Utah State’s Savon Scarver earned the first-team spot as kick returner, and Wake Forest’s Greg Dortch is the first-team punt returner. Also among the specialists is Matt Gay of Utah, a repeat member who earned second-team mention this season after first-team accolades in 2017.

Utah is one of 10 schools with at least two members on the full team and placed linebacker Chase Hansen on the second team. Boston College also placed a second member among the specialists with Michael Walker as the second-team punt returner. Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher gives the Fighting Irish a second-team All-American and Ole Miss has a pair of second-team members in wide receiver A.J. Brown and offensive lineman Greg Little. Northern Illinois defensive lineman Sutton Smith is one of the seven repeat All-Americans as a second-team defensive lineman (1st team in 2017) and the Mid-American Conference’s lone member on the full team. Smith is tied for the national sack lead with 15.0 on the season along with Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Jaylon Ferguson, who is also on the second team and is Conference USA’s lone selection.

2018 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma 5-10 195 Jr. Allen, Texas
RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis 5-9 205 Jr. Batesville, Miss.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin 5-11 221 So. Salem, N.J.
WR Andy Isabella, Massachusetts 5-10 190 Sr. Mayfield, Ohio
WR Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech 6-5 200 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.
TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M 6-4 250 Jr. Kingfisher, Okla.
OL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin 6-6 310 Sr. Curtice, Ohio
OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson 6-5 310 Sr. Suwanee, Ga.
OL Ben Powers, Oklahoma 6-4 313 Sr. Wichita, Kan.
OL Jonah Williams, Alabama 6-5 301 Jr. Folsom, Calif.
C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State 6-3 300 Gr. Charlotte, N.C.
DEFENSE
DL Ed Oliver, Houston 6-3 292 Jr. Houston, Texas
DL Montez Sweat, Mississippi State 6-6 245 Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga.
DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson 6-4 315 Gr. Springfield, Mass.
DL Quinnen Williams, Alabama 6-4 295 So. Birmingham, Ala.
LB Josh Allen, Kentucky 6-5 260 Sr. Montclair, N.J.
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington 6-0 221 Sr. Menlo Park, Calif.
LB Devin Bush, Michigan 5-11 233 Jr. Pembroke Pines, Fla.
DB Hamp Cheevers, Boston College 5-10 180 Jr. Trenton, Fla.
DB Grant Delpit, LSU 6-3 203 So. Houston, Texas
DB Julian Love, Notre Dame 5-11 193 Jr. Westchester, Ill.
DB Greedy Williams, LSU 6-3 184 So. Shreveport, La.
SPECIALISTS
K Andre Szmyt, Syracuse 6-1 195 Fr. Vernon Hills, Ill.
P Braden Mann, Texas A&M 5-11 190 Jr. Houston, Texas
KR Savon Scarver, Utah State 5-11 185 So. Las Vegas, Nev.
PR Greg Dortch, Wake Forest 5-9 170 So. Richmond, Va.
AP Rondale Moore, Purdue 5-9 175 Fr. New Albany, Ind.

2017 FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

Offense: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama; RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State; RB Travis Etienne, Clemson; WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss; WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma; TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa; OL Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia; OL Greg Little, Ole Miss; OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State; OL Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon; C Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame.

Defense: DL Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech; DL Sutton Smith, NIU; DL Kenny Willekes, Michigan State; DL Gerald Willis, Miami; LB Chase Hansen, Utah; LB Tre Watson, Maryland; LB Devin White, LSU; DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford; DB Deandre Baker, Georgia; DB Bryce Hall, Virginia; DB Deionte Thompson, Alabama.

Specialists: K Matt Gay, Utah; P James Smith, Cincinnati; KR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina; PR Michael Walker, Boston College; AP Pooka Williams, Kansas.

The FWAA’s All-America Committee selected this 75th annual team based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the sixth season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team. The FWAA also selected an allpurpose player for a second time, which made for a 54-man full team.

Since 1945, the FWAA All-America Team has been among the five teams used to formulate the NCAA’s annual consensus AllAmerica team, which will be announced later this week. Since the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.

The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed. The FWAA’s inaugural team included Army’s Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech’s Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas’ head football coach and athletic director.

Over the years, the FWAA team has highlighted all the game’s great players in several media forums. From 1946-70, LOOK magazine published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by such noted hosts as Bob Hope, Steve Allen and Perry Como.

After LOOK folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA Films (later known as NCAA Productions), which produced a 30-minute television program. The team was part of ABC-TV’s 1981 College Football Series. From 1983-90, the team was introduced on either ABC or ESPN. In 2002 and ‘03, the All-America team was honored with a banquet at the Citrus Bowl.

