Twelve SEC players are members of the 2018 NCAA FBS consensus All-American team after the league had two players on the 2017 team. The 12 selections are the most that the SEC has had on the consensus All-American team.
Five of the SEC’s consensus All-Americans this season played for Alabama, equaling the most produced by one team in one season in conference history. Alabama’s 2018 All-Americans also allowed the Crimson Tide to break the SEC record for consecutive seasons with at least one consensus pick.
The NCAA currently compiles a definitive All-American squad for its annual record book from the choices of five selectors – the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Players become consensus All-Americans by earning first-team recognition from at least three of the selectors. It’s also possible for a player to be a consensus All-American without making three teams if not enough players to fill the consensus team meet that threshold.
Some numbers about the SEC’s consensus All-Americans:
1 All-American team prevented Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy from being a unanimous selection in 2018. The Football Writers Association of American did not included Jeudy on its first team, selecting Andy Isabella of Massachusetts and Antoine Wesley of Texas Tech as its first-team wide receivers. Although Jeudy was a first-team choice of the other four consensus selectors, he didn’t make the FWAA’s second team either, where Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown and Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown were the choices. Three other SEC players were one team away from being unanimous All-Americans for 2018. Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger was not on the AFCA team, and Georgia CB DeAndre Baker and LSU LB Devin White were not on the FWAA team.
2 SEC teams have produced five consensus All-Americans. This season’s Alabama squad joined the 2009 Crimson Tide team with five consensus All-Americans. In 2009, Alabama’s consensus All-Americans were DB Javier Arenas, DL Terrence Cody, RB Mark Ingram, OL Mike Johnson and LB Rolando McClain. In 2018, the Tide’s consensus All-Americans are WR Jerry Jeudy, QB Tua Tagovailoa, S Deionte Thompson, OT Jonah Williams and NT Quinnen Williams. The 2009 team won the BCS national championship. The 2018 team is one of four that could win the CFP national championship.
2 Of the five All-American selectors used in assembling the consensus squad chose Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat as a first-teamer. Among the nation’s defensive linemen, Clemson’s Christian Wilkins and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams were unanimous selections, and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell was a first-teamer for four of the selectors. The fourth consensus All-American spot came down to Sweat and Houston’s Ed Oliver, who was a first-team pick by the FWAA and Walter Camp. Sweat earned first-team recognition from the FWAA and Sporting News. But Oliver was a second-team selection by the AFCA and Sporting News, while Sweat had one second-team selection by the AP.
3 SEC players have been selected as the consensus All-American tight end, with Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger joining the list this season. The SEC’s other consensus All-American tight ends have been Ole Miss’ Rufus French in 1998 and Kentucky’s James Whalen in 1999.
4 SEC players were selected as first-team All-Americans by at least one of the major selectors without earning consensus recognition in 2018 — Alabama C Ross Pierschbacher by The Sporting News, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel (as the all-purpose player) by the AFCA, Kentucky G Bunchy Stallings by the AP and Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat by the FWAA and Sporting News.
4 SEC players were selected as third-team All-Americans by The Associated Press this season. While all of the major selectors have first and second teams, the AP is the only one of the five with a third team. SEC players on the third unit in 2018 are Mississippi State S Jonathan Abram, Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons and Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr.
5 SEC players are unanimous All-Americans for the 2018 season — Kentucky OLB Josh Allen, LSU S Grant Delpit, Texas A&M P Braden Mann, Alabama OT Jonah Williams and Alabama NT Quinnen Williams. Unanimous All-Americans are first-team selections on all five of the teams used by the NCAA to assemble the consensus squad. For the conference’s other consensus All-Americans in 2018, Georgia CB DeAndre Baker, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger and LSU LB Devin White were on four first teams, and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama S Deionte Thompson and LSU CB Greedy Williams were on three first teams.
7 SEC players have been selected as the consensus All-American punter, with Texas A&M’s Braden Mann joining the list this season. The SEC’s other consensus All-American punters have been Vanderbilt’s Jim Arnold in 1982 and Ricky Anderson in 1984, Auburn’s Terry Daniel in 1993, Tennessee’s Dustin Colquitt in 2003, Georgia’s Drew Butler in 2009 and Florida’s Chas Henry in 2010.
7 Alabama players have been consensus All-Americans as wide receivers or ends, depending on the designation for the year, including WR Jerry Jeudy this year. The others on the Crimson Tide list are Don Hutson in 1934, Holt Rast in 1941, Ray Perkins in 1966, Dennis Homan in 1967, Ozzie Newsome in 1977 and Amari Cooper in 2014. Alabama WR David Palmer was a consensus All-American in 1993, but as a kick returner.
