DALLAS (FWAA) The 2017 Football Writers
Association of America All-America Team was announced Monday,
headlined by seven first-team players from the Big 12 Conference
and with eight of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences represented.
Oklahoma led the field with three members on the first team,
punctuated by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback.
Tight end Mark Andrews and offensive tackle Orlando Brown, an Outland
Trophy finalist for the best interior lineman in college football,
also represented the Sooners on the first team. Mayfield was the
FWAA's second-team quarterback in 2015 and 16, and moved to the
first team along with 2016 second-teamers Brown, Texas punter Michael
Dickson and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, the Outland Trophy
The Big 12's other selections came from Texas, Oklahoma State
and Iowa State. Two other schools Iowa and Notre Dame had multiple
first-team players. Both of Notre Dame's All-Americans were up front,
with Mike McClinchey and Quenton Nelson earning spots on the offensive
line. Iowa's representation came from the defense, linebacker Josey
Jewell and defensive back Josh Jackson. Besides Dickson, Texas also
included defensive back DeShon Elliott. The first team also featured
Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
winner as the best defensive player in college football.
The first team included a mix of 12 seniors, 11 juniors and four
sophomores. The conference breakdown on the first team was: Big
12 (7), Big Ten (4), ACC (3), Pac-12 (3), American Athletic (2),
Independents (2), Mid-American (2), Mountain West (2) and SEC (2).
There are no repeat members on the 27-player first team, and overall
46 of the 54 honored players are first-time selections.
Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington and Iowa State
linebacker Joel Lanning were also a part of the Big 12's first-team
contingent. Skill-position players Rashaad Penny of San Diego State
(running back) and Michael Gallup of Colorado State (wide receiver)
headlined the two first-team picks from the Mountain West Conference.
The Mid-American Conference produced two first-team picks up front
in Western Michigan offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor and Northern
Illinois defensive lineman Sutton Smith, who was one of four sophomores
on the team joining Houston's Oliver, Florida State defensive back
Derwin James and Memphis kick returner Tony Pollard. Oliver and
Pollard were the two picks from the American Athletic Conference.
The two first-team selections from the Southeastern Conference
came on defense: linebacker Roquan Smith of Georgia and defensive
back Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama. The ACC's third selection to
the first-team, in addition to NC State's Chubb and Florida State's
James, was also on defense in Clemson lineman Austin Bryant. Two
of the Pac-12's three first-team honorees came on special teams
punter Matt Gay of Utah and punt returner Dante Pettis of Washington
and in the backfield with running back Bryce Love of Stanford.
The FWAA's All-America Committee selected this 74th annual team
based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the
fifth season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named
a second team. The FWAA also selected an all-purpose player for
the first time Saquon Barkley of Penn State was the 2017 first-team
member raising the number of first- and second-team players (27
on each) to 54. Barkley was one of four Big Ten players on the first
team, along with Jewell and Jackson from Iowa and Ohio State center
Eight players were repeat members of the All-America team. Joining
Mayfield, Brown, Dickson and Oliver as multi-year selections were
Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser, Louisville
quarterback Lamar Jackson and Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky. Jackson
and Wishnowsky were first-team members in 2016, and Carlson and
Kiser each made the second team for a second straight season. Mayfield
is the only three-time selection on this year's team.
Auburn and Wisconsin both had three second-team selections and
Clemson, Stanford and Virginia had two each.
FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
||Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
||Bryce Love, Stanford
||Wake Forest, N.C.
||Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
||Michael Gallup, Colorado State
||James Washington, Oklahoma
||Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
||Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
||Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
||Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
||Chukwuma Okorafor, Western
||Billy Price, Ohio State
||Austin Bryant, Clemson
||Bradley Chubb, NC State
||Ed Oliver, Houston
||Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois
||Saint Charles, Mo.
||Josey Jewell, Iowa
||Joel Lanning, Iowa State
||Roquan Smith, Georgia
||DeShon Elliott, Texas
||Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
||Old Bridge, N.J.
||Josh Jackson, Iowa
||Derwin James, Florida State
||Haines City, Fla.
||Matt Gay, Utah
||Michael Dickson, Texas
||Tony Pollard, Memphis
||Dante Pettis, Washington
||San Clemente, Calif.
||Saquon Barkley, Penn State
FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville; RB Kerryon
Johnson, Auburn; RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin;
WR Steve Ishmael, Syracuse; WR Anthony Miller, Memphis;
TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin; OL Bradley Bozeman,
Alabama; OL David Edwards, Wisconsin; OL Mitch Hyatt,
Clemson; OL Frank Ragnow, Arkansas; OL Braden Smith,
Auburn. Defense: DL Clelin Ferrell,
Clemson; DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan; DL Hercules
Mataafa, Washington State; DL Harrison Phillips,
Stanford; LB Micah Kiser, Virginia; LB Ogbonnia
Okoronkwo, Oklahoma; LB Devin White, LSU; DB Quin
Blanding, Virginia; DB Jalen Davis, Utah State;
DB Justin Reid, Stanford; DB Denzel Ward, Ohio State.
Specialists: K Daniel Carlson,
Auburn; P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah; KR Mike Hughes,
UCF; PR D.J. Reed, Kansas State; AP Marcus Green,
All-Time All-America Teams (since 1944)
Since 1945, the FWAA All-America Team has been among the five
teams used to formulate the NCAA's annual consensus All-America
team, which will be announced later this week. Since the 2002 season,
the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated
Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation
have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.
The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years
after the organization was formed. The FWAA's inaugural team included
Army's Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and
Georgia Tech's Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas' head football
coach and athletic director.
Over the years, the FWAA team has highlighted all the game's
great players in several media forums. From 1946-70, LOOK magazine
published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers
to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period,
the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by such
noted hosts as Bob Hope, Steve Allen and Perry Como.
After LOOK folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA
Films (later known as NCAA Productions), which produced a 30-minute
television program. The team was part of ABC-TV's 1981 College Football
Series. From 1983-90, the team was introduced on either ABC or ESPN.
In 2002 and 03, the All-America team was honored with a banquet
at the Citrus Bowl.
The same bowl also was a sponsor when the team was featured on
ABC and ESPN from different locations on Disney properties from
2004-07. From 2008-10, the team had been the subject of a one-hour
For seven decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with
the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents
all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the
FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman)
and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).
Some of the true greats of the writing profession have helped
to select this team over the years: Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane,
Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin
Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman and the list goes on and
on. The FWAA All-America team is steeped in tradition and history
and is selected by a writers' group with those same attributes.
The Football Writers Association of America,
a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than
1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes
journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives
in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern
areas that include game day operations, major awards and its annual
All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award
programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-870-6516.
FWAA All-America Teams (.pdf)
|2017 FWAA ALL-AMERICA
|Bobby La Gesse
||Land of 10
||Phil Steele Publications