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College Football 2016 All-America Team

Athlon picks the best players for 2016.

The 2016 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2016 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of players on offense. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Stanford running back/all-purpose threat Christian McCaffrey are just a few of the big names returning on offense for 2016. Leading the way on defense is Texas A&M end Myles Garrett and Iowa cornerback Desmond King.

 

Athlon Sports released its 2016 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.

 

An important note on the All-America teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 All-America team and all-conference teams are largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

 

2016 Athlon Sports All-Conference Teams
 
Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC
 
Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | M. West | Sun Belt
 
 

Athlon Sports 2016 All-America Team

 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Deshaun Watson

Clemson 

Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma 

J.T. Barrett

Ohio State 

Greg Ward

Houston 

RB

Dalvin Cook

Florida State 

Royce Freeman

Oregon 

Elijah Hood

UNC 

Jalen Hurd

Tennessee 

RB

Leonard Fournette

LSU 

Samaje Perine

Oklahoma 

Wayne Gallman

Clemson 

Myles Gaskin

Washington 

AP

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford 

Artavis Scott

Clemson 

Charles Nelson

Oregon 

Nick Chubb (RB)

Georgia 

WR

Calvin Ridley

Alabama 

Isaiah Ford

Va. Tech 

Gabe Marks

Wazzu 

Corey Davis

WMU 

WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster

USC 

Christian Kirk

TAMU 

KD Cannon

Baylor 

James Washington

Okla. State 

TE

Jordan Leggett

Clemson 

Jake Butt

Michigan 

Evan Engram

Ole Miss 

OJ Howard

Alabama 

C

Pat Elflein

Ohio State 

Ethan Pocic

LSU 

Tyler Orlosky

WVU 

Jay Guillermo

Clemson 

OL

Zach Banner

USC 

Adam Bisnowaty

Pitt 

Brian Allen

Mich. State 

Dorian Johnson

Pitt 

OL

Dan Feeney

Indiana 

Mitch Hyatt

Clemson 

Mason Cole

Michigan 

Billy Price

Ohio State 

OL

Roderick Johnson

Florida State 

Conor McDermott

UCLA 

Dan Skipper

Arkansas 

J.J. Dielman

Utah 

OL

Cam Robinson

Alabama 

Sean Welsh

Iowa 

Quenton Nelson

Notre Dame 

Mike McGlinchey

Notre Dame 

 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

Jonathan Allen

Alabama 

Charles Harris

Missouri 

Lowell Lotulelei

Utah 

Carlos Watkins

Clemson 

DL

Derek Barnett

Tennessee 

Arden Key

LSU 

Ejuan Price

Pitt 

Sam Hubbard

Ohio State 

DL

Myles Garrett

TAMU 

Charles Walker 

Oklahoma 

Eddie Vanderdoes

UCLA 

Tyquan Lewis

Ohio State 

DL

Malik McDowell

Mich. State 

DeMarcus Walker

Florida State 

Chris Wormley

Michigan 

Jarrad Davis (LB)

Florida 

LB

Devonte Fields

Louisville 

Zach Cunningham

Vanderbilt 

Josey Jewell

Iowa 

Kendell Beckwith

LSU 

LB

Raekwon McMillan

Ohio State 

Reuben Foster

Alabama 

Keith Kelsey

Louisville 

Riley Bullough

Mich. State 

LB

Anthony Walker

Northwestern 

Jabrill Peppers

Michigan 

Jalen 

Reeves-Maybin

Tennessee 

Tim Williams

Alabama 

CB

Desmond King

Iowa 

Adoree' Jackson

USC 

Cordrea Tankersley

Clemson 

Sidney Jones

Washington 

CB

Jourdan Lewis

Michigan 

Jalen Tabor

Florida 

Tre'Davious White

LSU 

Jordan Thomas

Oklahoma 

S

Jamal Adams

LSU 

Budda Baker

Washington 

Marcus Maye

Florida 

Quin Blanding

Virginia 

S

Derwin James

Florida State 

Eddie Jackson

Alabama 

Jordan Whitehead

Pitt 

Tony Conner

Ole Miss 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team
Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Daniel Carlson

Auburn 

Andy Phillips 

Utah 

Jake Elliott

Memphis 

Griffin Oakes

Indiana 

P

JK Scott

Alabama 

Cameron Johnston

Ohio State 

Hayden Hunt

Colorado State 

Michael Carrizosa

SJSU 

KR

Evan Berry

Tennessee 

Rashaad Penny

SDSU 

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford 

DeVon Edwards

Duke 

PR

Cameron Sutton

Tennessee 

William Likely

Maryland 

Antonio Callaway

Florida 

Ryan Switzer

UNC 

 

 

Conference Breakdown of All-America Selections

  First Second Third Fourth Overall
ACC 6 5 6 6 23
Big 12 0 3 2 2 7
Big Ten 7 5 5 5 22
Pac-12 3 5 5 3 16
SEC 11 8 6 7 32
Independents 0 0 1 1 2
American 0 0 1 1 2
Conference USA 0 0 0 0 0
MAC 0 0 0 1 1
Mountain West 0 1 1 1 3
Sun Belt 0 0 0 0 0

 

Team Breakdown of All-America Selections

Team Number of Selections
Clemson 8
Alabama 8
Ohio State 7
LSU 6
Michigan 5
Tennessee 5
Florida State 4
Pitt 4
Oklahoma 4
Florida 4
Iowa 3
Michigan State 3
USC 3
Utah 3
Washington 3
Louisville 2
North Carolina 2
Indiana 2
Oregon 2
Stanford 2
UCLA 2
Ole Miss 2
Texas A&M 2
Notre Dame 2
Duke 1
Virginia 1
Virginia Tech 1
Baylor 1
West Virginia 1
Oklahoma State 1
Maryland 1
Northwestern 1
Washington State 1
Arkansas 1
Auburn 1
Georgia 1
Missouri 1
Vanderbilt 1
Western Michigan 1
Colorado State 1
San Jose State 1
San Diego State 1
Houston 1
Memphis 1
 

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