FBS 2018 A.P. All-American teams

FIRST TEAM

2018 Heisman Winner and AP first team All-American Kyler Murray.
Photo: Tulsa World.

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky
Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue
Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois
Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson
Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington
Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame
Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama
Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

Maxwell and Walter Camp POY winner Tua Tagovailoa.
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama
Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M
Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia
Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin
Center — Ross Piersbacher, senior, Alabama
Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa
Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts
All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest
Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida
Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami
Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas
Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington
Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

Haskins was awarded the 2018 Chicago Tribune Silver FootballThe award is presented to the Big Ten’s best football player each year, and is voted on by the coaches. 
Photo: Cleveland.com

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State
Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State
Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma
Guards — Terronne Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College
Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State
Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa
Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia
All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona
Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech
Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston
Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame
Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan
Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Johnathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State
Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

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Sugar Bowl – Jan 1, 2019: Georgia vs Texas

#5 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) vs #15 Texas Longhorns (9-4)

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GEORGIA BULLGOGS | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Kirby Smart

Georgia Players to watch:

**Sophomore LT Andrew Thomas (6-6/320)

Photo: 247Sports

Georgia left tackle Andrew Thomas was named to the AP All-American Second Team. Thomas has gotten the starting nod at left tackle for 12 of the Bulldogs’ 13 games, only missing the Middle Tennessee State game with an ankle injury. He has anchored an offensive line that leads the SEC in Rushing Offense at 251.6 yards per game. The Bulldog’s offensive line unit were named a Joe Moore Award finalist for being one of the top offensive lines in the nation.

**Sophomore RB D’Andre Swift (5-9/215)

Swift started five of 13 games thus far and has gained a team-high 1037 yards on 155 carries, with 10 TDs – also a team high. Swift ias also a receiving threat out of the backfield, he has caught 27 passes this year for 257 yards and 2 tds.

*Junior RS/WR Mecole Hardman (5-11/183)

Hardman was named 2018 ESPN.com All-America First Team (kick returner); 2018 SI.com All-America Second Team (kick returner); and 2018 AP & Coaches’ All-SEC 2nd Team. He returned 13 kicks for 325 yards and 16 punts for 321 yards. He also caught 33 passes for 529 yards.

Senior LB D’Andre Walker (6-2/245)

Walker has started all 13 games to date, racking up 45 total tackles, while leading the team with 11.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 QB sacks and 14 QB pressures. He had a career-best seven tackles vs. Georgia Tech, including a second-quarter QB sack.

Senior CB DeAndre Baker (5-11/185)

Baker, as first team AP All-American, had decided not to play in the Sugar Bowl.

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TEXAS LONGHORNS | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Tom Herman

Texas Players to watch:

***Freshman RT Samuel Cosmi (6-6/290)

Photo: 247Sports

Cosmi, a redshirt freshman, started the final 12 games of the season at RT. He graded out at 85-percent overall in 985 total snaps. He had 57 knockdowns and 68 first-down or touchdown blocks. He allowed just four sacks and eight pressures on 460 pass plays. He received votes and earned honorable mention as the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year from the league’s head coaches.

***Freshman S Caden Sterns (6-0/195)

Sterns, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and first team All-Big 12 by the coaches and Associated Press, is a true freshman from Cibolo, Texas. He had 62 tackles (46 solo) with three TFL, one sack, four interceptions and four pass breakups. His four INT are tied for the most ever by a Longhorn true freshman. He also has a blocked field goal against USC, which was returned for a touchdown.

Senior CB Kris Boyd (6-0/195)

Boyd, a native of Gilmer, Texas, also earned first-team recognition from the Big 12 coaches at defensive back. He has totaled 63 tackles (46 solo) with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He has been a lock-down at the corner position, with 16 pass breakups and an interception. He also has a QB hurry, forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the year.

Senior DE Charles Omenihu (6-6/275)

Omenihu, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and first team All-Big 12 by the coaches, has totaled 43 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. His 16 TFL and 9.5 sacks are the most for a Longhorn since the 2013 season. His 9.5 sacks rank second in the Big 12 Conference. He enters the Sugar Bowl with at least one tackle for loss in nine straight games.

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Allstate Sugar Bowl
Texas 28, Georgia 21
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans

Rose Bowl – Jan 1, 2019: Ohio State vs Washington

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) vs #9 Washington Huskies (10-3)

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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES | BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Coach: Urban Meyer

Ohio State Players to watch:

**Sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins (6-3/214)

Photo: Greg Bartram|USA TODAY Sports

Haskins is a Pro-Style Quarterback with a Cannon for an Arm. Haskins has thrown for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns this season – both school and conference single-season records – while leading the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten title. In last Saturday’s championship game against No. 21 Northwestern, Haskins threw for a school-record 499 yards and five touchdowns on his way to being named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

*Junior OC Michael Jordan (6-7/310)

With Jordan manning at center, the Buckeyes are currently second nationally in total offense, averaging 548.8 yard per game, and No. 2 in passing yards per game (373.0). Their average of 43.5 points per game is No. 8 nationally. Ten times this year, Ohio State totaled 500 or more yards of offense, including 567 against Michigan and the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense.

