DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2018 Football Writers
Association of America All-America Team was announced Monday,
headlined by eight players from the Southeastern Conference and
six from the Atlantic Coast Conference along with Heisman Trophy-winning
quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma. Nine of the 10 Football Bowl
Subdivision conferences plus two independents are represented on
the first and second teams that also include seven repeat All-Americans.
The exclusive announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer"
on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM.
Alabama, the top-ranked team in the upcoming College Football
Playoff, leads the field with four selections, two on the first team
and two on the second team, while Oklahoma, Clemson and LSU each
placed three on the first- and/or second-teams. Alabama leads four
SEC programs with at least two members on the All-America team with
defensive lineman and Outland Trophy winner Quinnen Williams and
offensive lineman Jonah Williams on the first team to go with quarterback
Tua Tagovailoa and defensive back Deionte Thompson on the second
Oklahoma boasts Murray and offensive lineman Ben Powers on the
first team and wide receiver Marquise Brown on the second, and Clemson
has a pair of two-time All-Americans on the first team in offensive
lineman Mitch Hyatt (2nd team in 2017) and defensive lineman Christian
Wilkins (1st team in 2016), along with running back Travis Etienne
on the second.
The first team includes a mix of nine seniors or graduate students,
10 juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen. The conference breakdown
on the first team is: SEC (8), ACC (6), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (3),
American Athletic (2), Independents (2), Pac-12 (1) and Mountain
West (1). There are four repeat members on the 27-player first team
but overall 47 of the 54 honored players are first-time selections
to the FWAA All-America team. There are seven repeat members on
the full team, and the SEC leads all conferences in members of the
full team with 15, well ahead of the ACC's 10.
Ed Oliver of Houston, now a three-time FWAA All-American (1st
team in 2017 and 2nd team in 2016) on the defensive line, highlights
the first-team defense along with this year's Bronko Nagurski Trophy
winner, Josh Allen of Kentucky, which the FWAA honored last week
as the nation's most outstanding defensive player. LSU placed two
members into the first-team secondary with Grant Delpit and Greedy
Williams, and the Tigers' third All-American is repeat member Devin
White (2nd team in 2017) on the second team. Washington linebacker
Ben Burr-Kirven, the nation's tackles leader, is also on the first-team
defense along with one of the top sack leaders, Montez Sweat of
Mississippi State. Devin Bush of Michigan is the other first-team
linebacker, and Boston College and Notre Dame players complete the
first-team secondary with Hamp Cheevers and Julian Love, respectively.
Two running backs who have topped 1,900 yards this season fill
out the first-team backfield in two-time All-American Jonathan Taylor
of Wisconsin (2nd team in 2017) and Memphis running back Darrell
Henderson. One of the men who helped clear Taylor's path, Wisconsin
offensive lineman Michael Deiter, is also on the first team, as
is center Garrett Bradbury of N.C. State. The nation's two receiving
yardage leaders, Andy Isabella of Massachusetts and Antoine Wesley
of Texas Tech, are on the first team along with tight end target
Jace Sternberger of Texas A&M. The Aggies also placed punter
Braden Mann on the first team.
The first-team specialists include Mann, the nation's punting-average
leader, along with the two freshmen on the first team, Syracuse
kicker Andre Szmyt and Purdue all-purpose player Rondale Moore,
who leads the nation in receptions in addition to being one of the
country's most dangerous return men. Utah State's Savon Scarver
earned the first-team spot as kick returner, and Wake Forest's Greg
Dortch is the first-team punt returner. Also among the specialists
is Matt Gay of Utah, a repeat member who earned second-team mention
this season after first-team accolades in 2017.
Utah is one of 10 schools with at least two members on the full
team and placed linebacker Chase Hansen on the second team. Boston
College also placed a second member among the specialists with Michael
Walker as the second-team punt returner. Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher
gives the Fighting Irish a second-team All-American and Ole Miss
has a pair of second-team members in wide receiver A.J. Brown and
offensive lineman Greg Little. Northern Illinois defensive lineman
Sutton Smith is one of the seven repeat All-Americans as a second-team
defensive lineman (1st team in 2017) and the Mid-American Conference's
lone member on the full team. Smith is tied for the national sack lead
with 15.0 on the season along with Louisiana Tech defensive lineman
Jaylon Ferguson, who is also on the second team and is Conference
USA's lone selection.
FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
||Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
||Darrell Henderson, Memphis
||Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
||Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
||Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
||Las Vegas, Nev.
||Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
||Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
||Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
||Ben Powers, Oklahoma
||Jonah Williams, Alabama
||Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
||Ed Oliver, Houston
||Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
||Stone Mountain, Ga.
||Christian Wilkins, Clemson
||Quinnen Williams, Alabama
||Josh Allen, Kentucky
||Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
||Menlo Park, Calif.
||Devin Bush, Michigan
||Pembroke Pines, Fla.
||Hamp Cheevers, Boston College
||Grant Delpit, LSU
||Julian Love, Notre Dame
||Greedy Williams, LSU
||Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
||Vernon Hills, Ill.
||Braden Mann, Texas A&M
||Savon Scarver, Utah State
||Las Vegas, Nev.
||Greg Dortch, Wake Forest
||Rondale Moore, Purdue
||New Albany, Ind.
FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama; RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona
State; RB Travis Etienne, Clemson; WR A.J. Brown,
Ole Miss; WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma; TE T.J. Hockenson,
Iowa; OL Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia; OL Greg Little,
Ole Miss; OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State; OL Calvin
Throckmorton, Oregon; C Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame.
Defense: DL Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana
Tech; DL Sutton Smith, NIU; DL Kenny Willekes, Michigan
State; DL Gerald Willis, Miami; LB Chase Hansen,
Utah; LB Tre Watson, Maryland; LB Devin White, LSU;
DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford; DB Deandre Baker, Georgia;
DB Bryce Hall, Virginia; DB Deionte Thompson,
Alabama. Specialists: K Matt Gay,
Utah; P James Smith, Cincinnati; KR Deebo Samuel,
South Carolina; PR Michael Walker, Boston College;
AP Pooka Williams, Kansas.
All-Time All-America Teams (since 1944)
The FWAA's All-America Committee selected this 75th annual team
based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the
sixth season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named
a second team. The FWAA also selected an all-purpose player for
a second time, which made for a 54-man full team.
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.
All-Time FWAA All-America Teams (.pdf)
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