There are a lot of prospective student-athletes coming out of high school that are two-sport athletes. In fact, in the 2016 NFL Draft 88.5% of players selected were dual-sport athletes back in their Friday Night Light days. That statistic goes to show that only the best of the best make it professionaly - especially with only 1.6% of student-athletes playing on Sundays.
Out of these nine players that made the starting lineup, only two continue to play baseball and football - Notre Dame’s Torii Hunter Jr. and South Carolina’s Brandon McIlwain. The rest of the guys could stop playing on the gridiron now and make a smooth transition to the diamond - that’s how athletic they are. Without further ado, here is our baseball all-star team from college football players in 2016.
College Football's All-Star Baseball Team
Pitcher- QB, Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
The Whitehouse, Texas native threw a no-hitter in high school and his dad pitched in the majors for 11 seasons.
Catcher- QB, DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
Standing at 6-foot-4, Kizer would be the ideal player behind the plate. Even though he has a long delivery, he would make up for it with his elite arm strength.
1st Base- QB, Shea Patterson, Ole Miss
Before Patterson transfered to the best high school in America (IMG Academy), he played first base for Calvary Baptist.
2nd Base- QB, Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
The nephew of former MLB outfielder Calvin Murray, Kyler was a tweener coming out of Allen High School deciding between the two sports. He would be an excellent middle infielder at the college level.
3rd Base- QB, Shane Buechele, Texas
Shane's father Steve was the No. 9 pick in the 1979 MLB Draft but decided to go to Stanford and room with the great John Elway. His rocket arm would translate well to the hot corner position.
Shortstop- QB, Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
The son of future Hall of Famer Torii Hunter, Junior recently got drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 23rd round.
Center Field- WR, Trey Griffey, Arizona
Another son of a MLB legend that played in the outfield, Trey catches passes for the Wildcats and also got drafted in this year's MLB Draft (24th round).
Right Field- QB, Brandon McIlwain, South Carolina
McIlwain enrolled early this spring to play baseball for the Gamecocks and made appearances in eight games. He is expected to push Perry Orth at quarterback and could start the year as the No. 1 option against Vanderbilt.