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Alabama lands six players on Sporting News All-American team

A third Alabama player has earned consensus All-American status as Sporting News revealed its 2018 All-American team on Tuesday. Six total Crimson Tide players landed on the outlet’s first team, including wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who is now a consensus All-American.

Joining Jeudy on the first team were quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was also named Sporting News’ national player of the year, offensive tackle Jonah Williams, center Ross Pierschbacher, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and safety Deionte Thompson. Jeudy joins both Williams as a consensus first-team All-American. Tagovailoa and Thompson have been named to two teams.

Alabama’s six first-team selections led the team. Clemson had three first-team selections.

Jeudy, who was honored with the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver last week, has earned first-team All-America honors from the AP, Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and The Athletic. The sophomore has caught 59 passes for a team-leading 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His touchdown total ranks No. 2 in school history for a season and the yardage is third in UA single-season history.

Tagovailoa has turned in a record-setting season in his first year as the Tide’s starting quarterback while leading UA to its 27th Southeastern Conference championship and fifth-straight College Football Playoff appearance. His list of honors this season already includes the Maxwell and Walter Camp and Sporting News Player of the Year awards. The sophomore also received SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors and first-team All-America recognition from Walter Camp as well as second-team honors from the FWAA, AP, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated.

Jonah Williams has started all 42 games during his UA career and blocked for 20 100-yard rushing performances over his three standout seasons at the Capstone. He has been recognized as a first-team All-American by the FWAA, AP, Walter Camp, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated so far this season. The junior anchors an Alabama offensive front that has cleared the way for a Tide offense that leads the SEC and is second nationally in scoring at 47.9 points per game. 

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (Photo: Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports)

After making 42 career starts at left guard in his first three years at UA, Pierschbacher transitioned to center and has started all 13 games, captaining an offensive line that is a finalist for the Joe Moore Award for the third time in his career. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native was a Rimington Trophy finalist this season and a first-team All-SEC honoree. The redshirt senior was also named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. 

Quinnen Williams has also earned first-team honors from the FWAA, AP, Walter Camp, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated. The redshirt sophomore took home the Outland Trophy on Dec. 6, in recognition of his breakout season in his first year as a starter. Williams leads all Tide defensive linemen with 66 tackles and paces the team in tackles for loss with 18.0 (-85 yards). The Birmingham, Ala., native has also added 8.0 sacks (-57 yards) and a pass breakup and is second on the team with 11 quarterback hurries. 

Thompson leads all Tide defensive backs and is second on the team in tackles with 71 stops. He has also forced a team-high four fumbles and contributed 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), two interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery this season. The redshirt junior has been named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and received second-team honors from the FWAA and Walter Camp. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the conference coaches and a second-team pick by the Associated Press.

Sporting News is one of five outlets that determine consensus All-Americans, along with the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Walter Camp Football Foundation. If three of the organizations select a player to their first team, he receives the consensus honor. If a player is named by all five, he receives unanimous recognition. 

Alabama players named to 2018 All-America teams:

The Athletic

First team: Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams

Second team: Tua Tagovailoa

Sports Illustrated

First team: Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams, Deionte Thompson

Second Team: Tua Tagovailoa, Ross Pierschbacher

Bleacher Report

First team: Tua Tagovailoa, Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams

* Walter Camp

First team: Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams

Second team: Dylan Moses, Deionte Thompson

ESPN

First team: Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams, Deionte Thompson

* Associated Press

First team: Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams, Deionte Thompson

Second team: Tua Tagovailoa, Ross Pierschbacher 

* FWAA

First team: Jonah Williams, Quinnen Williams

Second team: Tua Tagvailoa, Deionte Thompson

* Sporting News

First team: Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Quinnen Williams, Deionte Thompson

* indicates outlets that determine consensus All-Americans. 

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