The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemsonhas three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahomahas two All-Americans — including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray — and No. 3 Notre Damehad one.
The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day. The winners meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The playoff teams combined for 17 overall selections on the teams chosen by a panel of AP poll voters and released Monday.
The Tide placed two players on each side of the ball, with Outland Trophy winner Quinnen Williams highlighting the defense. Receiver Jerry Jeudy, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and safety Deionte Thompson also made the first team while Tua Tagovailoa was the second-team quarterback.
Tagovailoa finished second behind Murray in the Heisman voting on Saturday. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins was the third-team quarterback after finishing third in the Heisman voting.
Clemson, Oklahoma and LSU each had four players on the three teams, trailing only Alabama. Notre Dame, Kentucky, Iowa, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Washington and Wisconsin each had three overall selections.
Quarterback: Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Tackles: Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Center:Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end:Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receivers: Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player:Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue
Kicker:Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse
Ends: Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois
Tackles: Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson
Cornerbacks:Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame
Safeties:Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama
Punter:Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M
Quarterback: Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama
Center: Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama
Tight end: T.J. Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa
All-purpose player:Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest
Kicker:Cole Tracy, senior, LSU
Punter:Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah
Quarterbacks:Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State
Center:Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State
Tight end: Noah Fant, junior, Iowa
All-purpose player:J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona
Kicker:Matt Gay, senior, Utah
Punter:James Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati
By school (first-team selections and overall)
Texas A&M: 2-3
Northern Illinois: 1-1
North Carolina State: 1-2
Notre Dame: 1-3
Big Ten: 3
Big 12: 2
Selection panel: Rob Asmussen, Champaign (Illinois) News-Gazette; Matt Baker, Tampa Bay (Florida) Times; Michael Barber, Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch; Matt Brown, The Athletic; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Rece Davis, ESPN; Pat Dooley, Gainesville (Florida) Sun; Scott Hamilton, WECT-TV (Wilmington, North Carolina); Eric Hansen, The South Bend (Indiana) Tribune; Brian Howell, Buffzone.com, Boulder (Colorado) Daily Camera; Rob Long, WJZ FM 105.7 The Fan Baltimore; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post (Morgantown, West Virginia); Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal; Soren Petro, 810 WHB Kansas City, Missouri.; Keith Sargeant, NJ.Com/Star-Ledger; Jon Wilner, San Jose (California) Mercury News.
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