College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team

Athlon honors the top freshmen of 2016.

Every college football season is a new opportunity for the true or redshirt freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level. The 2016 season produced plenty of standouts in the freshmen ranks, including quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Deondre Francois (Florida State) and Sam Darnold (USC). The impressive freshman class continues at running back with Ohio State's Mike Weber and Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams. Additionally, there's a strong group of linemen in the freshmen ranks, including Alabama's Jonah Williams and Oregon's Jake Hanson. On defense, Houston's Ed Oliver headlines the first-team unit, while Clemson's Dexter Lawrence and Ohio State's Nick Bosa are two other rising stars to watch over the next couple of seasons.

 

Compiling the all-freshman team at the end of the regular season is no easy task. Several worthy players missed the cut, as we tried to combine stats, competition level talent and playing time to piece together the all-freshman teams for 2016. Additionally, we also used some position flexibility to award some of the best players instead of sticking with a true positional alignment.

 

2016 All-Freshman Teams by Conference

 

ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

2016 All-Conference Teams

 

ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | All-America

 

College Football's 2016 Postseason All-Freshman Team
 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Jalen Hurts

Alabama 

Sam Darnold

USC  

Deondre Francois

Florida State 

Shane Buechele

Texas 

RB

Mike Weber

Ohio State 

Justice Hill

Oklahoma State 

Devin Singletary

FAU 

Devwah Whaley

Arkansas 

RB

Trayveon Williams

Texas A&M 

Benny Snell

Kentucky 

Damarea Crockett

Missouri 

Chris Evans

Michigan 

AP

N'Keal Harry (WR)

Arizona State 

Bryan Edwards (WR)

South Carolina 

Van Jefferson (WR)

Ole Miss 

James Williams (RB)

Washington State 

WR

Ahmmon Richards

Miami 

Deshaunte Jones

Iowa State 

James Proche

SMU 

Donnie Corley

Michigan State 

WR

Demetris Robertson

California 

Dimetrios Mason

Missouri 

Kevin Stepherson

Notre Dame 

Ty Lee

MTSU 

TE

Isaac Nauta

Georgia 

Daniel Imatorbhebhe

USC 

JJ Arcega-

Whiteside (WR)

Stanford 

Nigel Kilby

Eastern Michigan 

C

Jake Hanson

Oregon 

Erik McCoy

Texas A&M 

Nate Herbig (OL)

Stanford 

Dedrick Mills (RB)

Georgia Tech 

OL

Bobby Evans

Oklahoma 

Coy Cronk

Indiana 

Michael Jordan

Ohio State 

Kennedy McKoy (RB)

West Virginia 

OL

Ryan Bates

Penn State 

Tim Lynott

Colorado 

Colton McKivitz

West Virginia 

Vic Johnson

App. State 

OL

Gus Lavaka

Oregon State 

Marcus Keyes

Oklahoma State 

Jawaan Taylor

Florida 

Jon Dietzen

Wisconsin  

OL

Jonah Williams

Alabama 

Ben Bredeson

Michigan 

Parker Braun

Georgia Tech 

Scott Frantz

Kansas State 

         
 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

Ed Oliver

Houston 

Malcolm Roach

Texas 

Anthony Nelson

Iowa 

Joe Dillon

UL Lafayette 

DL

Dexter Lawrence

Clemson 

Dre'Mont Jones

Ohio State 

Benito Jones

Ole Miss 

Jabari Zuniga

Florida 

DL

Reggie Walker

Kansas State 

Joe Jackson

Miami 

Clelin Ferrell

Clemson 

McTelvin Agim

Arkansas 

DL

Nick Bosa

Ohio State 

Brian Burns

Florida State 

Marlon Davidson

Auburn 

Rashan Gary

Michigan 

LB

Troy Dye

Oregon 

Bryan London

Texas State 

Logan Wilson

Wyoming 

Kevin Givens (DL)

Penn State 

LB

Joe Giles-

Harris

Duke 

Josiah Tauaefa

UTSA 

David Reese

Florida 

Michael Pinckney

Miami 

LB

Shaq Quarterman

Miami 

Leo Lewis

Miss. State 

Markus Bailey

Purdue 

Jordyn Brooks 

Texas Tech 

DB

Xavier Crawford

Oregon State 

Marcelino Ball

Indiana 

Patrick Nelson

Illinois 

Alohi Gilman

Navy 

DB

Clifton Duck

App. State 

Javaris Davis

Auburn 

Antoine Winfield

Minnesota 

Justin Tranquill

W. Michigan 

DB

Taylor Rapp

Washington 

Mike Lee

Kansas 

Julian Love

Notre Dame 

Ben DeLuca

Charlotte 

DB

Jessie Bates

Wake Forest 

Jaylon Jones

Ole Miss /

Brenden Schooler

Oregon 

Myles Hartsfield

Ole Miss 

Trae Williams

Northwestern 

         
         
 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Louie Zervos

Ohio 

Rodrigo Blankenship

Georgia 

Butch Hampton

W. Michigan 

Ricky Aguayo

Florida State 

P

Sterling Hofrichter

Syracuse 

Blake Gillikin

Penn State 

Josh Growden

LSU 

Dom Maggio

Wake Forest 

KR

Tony Pollard

Memphis 

Kene Nwangwu

Iowa State 

Adrian Killins

UCF 

Jabir Frye 

Troy 

PR

Austin Conway

Wyoming 

Johnathon Johnson

Missouri 

Keidrien Wadley

Tulsa 

Tony Nicholson

Baylor 

 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 18:07

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