|DALLAS (FWAA) The
Football Writers Association of America, in partnership
with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, is proud
to announce its 2019 All-America Team, headlined
by 12 players from the Big Ten Conference nine of them on the
first team and 11 from the Southeastern Conference that includes
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow of LSU.
standout players were selected to two teams by the association's
All-America committee after voting from the entire membership. Since
2013, the FWAA has named a second team. Overall, there are 35 schools
represented from eight Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, including
14 players who are competing in the College Football Playoff and
three repeat selections.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is presenting the All-America Team
as part of what has been a season-long campaign to promote the 75-year
history of this prestigious honor. Each All-American will
receive a commemorative football and the first-team selections will
be presented with a custom All-America watch.
"We are honored to partner with the FWAA to recognize the very
best athletes at their respective positions in our game," said Rick
Baker, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic President/CEO. "These young
men join a remarkable fraternity of college football greats before
them, and now their names and accomplishments will forever be marked
Since 1945, the FWAA team has been among the five used in the
NCAA's selection of an annual consensus All-America team in college
football. 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 top two teams in the College Football Playoff Ohio State
(5) and LSU (4) lead all programs on the combined first and second
teams. The Buckeyes tied for the national-high with three first-team
members led by the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award winner,
defensive end Chase Young, along with defensive back Jeff Okudah and running back
J.K. Dobbins, who was selected as an all-purpose player. Quarterback
Justin Fields and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis are on the second
team. LSU's Burrow, who set multiple SEC passing records and is
on pace to break more, is the first-team quarterback along with
his main target, Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver Ja'Marr
Chase. Burrow also won the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Walter Camp
Awards, and joins offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry III and defensive
back Derek Stingley Jr., who are second-team members.
Stingley is one of three freshmen on the team as part of 34 underclassmen.
There are 19 seniors and 19 juniors on the roster along with one
graduate student. Earning their second All-America honors from the
FWAA are running backs Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin (first team
in 2018 as well) and Travis Etienne of Clemson (second team both
seasons) and offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon (second
team both seasons). The conference breakdown is: Big Ten (12), SEC
(11), Big 12 and Pac-12 (9), ACC (8), Conference USA (2), Mountain
West (2) and American Athletic (1). There are 11 players from Texas
seven on the first team and five each from Florida and Louisiana.
It has been a big year for the Big Ten and its nine first-team
members. Wisconsin ties Ohio State for the most first-teamers with
three, highlighted by Taylor, the school's career rushing record-holder
and two-time Doak Walker Award winner, center Tyler Biadasz, the
Rimington Trophy winner, and linebacker Zach Baun, one of the national
leaders in tackles for loss. Wisconsin closes the decade having
had an All-American in nine of 10 seasons, a string that began with
offensive tackle Gabe Carimi winning the Outland Trophy in 2010.
Ohio State's five players are the most it has ever placed on an
FWAA All-America team and the Buckeyes placed three on the first
team for the first time since 2002. Their first-team trio ties four
other seasons behind only the 1944 team's four members for the most
first-teamers in school history. Ohio State has had at least one
FWAA All-America player in six of the last seven seasons.
Minnesota's Winfield Jr. is the Gophers' first All-American since
2014 and only their second since two-time All-America center Greg
Eslinger won the Outland Trophy in 2005. He is Minnesota's first
All-America defensive back since 1999. Iowa offensive lineman Tristan
Wirfs and kicker Keith Duncan give the Hawkeyes All-Americans in
seven consecutive seasons and marks the second time in three seasons
for them to have two first-teamers. Penn State, which takes on Memphis
in this year's Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at Noon ET on Dec. 28
on ESPN, completes the Big Ten field with linebacker Micah Parsons
on the second team.
LSU's four All-Americans mark its highest total ever and, with
Burrow and Chase on the first team, this is the 10th time for the
Tigers to have at least two first-teamers in a season. LSU has had
at least one All-American in three of the last four seasons. Georgia,
with J.R. Reed in the secondary and Outland Trophy semifinalist
Andrew Thomas on the offensive line, placed two on the first team
for only the third time in its history and has now had an All-American
in three straight seasons.
Kentucky, with Ray Guy Award winner Max Duffy on the first team,
now has back-to-back first-teamers for the first time since 1949-50.
Linebacker Josh Allen was the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner
and Bob Gain was a two-time All-America offensive tackle selection
(1949-50) and the 1950 Outland Trophy winner. The Wildcats also
have offensive lineman Logan Stenberg on the second team. Alabama
punt returner Jaylen Waddle earned the Crimson Tide a first-team
selection for a 12th consecutive season. Auburn's Derrick Brown
is the Tigers' first first-team selection since 2016 and Florida
defensive back C.J. Henderson is Florida's first All-American since
The Big 12 tied the Pac-12 with nine selections but has the best
distribution among all the conferences, as seven of its 10 schools
are represented on the combined team. Oklahoma extended its All-America
streak to six years and has had at least one first-teamer (wide
receiver CeeDee Lamb this season) in four consecutive years. Sophomore
center Creed Humphrey is on the second team. Oklahoma State
running back Chuba
Hubbard gives the Cowboys an eighth first-teamer this decade and
10th in the last 12 seasons. Baylor and TCU have their first All-Americans since
2015; Baylor's James Lynch is the Bears' third defensive All-America
player since 1991, and this is only the third time (2015, 1955)
for TCU to have two All-Americans (Jeff Gladney and Jalen Reagor)
in the same season.