8 Consecutive seasons with at least one consensus All-American for Alabama, setting the SEC record. The selection of WR Jerry Jeudy, QB Tua Tagovailoa, S Deionte Thompson, OT Jonah Williams and NT Quinnen Williams as consensus All-Americans for the 2018 season allowed Alabama to surpass the streak achieved by Tennessee from 1965 through 1971. During its eight-year streak, the Crimson Tide has had 27 consensus All-American selections. The others have been S Mark Barron, LB Dont’a Hightower, OT Barrett Jones and RB Trent Richardson in 2011; Jones (as a center), CB Dee Milliner, LB C.J. Mosley and G Chance Warmack in 2012; S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, OT Cyrus Kouandjio and Mosley in 2013; WR Amari Cooper and S Landon Collins in 2014, RB Derrick Henry, C Ryan Kelly, LB Reggie Ragland and DT A’Shawn Robinson in 2015; DE Jonathan Allen, S Minkah Fitzpatrick, LB Reuben Foster and OT Cam Robinson in 2016 and Fitzpatrick in 2017. During its streak, Tennessee had nine consensus All-American selections — LB Frank Emanuel in 1965, LB Paul Naumoff in 1966, C Bob Johnson in 1967, LB Steve Kiner and G Charles Rosenfelder in 1968, G Chip Kell and Kiner in 1969, Kell in 1970 and S Bobby Majors in 1971.
9 Kentucky players have been consensus All-Americans, including OLB Josh Allen this year. The Wildcats’ other consensus All-Americans have been T Bob Gain in 1950, Babe Parilli in 1950 and 1951, T Lou Michaels in 1956 and 1957, T Sam Ball in 1965, DL Art Still in 1977, QB Tim Couch in 1998, TE James Whalen in 1999 and KR Derek Abney in 2002. Allen is Kentucky’s second unanimous All-American, joining Still.
10 SEC players have been selected as the consensus All-American quarterback, with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa joining the list this season. The SEC’s other consensus All-American quarterbacks have been Auburn’s Pat Sullivan in 1971, LSU’s Bert Jones in 1972, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in 1996, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning in 1997, Kentucky’s Tim Couch in 1998, Florida’s Rex Grossman in 2001, Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2008, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010 and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012. Florida QB Steve Spurrier was a consensus All-American in 1966 when the team featured four players designated only as backs (so no quarterbacks or more than one quarterback could be selected). Other consensus All-Americans from the SEC, such as Ole Miss’ Charlie Conerly in 1947, have played the equivalent of the QB position in college but been designated as halfbacks or tailbacks in a single-wing-type offense and were All-American selections as backs.
11 Consensus All-Americans with the position designation of “DB” for defensive back have been produced by LSU, including two this season — S Grant Delpit and CB Greedy Williams. The Tigers’ other consensus All-American DB picks have been Tommy Casanova in 1970 and 1971, LaRon Landry in 2006, Craig Steltz in 2007, Patrick Peterson in 2010, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu in 2011, Eric Reid in 2012 and Tre’Davious White in 2016.
12 SEC players earned consensus All-American recognition for the 2018 season — Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, QB Tua Tagovailoa, S Deionte Thompson, OT Jonah Williams and NT Quinnen Williams; Georgia CB DeAndre Baker, Kentucky OLB Josh Allen, LSU S Grant Delpit, LB Devin White and CB Greedy Williams; and Texas A&M P Braden Mann and TE Jace Sternberger. The SEC’s previous high for consensus All-Americans was 10 in 2009 and 2012.
12 Consensus All-Americans with the position designation of “DL” for defensive lineman have been produced by Alabama, including Quinnen Williams this season. The Crimson Tide’s other consensus All-American DL picks have been Leroy Cook in 1974 and 1975, Marty Lyons in 1978, E.J. Junior in 1980, Mike Pitts in 1982, John Copeland and Eric Curry in 1992, Terrence Cody in 2008 and 2009, A’Shawn Robinson in 2015 and Jonathan Allen in 2016.
12 Of the 2018 consensus All-Americans are from the SEC, more than from any other conference — almost more than the other conferences combined. The ACC had five, Big Ten four, American two and Mid-American and Mountain West had one apiece, as did independent Notre Dame. The previous SEC record for consensus All-Americans in one season is 10 in 2009 and 2012.
12 Consensus All-American selections with the position designation of “DB” for defensive back have been produced by Alabama, including Deionte Thompson this season. The Crimson Tide’s other consensus All-American DB picks have been Bobby Johns in 1967, Tommy Wilcox in 1981, Antonio Langham in 1993, Kevin Jackson in 1996, Javier Arenas in 2009, Mark Barron in 2011, Dee Milliner in 2012, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2013, Landon Collins in 2014 and Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2016 and 2017.
16 Consensus All-Americans with a position designation in the offensive line have been produced by Alabama since the AP first included offensive and defensive teams in its selection in 1965, including OT Jonah Williams this season. Alabama’s other consensus All-American offensive linemen since 1965 have been Paul Crane in 1965, Cecil Dowdy in 1966, John Hannah in 1972, Buddy Brown in 1973, Jim Bunch in 1979, Chris Samuels in 1999, Antoine Caldwell and Andre Smith in 2008, Mike Johnson in 2009, Barrett Jones in 2011, Jones and Chance Warmack in 2012, Cyrus Kouandjio in 2013, Ryan Kelly in 2015 and Cam Robinson in 2016.