The same bowl also was a sponsor when the team was featured on ABC and ESPN from different locations on Disney properties from 2004-07. From 2008-10, the team had been the subject of a one-hour ESPN special.

For seven decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).

Some of the true greats of the writing profession have helped to select this team over the years: Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane, Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman – and the list goes on and on. The FWAA All-America team is steeped in tradition and history and is selected by a writers’ group with those same attributes.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or call 214-870-6516.

2018 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE

  • Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman
  • Ken Capps, TexasFootball.com (Big 12)
  • Clay Henry, Hawgs Illustrated (SEC)
  • Joey Johnston, Johnston Communications (American)
  • Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.com (Big Ten)
  • Nate Mink, Syracuse Post-Standard (ACC)
  • Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News (Conference USA)
  • B.J. Rains, Idaho Press Tribune (Mountain West)
  • Matt Roberson, Jonesboro Sun (Sun Belt)
  • Tony Siracusa, Last Word on College Football (Pac-12)
  • Phil Steele, Phil Steele Publications
  • John Wagner, Freelance (MAC)

FWAA names 2017 All-America team

The 2017 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team was announced Monday, headlined by seven first-team players from the Big 12 Conference and with eight of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences represented.

Oklahoma led the field with three members on the first team, punctuated by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Tight end Mark Andrews and offensive tackle Orlando Brown, an Outland Trophy finalist for the best interior lineman in college football, also represented the Sooners on the first team. Mayfield was the FWAA’s second-team quarterback in 2015 and ’16, and moved to the first team along with 2016 second-teamers Brown, Texas punter Michael Dickson and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, the Outland Trophy winner.

The Big 12’s other selections came from Texas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Two other schools – Iowa and Notre Dame – had multiple first-team players. Both of Notre Dame’s All-Americans were up front, with Mike McClinchey and Quenton Nelson earning spots on the offensive line. Iowa’s representation came from the defense, linebacker Josey Jewell and defensive back Josh Jackson. Besides Dickson, Texas also included defensive back DeShon Elliott. The first team also featured Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner as the best defensive player in college football.

The first team included a mix of 13 seniors, 10 juniors and four sophomores. The conference breakdown on the first team was: Big 12 (7), Big Ten (4), ACC (3), Pac-12 (3), American Athletic (2), Independents (2), Mid-American (2), Mountain West (2) and SEC (2). There are no repeat members on the 27-player first team, and overall 46 players of the 54 honored players are first-time FWAA selections.

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington and Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning were also a part of the Big 12’s first-team contingent. Skill-position players Rashaad Penny of San Diego State (running back) and Michael Gallup of Colorado State (wide receiver) headlined the two first-team picks from the Mountain West Conference. The Mid-American Conference produced two first-team picks up front in Western Michigan offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor and Northern Illinois defensive lineman Sutton Smith, who was one of four sophomores on the team joining Houston’s Oliver, Florida State defensive back Derwin James and Memphis kick returner Tony Pollard Oliver and Pollard were the two picks from the American Athletic Conference.

The two first-team selections from the Southeastern Conference came on defense: linebacker Roquan Smith of Georgia and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama. The ACC’s third selection to the first-team, in addition to NC State’s Chubb and Florida State’s James, was also on defense in Clemson lineman Austin Bryant. Two of the Pac-12’s three first-team honorees came on special teams – punter Matt Gay of Utah and punt returner Dante Pettis of Washington – and in the backfield with running back Bryce Love of Stanford.

The FWAA’s All-America Committee selected this 74th annual team based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the fifth season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team. The FWAA also selected an all-purpose player for the first time – Saquon Barkley of Penn State was the 2017 first-team member – raising the number of first- and second-team players (27 on each) to 54. Barkley was one of four Big Ten players on the first team, along with Jewell and Jackson from Iowa and Ohio State center Billy Price.

Eight players were repeat members of the All-America Team. Joining Mayfield, Brown, Dickson and Oliver as multi-year selections were Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky. Jackson and Wishnowsky were first-team members in 2016, and Carlson and Kiser each made the second team for a second straight season. Mayfield is the only three-time selection on this year’s team.

Auburn and Wisconsin both had three second-team selections and Clemson, Stanford and Virginia had two each.

Since 1945, the FWAA All-America Team has been among the five teams used to formulate the NCAA’s annual consensus All-America team, which will be announced later this week. Since the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.

The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed. The FWAA’s inaugural team included Army’s Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech’s Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas’ head football coach and athletic director.

Over the years, the FWAA team has highlighted all the game’s great players in several media forums. From 1946-70, LOOK magazine published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by such noted hosts as Bob Hope, Steve Allen and Perry Como.