Utah defensive linemen Bradlee Anae marks the third time in the
last four seasons that the Utes have had a defensive player on the
first team and four of the last six, and also has defensive lineman
Leki Fotu on the second team. Prior to 2014, Utah had only two All-Americans
on defense. The Utes have had an All-American in five consecutive
seasons with a Pac-12-high three this season with running back Zack
Moss on the second unit. Oregon ends the decade with two All-America
picks from its offensive line, Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell
and two-time selection Throckmorton. Evan Weaver is Cal's first
All-American since 2006 and the Bears' fourth since 2000.
Clemson now has a first-team selection in five straight seasons
with offensive lineman John Simpson and Butkus Award winner Isaiah Simmons making
this year's top unit; it's the ninth time this decade for the Tigers
to have an All-American and the fifth time for the Tigers to have
two first-team selections. Virginia kick returner Joe Reed is the
Cavaliers' first first-team selection since 2007 but the program's
third straight All-America pick after only having two this century
prior to 2016.
Tight end Harrison Bryant earned Florida Atlantic's first All-America
selection and the John Mackey Award winner is Conference USA's sixth
this decade. Louisiana Tech didn't have its first All-America selection
until 1992 but now has two in successive seasons as defensive back
Amik Roberston becomes the Bulldogs' fifth All-American.
Among the other second team members, James Proche reset SMU's
career receiving record books this season and becomes the Mustangs'
first All-American since running back Reggie Dupard in 1985. Boise
State defensive lineman Curtis Weaver becomes the Broncos' fourth
All-American and first since 2015. San Diego State earned its fourth
All-America nod this century and seventh overall as Luq Barcoo becomes
the Aztecs' first defensive player to be so honored.
Kansas State has had only 14 All-Americans but has a current
string of three in a row. Three of the last four have been return
specialists, including Joshua Youngblood this season. Iowa State
tight end Charlie Kolar is the Cyclones' second All-American in
the past three seasons and is Iowa State's seventh all-time honoree.
Texas Tech has had an All-American in consecutive seasons for a
fifth time now with linebacker Jordyn Brooks.
Pitt defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman is the Panthers' first defensive
All-American since Aaron Donald won the Outland Trophy and Bronko
Nagurski Trophy in 2013. Miami's Greg Rousseau is the Hurricanes'
second All-American since 2005. Wake Forest has back-to-back All-America
selections for the first time as kicker Nick Sciba earned this year's
nod, and punt returner Greg Dortsch earned it in 2018. Syracuse
has had an All-American in three consecutive seasons thanks to its
special teams; it has punter Sterling Hofrichter this year after
placing kicker Andre Szmyt on the 2018 first team.
Michael Pittman Jr. is USC's first All-American since a three-year
run from 2014-16 and only the Trojans' fourth choice this decade.
Hamilcar Rashed is Oregon State's sixth All-American and first since
2013. Brandon Aiyuk gives Arizona State an All-America selection
in three of the last four seasons. Prior to that string, no Sun
Devil had earned the honor since defensive end Terrell Suggs won
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 2002.
FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
||Joe Burrow, LSU
||Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
||Sherwood Park, Alberta
||Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
||JaMarr Chase, LSU
||CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
||Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
||Penei Sewell, Oregon
||Malaeimi, American Samoa
||John Simpson, Clemson
||North Charleston, S.C.
||Andrew Thomas, Georgia
||Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
||Mount Vernon, Iowa
||Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
||Bradlee Anae, Utah
||Derrick Brown, Auburn
||Sugar Hill, Ga.
||James Lynch, Baylor
||Round Rock, Texas
||Chase Young, Ohio State
||Upper Marlboro, Md.
||Zack Baun, Wisconsin
||Brown Deer, Wis.
||Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
||Evan Weaver, California
||Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
||Grand Prairie, Texas
||J.R. Reed, Georgia
||Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
||Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
||The Woodlands, Texas
||Keith Duncan, Iowa
||Max Duffy, Kentucky
||Joe Reed, Virginia
||Charlotte Court House, Va.
||Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
||J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
||La Grange, Texas
FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
QB Justin Fields, Ohio State; RB Travis Etienne,
Clemson; RB Zack Moss, Utah; WR Michael Pittman
Jr., USC; WR James Proche, SMU; TE Charlie Kolar,
Iowa State; OL Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU; OL Wyatt
Davis, Ohio State; OL Logan Stenberg, Kentucky;
OL Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon; C Creed Humphrey,
Oklahoma. Defense: DL Leki Fotu,
Utah; DL Greg Rousseau, Miami; DL Jaylen Twyman,
Pitt; DL Curtis Weaver, Boise State; LB Jordyn Brooks,
Texas Tech; LB Micah Parsons, Penn State; LB Hamilcar
Rashed, Oregon State; DB Luq Barcoo, San Diego State;
DB Jeff Gladney, TCU; DB C.J. Henderson, Florida;
DB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU. Specialists:
K Nick Sciba, Wake Forest; P Sterling Hofrichter,
Syracuse; KR Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State; PR
Jalen Reagor TCU; AP Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State.
All-Time All-America Teams (since 1944)
The FWAA's All-America Committee selected this 76th annual team
based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the
seventh 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 third time, which made for a 54-man full team.
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.
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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 email@example.com or call 214-870-6516.
2019 FWAA All-America Committee: Kirk Bohls,
Austin American-Statesman; Ken Capps, TexasFootball.com; Scott Dochterman,
The Athletic; Scott Farrell, collegepressbox.com; Bryan Fischer,
NBC Sports; Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman; Clay
Henry, Hawgs Illustrated; Adam Hunsucker, Monroe News-Star; Doug
Lesmerises, Cleveland.com; Nate Mink, Syracuse Post-Standard; Dylan
Montz, Ames Tribune; Tony Siracusa, Last Word on College Football;
Phil Steele, Phil Steele Publications; Chris Vannini, The Athletic;
John Wagner, Freelance.
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