Jackson and Allen Headline 2016 FBS All-America Teams

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen headline the 2016 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner, finished the regular season holding ACC and school records with 51 touchdowns responsible for (30 passing, 21 rushing), rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,538, and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 21. Allen, who won the Bednarik, Nagurski and Hendricks awards, leads Alabama in quarterback hurries (15) and shares the team lead in sacks (8.5) to go along with 13.0 tackles for loss. He has also returned a team-leading two fumble recoveries for 105 combined yards and two touchdowns.

2016 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team - First Team

Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Dede Westbrook 6-0 176 R-Sr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Cameron, Texas (Yoe)
WR Corey Davis 6-3 213 Sr. Western Michigan P.J. Fleck Wheaton, Ill. (Warrenville South)
TE Jake Butt 6-6 250 Sr. Michigan Jim Harbaugh Pickerington, Ohio (North)
OL Cam Robinson 6-6 310 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Monroe, La. (West Monroe)
OL Billy Price 6-4 315 Jr. Ohio State Urban Meyer Austintown, Ohio (Fitch)
C Pat Elflein 6-3 300 Sr. Ohio State Urban Meyer Pickerington, Ohio (North)
OL Dorian Johnson 6-5 315 Sr. Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Belle Vernon, Pa. (Area)
OL Cody O’Connell 6-8 354 R-Jr. Washington State Mike Leach Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee)
QB Lamar Jackson 6-3 205 So. Louisville Bobby Petrino Pompano Beach, Fla. (Boynton Beach)
RB Dalvin Cook 5-11 213 Jr. Florida State Jimbo Fisher Miami, Fla. (Central)
RB D’Onta Foreman 6-1 249 Jr. Texas Charlie Strong Texas City, Texas (Texas City)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Jonathan Allen 6-3 291 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Leesburg, Va. (Stone Bridge)
DL Myles Garrett 6-5 270 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Arlington, Texas (Martin)
DL Christian Wilkins 6-4 310 So. Clemson Dabo Swinney Springfield, Mass. (Suffield (Conn.) Academy)
DL DeMarcus Walker 6-4 280 Sr. Florida State Jimbo Fisher Jacksonville, Fla. (Sandalwood)
LB Reuben Foster 6-1 228 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)
LB Jabrill Peppers 6-1 205 Jr. Michigan Jim Harbaugh East Orange, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)
LB Zach Cunningham 6-4 230 R-Jr. Vanderbilt Derek Mason Pinson, Ala. (Valley)
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick 6-1 203 So. Alabama Nick Saban Old Bridge, N.J. (St. Peter’s Prep)
DB Jourdan Lewis 5-11 186 Sr. Michigan Jim Harbaugh Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)
DB Tre’Davious White 6-0 197 Sr. LSU Ed Orgeron Shreveport, La. (Green Oaks)
DB Malik Hooker 6-2 205 So. Ohio State Urban Meyer New Castle, Pa. (New Castle)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Mitch Wishnowsky 6-2 220 So. Utah Kyle Whittingham Gosnells, Western Australia (Lumen Christi)
PK Zane Gonzalez 6-1 195 Sr. Arizona State Todd Graham Deer Park, Texas (Deer Park)
AP Adoree’ Jackson 5-11 185 Jr. USC Clay Helton Belleville, Ill. (Serra)


2016 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team - Second Team

Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Isaiah Jones 6-1 197 Sr. East Carolina Scottie Montgomery Austin, Texas (Stephen F. Austin)
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster 6-2 220 Jr. USC Clay Helton Long Beach, Calif. (Poly)
TE Jordan Leggett 6-5 260 Sr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Navarre, Fla. (Navarre)
OL Kyle Kalis 6-5 305 Sr. Michigan Jim Harbaugh Lakewood, Ohio (Saint Edward)
OL Roderick Johnson 6-7 311 Jr. Florida State Jimbo Fisher Florissant, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)
C Ethan Pocic 6-7 302 Sr. LSU Ed Orgeron Lemont, Ill. (Lemont)
OL Dan Skipper 6-10 319 Sr. Arkansas Bret Bielema Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley)
OL Taylor Moton 6-5 328 R-Sr. Western Michigan P.J. Fleck Okemos, Mich. (Okemos)
QB *Deshaun Watson 6-3 215 Jr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Gainesville, Georgia (Gainesville)
RB Donnel Pumphrey 5-9 180 Sr. San Diego State Rocky Long Las Vegas, Nev. (Canyon Springs)
RB *Christian McCaffrey 6-0 200 Jr. Stanford David Shaw Castle Rock, Colo. (Valor Christian)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Derek Barnett 6-3 265 Jr. Tennessee Butch Jones Nashville, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
DL Montravius Adams 6-4 309 Sr. Auburn Gus Malzahn Vienna, Ga. (Dooly County)
DL Ed Oliver 6-2 290 Fr. Houston Tom Herman Houston, Texas (Westfield)
DL Ejuan Price 6-0 255 R-Sr. Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Rankin, Pa. (Woodland Hills)
LB Raekwon McMillan 6-2 243 Jr. Ohio State Urban Meyer Hinesville, Ga. (Liberty County)
LB Ben Boulware 6-0 235 Sr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna)
LB Kendell Beckwith 6-3 247 Sr. LSU Ed Orgeron Clinton, La. (East Feliciana)
DB Jalen Tabor 6-0 201 Jr. Florida Jim McElwain Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Acad.)
DB Budda Baker 5-10 192 Jr. Washington Chris Petersen Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
DB Tarvarus McFadden 6-2 198 So. Florida State Jimbo Fisher Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage)
DB Jamal Adams 6-1 213 Jr. LSU Ed Orgeron Lewisville, Texas (Hebron)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P JK Scott 6-6 202 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Denver, Colo. (Mullen)
PK Daniel Carlson 6-4 218 Jr. Auburn Gus Malzahn Colorado Springs, Colo. (Classical Academy)
AP Quadree Henderson 5-8 190 So. Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Wilmington, Del. (Alexis I. du Pont)