After LOOK folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA Films (later known as NCAA Productions), which produced a 30-minute television program. The team was part of ABC-TV’s 1981 College Football Series. From 1983-90, the team was introduced on either ABC or ESPN. In 2002 and ‘03, the All-America team was honored with a banquet at the Citrus Bowl.

The same bowl also was a sponsor when the team was featured on ABC and ESPN from different locations on Disney properties from 2004-07. From 2008-10, the team had been the subject of a one-hour ESPN special.

For seven decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).

Some of the true greats of the writing profession have helped to select this team over the years: Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane, Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman – and the list goes on and on. The FWAA All-America team is steeped in tradition and history and is selected by a writers’ group with those same attributes.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or call 214-870-6516.

The 2017 First-Team FWAA All-America Team

OFFENSE
QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 6-1 220 Sr. Austin, Texas
RB Bryce Love Stanford 5-10 196 Jr. Wake Forest, N.C.
RB Rashaad Penny San Diego State 5-11 220 Sr. Norwalk, Calif.
WR Michael Gallup Colorado State 6-1 200 Sr. Monroe, Ga.
WR James Washington Oklahoma State 6-0 205 Sr. Stamford, Texas
TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma 6-5 254 Jr. Scottsdale, Ariz.
OL Orlando Brown Oklahoma 6-8 345 Jr. Duluth, Ga.
OL Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame 6-8 315 Gr. Philadelphia, Pa.
OL Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 6-5 330 Sr. Holmdel, N.J.
OL Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan 6-6 330 Sr. Southfield, Mich.
C Billy Price Ohio State 6-4 312 Gr. Austintown, Ohio
DEFENSE
DL Austin Bryant Clemson 6-5 265 Jr. Pavo, Ga.
DL Bradley Chubb N.C. State 6-4 275 Sr. Marietta, Ga.
DL Ed Oliver Houston 6-3 290 So. Houston, Texas
DL Sutton Smith Northern Illinois 6-0 225 So. St. Charles, Mo.
LB Josey Jewell Iowa 6-2 236 Sr. Decorah, Iowa
LB Joel Lanning Iowa State 6-2 230 Sr. Ankeny, Iowa
LB Roquan Smith Georgia 6-1 225 Jr. Montezuma, Ga.
DB DeShon Elliott Texas 6-2 210 Jr. Rockwall, Texas
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama 6-1 202 Jr. Old Bridge, N.J.
DB Josh Jackson Iowa 6-1 192 Jr. Corinth, Texas
DB Derwin James Florida State 6-3 215 So. Haines City, Fla.
SPECIALISTS
K Matt Gay Utah 6-1 220 Jr. Orem, Utah
P Michael Dickson Texas 6-3 205 Jr. Sydney, Australia
KR Tony Pollard Memphis 5-11 200 So. Memphis, Tenn.
PR Dante Pettis Washington 6-1 195 Sr. San Clemente, Calif.
AP Saquon Barkley Penn State 5-11 230 Jr. Coplay, Pa.

2016 FWAA All-America Team announced

DALLAS — The 2016 FWAA All-America Team was announced on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America. The 26-man first team is led by the Southeastern Conference with eight selections. Top-ranked Alabama of the SEC led all schools with four players on the team, including Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) Cam Robinson and Nagurski Trophy winner Jonathan Allen (best defensive player).

For the fifth straight season, the announcement of the team, the second-longest continuously published team in major college football, will be featured on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Football Nation.” A two-hour special hosted by Mark Packer and Matt Leinart airs today at 5 p.m. ET.

Also representing the 2016 FWAA All-America Team from Alabama, which is in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, is linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive back Marlon Humphrey. The SEC’s other All-America players came from Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

There are two repeat first-team selections from the 2015 FWAA team: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. Three other teams — PlayStation Fiesta Bowl-bound Ohio State, Florida State and Texas — each had two players on the first team.

The Mid-American Conference, a Group of Five league, produced two first-team FWAA All-Americans, including Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis, who will lead the Broncos against Wisconsin in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2.

There were eight seniors, 10 juniors and eight sophomores selected to the first team. The conference breakdown for those players is as follows: SEC (8), ACC (5) Pac-12 (5), Big Ten (3) Big 12 (3), and Mid-American (2).

The FWAA’s All-America Committee selected this 73nd annual team based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the fourth season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team.

For the second straight year, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was named the quarterback of the second team. Michigan defensive back Jourdan Lewis also made the second team a second straight year. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, a first-team kick returner in 2015, is a second-team running back in 2016. And Iowa’s Desmond King, a first-team defensive back in 2015, is on the second team as a kick returner in 2016.

LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Washington and West Virginia each had two second-team selections. LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington each had three players on the first and second teams combined.

Since 1945, the FWAA All-America Team has been among the five teams used to formulate the NCAA’s annual consensus AllAmerica team, which will be announced later this week. Since the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.

