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Ralph D. Russo | The Associated Press | December 12, 2017

No. 2 Oklahoma leads with three 1st-team AP All-Americans

Baker Mayfield, Orlando Brown and Mark Andrews of Oklahoma were selected to the AP All-America team.

No. 2 Oklahoma will bring three All-Americans to the College Football Playoff.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews of Oklahoma were selected to the Associated Press All-America team, giving the Sooners more players on the first team than any school. The All-America team, which dates to 1925 and was selected this season by a panel of 17 Top 25 voters, was released Monday.

Four of the top five vote-getters for the Heisman Trophy made the first team, including the runaway winner Mayfield. Stanford's Bryce Love, the Heisman runner-up, and San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, the nation's leading rusher and fifth-place finisher for the Heisman, were the first-team running backs. Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, made the team as an all-purpose player.

Louisville's Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman winner and All-America quarterback, was selected to the second team.


The other three playoff teams each have one player on the first team, all on the defensive side. No. 3 Georgia, which faces Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl semifinal on Jan. 1, is represented by linebacker Roquan Smith. No. 1 Clemson placed defensive end Clelin Ferrell on the first team. Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is the only player to make first-team All-America for the second straight season. The Tigers face the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl semifinal on Jan. 1.

Notre Dame (offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson), Ohio State (center Billy Price and cornerback Denzel Ward), Iowa (linebacker Josey Jewell and cornerback Josh Jackson) and Texas (safety DeShon Elliott and punter Michael Dickson) each have two players on the first team.

Clemson had the most players selected to all three teams with six. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, linebacker Dorian O'Daniel and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt made the second team. Defensive end Austin Bryant and guard Tyrone Crowder were third-team picks.

Wisconsin placed five players on the three teams, led by linebacker T.J. Edwards on the first team. Running back Jonathan Taylor and tight Troy Fumagalli made the second team and offensive linemen David Edwards and Beau Benzschawel made the third team.

Oklahoma had four picks overall with linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo making the second team.


Four of the five All-America offensive linemen made either second- or third-team last year. Brown and Price moved up from second to first. McGlinchey and Nelson went from third to first.

Mayfield also jumped from third team to first team. He was selected to the second team in 2015.

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Dickson and Barkley also made the third team last year and moved up to first this season, though Barkley was a third-team running back last year.


Jackson was not the only 2016 All-American to slide this season. Washington State guard Cody O'Connell went from first team to second team. Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky went from first to third.


First-team All-Americans by conference:

Big Ten — 7

Big 12 — 6

Pac-12 — 3

SEC — 3

ACC — 2

Independent — 2

American — 1

Mountain West — 1

All-Americans, all three teams, by conference:

SEC — 15

ACC — 14

Big Ten — 13

Big 12 — 12

Pac-12 — 11

Mountain West — 3

American — 2

C-USA — 2

Independent — 2

MAC — 1



Position Name Class School
Quarterback Baker Mayfield Senior Oklahoma
Running back Bryce Love Junior Stanford
  Rashaad Penny Senior San Diego State
Tackles Orlando Brown Junior Oklahoma
  Mike McGlinchey Senior Notre Dame
Center Billy Price Senior Ohio State
Tight end  Mark Andrews Junior Oklahoma
Receivers James Washington Senior Oklahoma State
  Anthony Miller  Senior Memphis
All-purpose player Saquon Barkley Junior Penn State
Kicker Matt Gay Junior Utah


Position  Name  Class School
Ends Bradley Chubb Senior North Carolina State
  Clelin Ferrell Sophomore Clemson
Tackles Hercules Mata'afa Junior Washington State
  Maurice Hurst Senior Michigan
Linebackers Roquan Smith Junior  Georgia
  Josey Jewell Senior Iowa
  T.J. Edwards Junior Wisconsin
Cornerbacks Josh Jackson Junior Iowa
  Denzel Ward Junior Ohio State
Safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick Junior Alabama
  DeShon Elliott Junior Texas
Punter Michael Dickson Junior Texas



Position Name Class School
Quarterback Lamar Jackson Junior Louisville
Running backs Jonathan Taylor Freshman Wisconsin
  Kerryon Johnson Junior Auburn
Tackles Miych Hyatt Junior Clemson
  Isaiah Wynn Senior Georgia
Guards Cody O'Connell Senior Washington State
  Will Hernandez Senior UTEP
Center Bradley Bozeman Senior Alabama
Tight end Troy Fumagalli Senior Wisconsin
Receivers David Sills V Junior West Virginia
  Michael Gallup Senior Colorado State
All-purpose player Dante Pettis  Senior Washington
Kicker Daniel Carlson Senior Auburn


Position Name Class School
Ends  Sutton Smith Sophomore Northern Illinois
  Nick Bosa Sophomore Ohio State
Tackles  Ed Oliver Sophomore  Houston
  Christian Wilkins Junior Clemson
Linebackers Malik Jefferson Junior Texas
  Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Senior Oklahoma
  Dorian O'Daniel Senior Clemson
Cornerbacks Jalen Davis Senior Utah State
  Carlton Davis  Junior  Auburn
Safeties Derwin James Junior Florida State
Punter  Johnny Townsend Senior Florida



Position Name Class School
Quarterback Mason Rudolph Senior Oklahoma State
Running backs Ronald Jones II Junior  Southern California
  Devin Singletary Sophomore Florida Atlantic
Tackles David Edwards  Sophomore Wisconsin
  Jonah Williams Sophomore Alabama
Guards Beau Benzschawel Junior Wisconsin
  Tyrone Crowder Senior Clemson
Center Frank Ragnow Senior Arkansas
Tight end Jaylen Samuels Senior North Carolina State
Receivers Steve Ishmael Senior Syracuse
  A.J. Brown Sophomore Mississippi
All-purpose player D.J. Reed  Junior Kansas State
Kicker Eddy Piniero Junior Florida


Position Name Class School
Ends  Austin Bryant Junior Clemson
  Mat Boesen Senior TCU
Tackles Vita Vea Junior Washington
  Harrison Phillips Senior Stanford
Linebackers Micah Kiser Senior Virginia
  Tremaine Edmunds Junior Virginia Tech
  Devin Bush Sophomore Michigan
Cornerbacks Andraez Williams RS Freshman LSU
  Jack Jones Sophomore Southern California
Safeties Armani Watts Senior Texas A&M
  Quin Blanding Senior Virginia
Punter Mitch Wisnowsky Junior Utah

This article was written by Ralph D. Russo from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to


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