16 Consecutive seasons with a consensus All-American defensive back from the SEC, with Alabama S Deionte Thompson, Georgia CB DeAndre Baker and LSU S Grant Delpit and CB Greedy Williams extending the streak this season. In 2002, no SEC defensive back earned a first-team spot on any one of the major All-American teams. The consensus All-American defensive backs in 2002 were Ohio State’s Mike Doss, Kansas State’s Terence Newman, Southern Cal’s Troy Polamalu and Notre Dame’s Shane Walton. Since then, the SEC’s consensus All-American defensive backs have been Florida’s Keiwan Ratliff in 2003, Auburn’s Carlos Rogers and Georgia’s Thomas Davis in 2004, Georgia’s Greg Blue in 2005, Florida’s Reggie Nelson and LSU’s LaRon Landry in 2006, LSU’s Craig Steltz in 2007, Tennessee’s Eric Berry in 2008, Alabama’s Javier Arenas, Florida’s Joe Haden and Berry in 2009; LSU’s Patrick Peterson in 2010, Alabama’s Mark Barron and LSU’s Morris Clairborne and Tyrann Mathieu in 2011, Alabama’s Dee Milliner and LSU’s Eric Reid in 2012, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2013, Alabama’s Landon Collins and Ole Miss’ Senquez Golson in 2014, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III in 2015, Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick and LSU CB Tre’Davious White in 2016 and Fitzpatrick in 2017.
20 SEC players were tabbed as second-team All-Americans by the major selectors in 2018, including Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs by AFCA, LB Dylan Moses by Walter Camp, C Ross Piersbacher by AP, TE Irv Smith Jr. by AFCA, QB Tua Tagovailoa by AP and FWAA, S Deionte Thompson by Walter Camp and FWAA and LB Mack Wilson by AFCA; Florida DE Jachai Polite by AP, Georgia CB DeAndre Baker and OT Andrew Thomas by Walter Camp and AP, Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr. by Walter Camp and AFCA, LSU PK Cole Tracy by Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and AFCA, LB Devin White by FWAA and CB Greedy Williams by AP and Sporting News; Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat by AP, Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown by FWAA and OT Greg Little by Walter Camp, FWAA and Sporting News; South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel by FWAA (as a kick returner) and Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams by AP and Sporting News.
27 SEC players have been consensus All-Americans more than once. Of the SEC’s 2018 consensus All-Americans, 10 have eligibility remaining. The SEC’s multiple consensus All-Americans have been Alabama DE Leroy Cook in 1974-75, DT Terrence Cody in 2008-09, OL Barrett Jones in 2011-12, LB C.J. Mosley in 2012-13 and S Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2016-17; Arkansas OL Shawn Andrews in 2002-03 and RB Darren McFadden in 2006-07, Auburn RB Bo Jackson in 1983 and 1985 and DT Tracy Rocker in 1987-88, Florida LB Wilber Marshall in 1982-83 and LB Brandon Spikes in 2008-09, Georgia HB Frank Sinkwich in 1941-42, RB Herschel Walker in 1980-82, DB Terry Hoage in 1982-83, DE David Pollack in 2002 and 2004 and LB Jarvis Jones in 2011-12; Kentucky QB Babe Parilli in 1950-51 and T Lou Michaels in 1956-57, LSU E Gaynell Tinsley in 1935-36, HB Billy Cannon in 1958-59, DB Tommy Casanova in 1970-71 and RB Charles Alexander in 1977-78; and Tennessee LB Steve Kiner in 1968-69, G Chip Kell in 1969-70, E Larry Seivers in 1975-76, DL John Henderson in 2000-01 and S Eric Berry in 2008-09.
30 Consensus All-American selections from Texas A&M, with P Braden Mann and TE Jace Sternberger earning the honor this season. The Aggies have had eight consensus All-American since they joined the SEC in 2012.
33 Consensus All-American selections from Georgia, including CB DeAndre Baker this year.
34 Consensus All-American selections from LSU, with S Grant Delpit, LB Devin White and CB Greedy Williams earning the honor this season. The Tigers have had two consensus All-Americans in the same season seven times previously. This is the first time LSU has had three.
55 Consecutive seasons with at least one consensus All-American from the SEC. The conference was shut out in 1963. The SEC, which played its first football season in 1933, also didn’t have any consensus All-Americans in 1943 (when only five league members fielded teams because of World War II), 1948, 1949 and 1955.
74 Consensus All-American selections from Alabama, including five this season. Thirty-four of the Crimson Tide’s All-Americans have been unanimous selections.
106 Years since a major-college school produced as many consensus All-American selections in an eight-year period as Alabama has with 27 since 2011. The Crimson Tide had four consensus All-Americans in 2011, four in 2012, three in 2013, two in 2014, four in 2015, four in 2016, one in 2017 and five in 2018. The last major-college program to equal that number was Yale, which had 27 consensus All-Americans from 1905 through 1912.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.