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College Football 2016 All-America Team

Deshaun Watson

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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.

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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

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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