College Football 2015 All-America Team

Athlon picks the best players for 2015.

The 2015 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. Several of the nation’s top players from 2014 are in the NFL ranks, but there’s no shortage of talent returning to the FBS level.

 

Athlon Sports released its 2015 all-conference teams earlier this offseason, and now the focus shifts to the All-America team. Whether it’s quarterback, defensive end or a spot on the special teams, picking the best of the best is no easy task.

 

And it should be no surprise Ohio State - the defending national champion and Athlon's pick to win it all in 2015 - leads the All-America team with 11 selections. Alabama is second with seven selections, followed by USC (six) and then four teams tied with five (full table of team selections at the bottom of page). The SEC leads the way with 27 overall selections, and the BIg Ten checks in at No. 2 with 24 picks. 

 

An important note on the All-America teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 All-America team and all-conference teams are largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

 

2015 Athlon Sports All-Conference Teams

 

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt

 

Athlon Sports 2015 All-America Team

  First-Team
Offense
Second-Team
Offense
Third-Team
Offense
Fourth-Team
Offense
QB Trevone Boykin
TCU 
Dak Prescott
Miss. State 
Cody Kessler
USC 
Cardale Jones
Ohio State 
RB Nick Chubb
Georgia 
James Conner
Pittsburgh 
Dalvin Cook
Florida State 
Samaje Perine
Oklahoma 
RB Ezekiel Elliott
Ohio State 
Leonard Fournette
LSU 
Derrick Henry
Alabama 
Devontae Booker
Utah 
AP Pharoh Cooper
South Carolina 
Adoree' Jackson
USC 
D.J. Foster
Arizona State 
De'Mornay Pierson-El
Nebraska  
WR Tyler Boyd
Pittsburgh 
JuJu Smith
USC 
Corey Coleman
Baylor 
Will Fuller
Notre Dame 
WR Laquon Treadwell
Ole Miss 
D'haquille Williams
Auburn 
Rashard Higgins
Colorado State 
Sterling Shepard
Oklahoma 
TE Hunter Henry
Arkansas 
Evan Engram
Ole Miss 

O.J. Howard

Alabama 

Bucky Hodges
Virginia Tech 
C Max Tuerk 
USC 
Ryan Kelly
Alabama 
Jack Allen
Michigan State 

Jake Brendel
UCLA 

G Pat Elflein 
Ohio State 
Sebastian Tretola
Arkansas 
Greg Pyke
Georgia 
Joshua Garnett
Stanford  
G Taylor Decker (OT)
Ohio State 
Landon Turner
North Carolina 
Le'Raven Clark (OT)
Texas Tech 
Denver Kirkland (OT)
Arkansas 
T Laremy Tunsil
Ole Miss 
Cam Robinson
Alabama  
Ronnie Stanley
Notre Dame 
Kyle Murphy
Stanford 
T Spencer Drango
Baylor 
Jack Conklin
Michigan State 
Cody Whitehair
Kansas State 
John Theus
Georgia 
  First-Team
Defense
Second-Team
Defense
Third-Team
Defense
Fourth-Team
Defense
DE Joey Bosa
Ohio State 
Derek Barnett
Tennessee 
Myles Garrett
Texas A&M 
DeForest Buckner
Oregon 
DE Shilique Calhoun
Michigan State 
Shawn Oakman
Baylor 
Emmanuel Ogbah
Oklahoma State 
Dadi Nicolas
Virginia Tech 
DT Robert Nkemdiche
Ole Miss 
Andrew Billings
Baylor 
Maliek Collins
Nebraska 

Kenny Clark
UCLA  

DT A'Shawn Robinson
Alabama 
Anthony Zettel
Penn State 
Adolphus Washington
Ohio State 
Sheldon Day
Notre Dame  
LB Myles Jack
UCLA 
Darron Lee
Ohio State 

Su'a Cravens
USC 

Tyler Matakevich
Temple 
LB Reggie Ragland
Alabama 
Jaylon Smith
Notre Dame 
Joshua Perry
Ohio State 
Vince Biegel
Wisconsin 
LB Scooby Wright
Arizona 
Eric Striker
Oklahoma 
Jordan Jenkins
Georgia 
Darian Thompson (S)
Boise State 
CB Kendall Fuller
Virginia Tech 
Eli Apple
Ohio State 
Mackensie Alexander
Clemson 
B. Boddy-Calhoun
Minnesota 
CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Florida 
Zack Sanchez
Oklahoma 
William Likely
Maryland 
KeiVarae Russell
Notre Dame 
S Jalen Ramsey (CB)
Florida State 
Jeremy Cash
Duke 
Karl Joseph
West Virginia 
Dante Barnett
Kansas State 
S Tony Conner
Ole Miss 
Vonn Bell
Ohio State 
Quin Blanding
Virginia 
Budda Baker
Washington  
  First-Team
Specialists
Second-Team
Specialists
Third-Team
Specialists
Fourth-Team
Specialists
K Roberto Aguayo
Florida State 
Brad Craddock
Maryland 
Andy Phillips
Utah 
Josh Lambert
West Virginia 
P Tom Hackett
Utah 
JK Scott
Alabama 
Austin Rehkow
Idaho 
Peter Mortell
Minnesota 
KR Alex Ross
Oklahoma 
Adoree' Jackson
USC 
Myles Willis
Boston College 
Janarion Grant
Rutgers 
PR

De'Mornay Pierson-El

Nebraska 

Charles Nelson
Oregon 
Jalin Marshall
Ohio State 
Isaiah McKenzie
Georgia 

 

Conference Breakdown of All-America Selections
  First Second Third Fourth Total
ACC 4 3 4 2 13
Big 12 3 4 5 4 16
Big Ten 6 6 6 6 24
Pac-12 4 4 4 7 19
SEC 10 9 5 3 27
Independents 0 1 1 3 5
American Athletic 0 0 0 1 1
Mountain West 0 0 1 1 2
Sun Belt 0 0 1 0 1

 

Team Breakdown of All-America Selections
Team Number of Selections
Ohio State 11
Alabama 7
USC 6
Oklahoma 5
Georgia 5
Ole Miss 5
Notre Dame 5
Baylor 4
Florida State 3
Virginia Tech 3
Michigan State 3
Nebraska 3
UCLA 3
Utah 3
Arkansas 3
Pittsburgh 2
Kansas State 2
West Virginia 2
Maryland 2
Minnesota 2
Oregon 2
Stanford 2
Boston College 1
Clemson 1
Duke 1
North Carolina 1
Virginia 1
Oklahoma State 1
TCU 1
Texas Tech 1
Penn State 1
Rutgers 1
Wisconsin 1
Arizona 1
Arizona State 1
Washington 1
Florida 1
LSU 1
Mississippi State 1
South Carolina 1
Texas A&M 1
Tennessee 1
Auburn 1
Boise State 1
Temple 1
Idaho 1
Colorado State 1

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