*–2015 AFCA All-American

Team Background: The teams now chosen for each of the AFCA’s five divisions evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. The AFCA started selecting an NAIA All-America Team in 2006.

Top Team: With their five selections in 2016, Alabama has had the most players named to the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team. The Crimson Tide have been represented 68 times by 66 players on the AFCA team. They are followed by Ohio State (64/49); Oklahoma (63/54); Notre Dame (59/52); Michigan (58/52); USC (58/51); Nebraska (51/46); Texas (49/43); Florida State (40/36); UCLA (36/34); LSU (35/31); Georgia (35/29); Tennessee (32/30) and Auburn (30/29).

Top Conference: The Big 12 and The Southeastern Conference boasts the most AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team representatives among current conference members with 289. 273. Following the SEC are the Big 12 (275), Big Ten (272), the Pac-12 (205), Atlantic Coast (197), American Athletic (71), Mountain West (56), Conference USA (51), Sun Belt (40) and Mid-American (32) (Totals include school All-America selections in all divisions).

The 2016 conference-by-conference breakdown: SEC: 16; ACC: 12; Big Ten: 8; Pac-12: 7; AAC: 2; Big 12: 2; MAC: 2; MWC: 1.

Repeat After Me: Ohio State has the most players who have been repeat selections (15 players). The Buckeyes are followed by Oklahoma (9); Notre Dame (7); USC (7); Texas (6); Michigan (6); Arkansas (5); Georgia (5); Nebraska (5); Florida State (4); LSU (4) and Stanford (4).

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey earned AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America honors for a second consecutive season in 2016.

Three-Timer: Georgia’s Herschel Walker is the only three-time AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American (1980-81-82) in the 72-year history of the team.

Four For Four: No player has earned AFCA FBS All-America honors four times, however Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) running back Johnny Bailey did earn Coaches’ All-America honors four straight years (1986-87-88-89) in AFCA College Division I (now AFCA Division II).

Double Duos: Teammates have earned back-to-back Coaches’ All-America honors in the same season seven times. USC’s Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush (2004 and 2005) join Army’s Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard (1945 and 1946); Notre Dame’s George Connor and Johnny Lujack (1946 and 1947); Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and George Webster (1966 and 1967); Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon (1969 and 1970); Notre Dame’s Ken MacAfee and Ross Browner (1976 and 1977) and Colorado’s Joe Garten and Alfred Will­iams (1989 and 1990).

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

One Player, Two Positions: Baker’s (NAIA) Clarence Clark has become the first player in AFCA All-America Team history to repeat as an AFCA All-American at two different positions. He was named to the 2015 squad as a receiver, then earned 2016 honors as a place-kicker.

Consecutive Years: Notre Dame holds the record for consecutive years with at least one player on the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team at 19 seasons (1963-1981). Neb­raska had at least one player 12 straight seasons (1978-1989), which places the Cornhuskers second. Michigan (1969-1979), Oklahoma (1971-1981), USC (1972-82) and Miami (Fla.) (1984-1994) are next with 11 straight seasons. Pitts­burgh placed one player on the AFCA team for 10 straight seasons from 1975-1984. Florida State has the longest current active streak at seven years (2010-16).

It’s Been A While: Defensive lineman Ed Oliver earned AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team honors for Houston for the first time since 1988 when Jason Phillips was named as a wide receiver.

Super Six: Oklahoma’s six selections (Jammal Brown, OL; Jason White, QB; Tommie Harris, DL; Teddy Lehman, LB, Derrick Strait, DB; Antonio Perkins, RS) in 2003 are the most players from one school on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

Fantastic Five: Alabama equaled their five selections of 2011 with five more in 2016. Cam Robinson (OL), Janathan Allen (DL), Reuben Foster (LB), Minkah Fitzpatrick (DB) and JK Scott (P) join the 2011 selections of Barrett Jones (OL), Trent Richardson (RB), Dont’a Hightower (LB), Mark Barron (DB) DeQuan Menzie (DB) for the second most players from one school on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

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