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College Football 2017 All-America Team

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football

The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of quarterbacks. Louisville's Lamar Jackson is the reigning Heisman winner, and he's joined by Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and USC's Sam Darnold as the top returning signal-callers in the nation. The defensive line and running back positions are two spots where the All-America field is crowded for 2017. Penn State's Saquon Barkley and LSU's Derrius Guice are Heisman contenders, while second-team selections like Georgia's Nick Chubb and Auburn's Kamryn Pettway rank among the SEC's top returning players. Up front on defense, three Clemson linemen earn selections for the All-America squad, while Houston's Ed Oliver takes a spot on the first team after a standout freshman campaign.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

Athlon Sports released its 2017 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 2017. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2017 All-America team and all-conference teams are largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

2017 Athlon Sports All-Conference Teams

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

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Athlon Sports 2017 All-America Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 

Sam Darnold USC 

Lamar Jackson Louisville 

J.T. Barrett Ohio State 

RB

Saquon Barkley Penn State 

Royce Freeman Oregon 

Nick Chubb Georgia 

Myles Gaskin Washington 

RB

Derrius Guice LSU 

Kamryn Pettway Auburn 

Justin Jackson Northwestern 

Ronald Jones USC 

AP

Jaylen Samuels (AP) NC State 

Richie James (WR) MTSU 

Quadree Henderson (AP) Pitt  

Ahmmon Richards (WR) Miami 

WR

James Washington Oklahoma State 

Courtland Sutton SMU 

Allen Lazard Iowa State 

Anthony Miller Memphis 

WR

Christian Kirk Texas A&M 

Calvin Ridley Alabama 

Dante Pettis Washington 

Michael Gallup Colorado State 

TE

Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin 

Mike Gesicki Penn State 

Adam Breneman UMass 

Mark Andrews Oklahoma 

C

Frank Ragnow Arkansas 

Billy Price Ohio State 

Mason Cole (OL) Michigan 

James Daniels Iowa 

OL

Orlando Brown Oklahoma 

Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 

Trey Adams Washington 

Jamarco Jones Ohio State 

OL

Connor Williams Texas 

Jonah Williams Alabama 

Will Hernandez UTEP 

Tyrone Crowder Clemson 

OL

Braden Smith Auburn 

Mitch Hyatt Clemson 

Sean Welsh Iowa 

Will Clapp LSU 

OL

Cody O'Connell Washington State

Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame 

Brian O'Neill Pitt 

Dalton Risner Kansas State 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Harold Landry Boston College 

Bradley Chubb NC State 

Da'Ron Payne Alabama 

Lowell Lotulelei Utah 

DL

Dexter Lawrence Clemson 

Maurice Hurst Michigan 

Trenton Thompson Georgia 

Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest 

DL

Ed Oliver Houston 

Tyquan Lewis Ohio State 

Marquis Haynes Ole Miss 

Derrick Nnadi Florida State 

DL

Christian Wilkins Clemson 

Vita Vea Washington 

Dorance Armstrong Kansas 

Hercules Mata'afa Washington State  

LB

Arden Key LSU 

Cameron Smith USC 

Jerome Baker Ohio State 

Clelin Ferrell Clemson 

LB

Josey Jewell Iowa 

Tegray Scales Indiana 

Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech 

Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama 

LB

Azeem Victor Washington 

Micah Kiser Virginia 

Jordan Jones Kentucky 

Travin Howard TCU 

CB

Jaire Alexander Louisville 

Duke Dawson Florida 

Jordan Thomas Oklahoma 

Roquan Smith (LB) Georgia 

CB

Tarvarus McFadden Florida State 

Greg Stroman Virginia Tech 

Quenton Meeks Stanford  

D.J. Reed Kansas State 

S

Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama 

Quin Blanding Virginia 

Marcus Allen Penn State 

Chase Hansen Utah 

S

Derwin James Florida State 

Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern 

Ronnie Harrison Alabama 

Jordan Whitehead Pitt 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Daniel Carlson Auburn 

Eddy Pineiro Florida 

Gary Wunderlich Ole Miss 

Emmit Carpenter Minnesota 

P

Mitch Wishnowsky Utah 

J.K. Scott Alabama 

Michael Dickson Texas 

Johnny Townsend Florida 

KR

Quadree Henderson Pitt 

Evan Berry Tennessee 

Rashaad Penny SDSU 

Janarion Grant Rutgers 

PR

Christian Kirk Texas A&M 

Dante Pettis Washington 

KaVontae Turpin TCU 

Charles Nelson Oregon 

Conference Breakdown of All-America Selections

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Overall

ACC

8

5

4

6

23

Big 12

4

0

5

4

13

Big Ten

3

6

5

5

19

Pac-12

3

5

3

6

17

SEC

8

7

7

4

26

Independents

0

2

1

0

3

American Athletic

1

1

0

1

3

Conference USA

0

1

1

0

2

MAC

0

0

0

0

0

Mountain West

0

0

1

1

2

Sun Belt

0

0

0

0

0

Team Breakdown of All-America Selections

Team

Number of Selections

Alabama

7

Washington

6

Clemson

5

Ohio State

5

Pitt

4

Oklahoma

4

Florida State

3

Iowa

3

Penn State

3

USC

3

Utah

3

Auburn

3

Florida

3

Georgia

3

LSU

3

Louisville

2

NC State

2

Virginia

2

Virginia Tech

2

Kansas State

2

TCU

2

Texas

2

Michigan

2

Northwestern

2

Oregon

2

Washington State

2

Ole Miss

2

Texas A&M

2

Notre Dame

2

Boston College

1

Miami

1

Wake Forest

1

Houston

1

Memphis

1

SMU

1

Iowa State

1

Kansas

1

Oklahoma State

1

Indiana

1

Minnesota

1

Rutgers

1

Wisconsin

1

MTSU

1

UTEP

1

San Diego State

1

Colorado State

1

Stanford

1

Arkansas

1

Kentucky

1

Tennessee

1

UMass

1