Now that the season is finally over, it’s time for the latest edition of the very prestigious HP All-American team.
First, the offense:
1st team — Johnny Manziel, So. Texas A&M
2nd team — Jameis Winston, Fr. Florida State
3rd team — Marcus Mariota, So. Oregon
Honorable Mention: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois; Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville; Bryce Petty, Baylor; Derek Carr, Fresno State.
1st team — Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College; Tre Mason, Jr. Auburn
2nd team — Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington; Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
3rd team — Melvin Gordon, So., Wisconsin; Kapri Bibbs, So, Colorado State
Honorable Mention: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska; Carlos Hyde, Ohio State; Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky; Tyler Gaffney, Stanford; Jeremy Hill, LSU
1st team — Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State; Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson
2nd team — Devante Adams, So., Fresno State; Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M
3rd team — Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor; Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado
Honorable Mention: Allen Robinson, Penn State; Tyler Lockett, Kansas State; Odell Beckham, LSU; Willie Snead, Ball State; Kelvin Benjamin, FSU; Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
1st team — Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina
2nd team — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr., Washington
3rd team — C.J. Fiedorowicz, Sr., Iowa
Honorable Mention: David Funchess, Michigan; Nick O’Leary, FSU; Troy Niklas, Notre Dame; Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State.
OFFENSIVE LINE UNIT
Per HP tradition, we will not choose individual All-Americans, but rather a single unit for our offensive line honors.
Face it: There are no individual stats to go by. Highlights rarely show what they do. We could go purely off of hearsay, but wouldn’t that be dishonest? What’s more, there are 600 starting offensive linemen in Division One. It’s almost impossible to have seen enough of them to know who is really the best. So, while other All-American teams choose linemen based almost solely on reputation, we will not. Instead, we look at a combination of factors, including sacks allowed, rushing offense, tackles for loss allowed, etc., to come up with our All-American unit.
1st team — Arkansas
2nd team — Stanford
3rd team — Notre Dame
Honorable Mention: Florida State; Alabama; Oregon; Toledo; Baylor
Now, the defense:
1st team — Michael Sam, Sr., Missouri; Vic Beasley, Jr., Clemson
2nd team — Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr., Texas; Leonard Williams, So., USC
3rd team — Shilique Calhoun, So., Michigan State; Trevor Reilly, Sr., Utah
Honorable Mention: Kareem Martin, North Carolina; Marcus Smith, Louisville; Scott Crichton, Oregon State; Dee Ford, Auburn; Noah Spence, Ohio State; Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
1st team — Aaron Donald, Sr., Pittsburgh; Kelcy Quarles, Sr., South Carolina
2nd team — Ra’Shede Hageman, Sr., Minnesota; Tim Jernigan, Jr., Florida State
3rd team — Will Sutton, Sr., Arizona State; Michael Bennett, Jr., Ohio State
Honorable Mention: DaQuan Jones, Penn State; Ego Ferguson, LSU
1st team — Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford; Anthony Barr, Sr., UCLA
2nd team — Ryan Shazier, Jr., Ohio State; Khalil Mack, Sr., Buffalo
3rd team — Kyle Van Noy, Sr, BYU; Denicos Allen, Sr., Michigan State
Honorable Mention: Shaquil Barrett, Sr., Colorado State; Eddie Lackey, Baylor; Telvin Smith, Florida State; Myles Jack, UCLA; Devon Kennard, USC
1st team — C.J. Mosley, Sr., Alabama; Chris Borland, Sr., Wisconsin
2nd team — Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford; Lamin Barrow, Sr., LSU
3rd team — Preston Brown, Sr., Louisville; Stephone Anthony, Jr., Clemson
Honorable Mention: AJ Tarpley, Stanford; AJ Johnson, Tennessee; Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut; Dee Dee Lattimore, South Florida
1st team — Darqueze Dennard, Sr., Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State
2nd team — Justin Gilbert, Sr., Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, Sr., TCU
3rd team — Vernon Hargreaves, Fr., Florida; Aaron Colvin, Sr., Oklahoma
Honorable Mention: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech; Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska; Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State
1st team — Deone Bucannon, Sr., Washington State; Ahmad Dixon, Sr., Baylor
2nd team — Anthony Harris, Jr., Virginia; Jimmy Ward, Sr., Northern Illinois
3rd team — Landon Collins, So., Alabama; Hakeem Smith, Sr., Louisville
Honorable Mention: Alden Darby, Sr., ASU; Craig Loston, LSU; Brock Vereen, Minnesota; Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State; Sean Parker, Washington.
1st team — Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Jr., Alabama; Calvin Pryor, Jr., Louisville
2nd team — Karl Joseph, So., West Virginia; Ed Reynolds, Jr., Stanford
3rd team — Terrance Brooks, Sr., Florida State; Derron Smith, Jr., Fresno State
Honorable Mention: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State; Dion Bailey, USC; Tra’Mayne Bondurant, Arizona.