The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed. The FWAA’s inaugural team included Army’s Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech’s Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas’ head football coach and athletic director.

2016 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Lamar Jackson Louisville 6-3 205 So. Pompano Beach, Fla.
RB Dalvin Cook Florida State 5-11 213 Jr. Miami, Fla.
RB D’Onta Foreman Texas 6-1 249 Jr. Texas City, Texas
WR Corey Davis Western Michigan 6-3 213 Sr. Wheaton, Ill.
WR Dede Westbrook Oklahoma 6-0 176 Sr. Cameron, Texas
TE Michael Roberts Toledo 6-5 270 Sr. Cleveland, Ohio
OL Pat Elflein Ohio State 6-3 300 Sr. Pickerington, Ohio
OL Cody O’Connell Washington State 6-8 354 Jr. Wenatchee, Wash.
OL Ethan Pocic LSU 6-7 302 Sr Lemont, Ill.
OL Cam Robinson Alabama 6-6 310 Jr. Monroe, La.
OL Connor Williams Texas 6-6 288 So Coppell, Texas

DEFENSE

DL Jonathan Allen Alabama 6-3 291 Sr Leesburg, Va.
DL Myles Garrett Texas A&M 6-5 270 Jr Arlington, Texas
DL Carl Lawson Auburn 6-2 253 Jr Alpharetta, Ga
DL Christian Wilkins Clemson 6-4 310 So Springfield, Mass.
LB Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt 6-4 230 Jr. Pinson, Ala.
LB Reuben Foster Alabama 6-1 228 Sr Auburn, Ala.
LB Jabrill Peppers Michigan 6-1 205 Jr East Orange, N.J.
DB Budda Baker Washington 5-10 192 Jr Bellevue, Wash.
DB Malik Hooker Ohio State 6-2 205 Jr New Castle, Pa.
DB Marlon Humphrey Alabama 6-1 196 So. Hoover, Ala.
DB Tarvarus McFadden Florida State 6-2 198 So Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

SPECIALISTS

K Zane Gonzalez Arizona State 6-1 195 Sr. Deer Park, Texas
P Mitch Wishnowsky Utah 6-2 220 So Gosnells, Australia
KR Quadree Henderson Pittsburgh 5-8 190 So Wilmington, Del.
PR Adoreé Jackson USC 5-11 185 Jr Belleville, Ill.

 

2016 FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
RB Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State
WR Zay Jones East Carolina
WR John Ross Washington
HB Curtis Samuel Ohio State
OL Trey Adams Washington
OL Orlando Brown Oklahoma
OL Taylor Moton Western Michigan
OL Tyler Orlosky West Virginia
OL Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin

DEFENSE

DL Derek Barnett Tennessee
DL Hunter Dimick Utah
DL Ed Oliver Houston
DL Solomon Thomas Stanford
LB Kendell Beckwith LSU
LB Ben Boulware Clemson
LB Micah Kiser Virginia
DB Rasul Douglas West Virginia
DB Jourdan Lewis Michigan
DB Jalen “Teez” Tabor Florida
DB Tre’Davious White LSU.

SPECIALISTS

K Daniel Carlson Auburn
P Michael Dickson Texas
KR Desmond King Iowa
PR Christian Kirk Texas A&M.

Over the years, the FWAA team has highlighted all the game’s great players in several media forums. From 1946-70, LOOK magazine published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by such noted hosts as Bob Hope, Steve Allen and Perry Como.

After LOOK folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA Films (later known as NCAA Productions), which produced a 30-minute television program. The team was part of ABC-TV’s 1981 College Football Series. From 1983-90, the team was introduced on either ABC or ESPN. In 2002 and ‘03, the All-America team was honored with a banquet at the Citrus Bowl.

The same bowl, now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, also was a sponsor when the team was featured on ABC and ESPN from different locations on Disney properties from 2004-07. From 2008-10, the team had been the subject of a one-hour ESPN special.

For seven decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).

Some of the true greats of the writing profession have helped to select this team over the years: Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane, Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman — and the list goes on and on. The FWAA All-America team is steeped in tradition and history and is selected by a writers’ group with those same attributes.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

2016 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE

Nick Baumgardner, MLive.com (Big Ten)

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman (Chairman)

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News (C-USA)

Clay Henry, Hawgs Illustrated (SEC)

Joey Johnston, TodaysU.com (American Athletic)

Steve Jones, Louisville Courier-Journal (ACC)

Matt Roberson, Jonesboro Sun (Sun Belt)

John Shinn, Norman Transcript (Big 12)

Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman (Mountain West)

Phil Steele, Phil Steele Publications (Independents/National)

Ryan Thorburn, Eugene Register-Guard (Pac-12)

John Wagner, Toledo Blade (Mid-American)