*Junior DT Dre’Mont Jones (6-3/290)

Jones leads the defense with 12.0 tackles for loss, including 7.5 quarterback sacks. He has 36 total tackles plus five quarterback hurries. His three fumble recoveries include one for a touchdown vs. Maryland, and he also has a “pick-6” touchdown interception vs. TCU, making him the only Buckeye defensive linemen in at least 50 years with two touchdowns in one season.

Senior WR Parris Campbell (6-1/208)

Campbell, from Akron and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, has caught the fourth-most passes in school history – 72 – for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns, which rank in the Top 5 in Ohio State single season history. He was named first-team Big Ten by the coaches.

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WASHINGTON HUSKIES | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Chris Petersen

Washington Players to watch:

Senior LB Ben Burr-Kirven (6-0/221)

Photo: The Spokesman-Review

Burr-Kirven, a senior linebacker from Menlo Park, Calif., was named the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year last week and also was the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football, making him the first man ever to win those two awards. He was also one of four finalist for the Lott Impact trophy.

**Sophomore CB Bryon Murphy (5-11/184)

Murphy, a sophomore cornerback from Scottsdale, Ariz., was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus. A first-team All-Pac-12 pick, he was also the MVP of the Pac-12 Championship Game. Murphy leads the Huskies with is four interceptions.

*Junior S Taylor Rapp (6-0/207)

Rapp, a junior safety from Bellingham, Wash., earned first-team All-Pac-12 for the second straight season in 2018. He’s also a two-time, first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection and was the Pac-12’s Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2016. He leads the 2018 Huskies in both tackles for loss and sacks.

**Sophomore RB Salvon Ahmed (5-11/191)

After this game, and Myles Gaskin moves on to the NFL, Salvon will be Washington’s next star running back. Salvon, like Gaskin, is really, really fast, running in the 4.3-4.4 range. He has overwhelming quickness and explosion in and out of breaks, and is capable of taking it to the house every time he touches the ball.

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Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Ohio State 28, Washington 23
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California

Fiesta Bowl – Jan 1, 2019: UCF vs LSU

#8 Central Florida Knights (13-0) vs #11 Louisiana State Tigers (9-3)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS | AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Coach: Josh Heupel

UCF Players to watch:

*Junior LB Nate Evans (6-1/241)

Photo: Twitter/Nate Evans@OHthats_nate

Evans was named first team all-conference. He played in 12 games, starting nine. He was second on the team with 90 total tackles and recorded 2.5 sacks. Evans scored his first collegiate points on a 94-yard fumble recovery at ECU on Oct 20.  

*Junior CB Nevelle Clarke (6-1/185)

Clarke broke up a total of 12 passes, grabbed two interceptions; recorded a career-high 40 total tackles, 33 solo, and four for a loss of 18 yards on the season. 

**Sophomore FS Richie Grant (6-0186)

Grant led team in solo tackles with 64, 102 tackles, and six interceptions. He was named first team All-AAC and joined the Knights’ all-time list in most forced fumbles in a season with three, tied for eighth all-time.

*Junior OC Jordan Johnson (6-2/320)

Johnson started 12 games at center, earning first team all-conference honors. helping the Knights break the single-season rushing record.

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LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Ed Orgeron

LSU Players to watch:

*Junior LB Devin White (6-1/260)

Photo: Harris Highlights

Linebacker Devin White has been named the winner of the Charles McClendon Award, which is presented annually to the most valuable player on the LSU football team.

White, who was the winner of the 2018 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, led the Tigers with 115 tackles and 10.0 tackles for loss in helping LSU to a 9-3 overall mark and a berth in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on January 1 against UCF. White was a consensus All-America as well as being a first team All-SEC selection. White ran a 10.68 as a junior and before his senior year at the Nike Opening he ran a 4.49 at 6’1 255lbs, had a 39 inch vertical, and tossed the power ball 44 ft.

**Sophomore FS Grant Delpit (6-3/201)

Delpit was an unanimous All-America, becoming just the ninth player in LSU history to earn that distinction. He racked up 45 solo tackles with 28 assists, 5 interceptions and 5 sacks.

Senior QB Joe Burrow (6-3/215)

Burrow, a grad transfer from Ohio State, became the first player in LSU history to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for 350 yards in a season as he completed 198-of-345 passes for 2,500 yards and 12 TDs. He has one more year of eligibility remaining is he’d choose to return to Baton Rouge.

Senior RB Nick Brossette (6-0/2018)

Brossette is a talented local product who has shown the ability to bulldoze over would-be tacklers but also has the shiftiness to cut runs outside. He led the Tigers with 922 rushing yards and his 14 TDs ranked second in the league. 

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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
LSU 40, UCF 32
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Glendale, Arizona