No Clemson players on AP All-America first team
Deshaun Watson finished second again, and Clemson – No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings – did not place a single player on the 2016 Associated Press All-America first team announced Monday.
Watson, the Tigers’ quarterback who finished second in Heisman Trophy voting to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson last week, is the second-team quarterback with Jackson taking first-team honors.
No. 1 Alabama placed four players on the AP first team, the most of any school. The Crimson Tide and No. 3 Ohio State tied for the most players on the three All-America teams released Monday with six.
Clemson has five players on the three AP teams: Watson is joined by defensive tackle Carlos Watkins on the second team; defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and linebacker Ben Boulware made the third team.
Wilkins played most of the season at defensive end but is listed by the AP panel as an interior lineman.
Perhaps the biggest Clemson slight: All-ACC first-team wide receiver Mike Williams didn’t make any of the AP’s three teams.
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is the third-team quarterback.
Alabama’s top-ranked defense placed three players on the first team, one at each level: Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen; linebacker Reuben Foster; defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Offensive tackle Cam Robinson was the fourth Tide All-American. Outside linebacker Tim Williams was a second-team selection and tight end O.J. Howard made the third team.
Ohio State put center Pat Elflein on the first team with safety Malik Hooker and H-back Curtis Samuel, who was selected as an all-purpose player.
Guard Billy Price and linebacker Raekwon McMillan made the second team.
No. 4 Washington’s two second-teamers were safety Budda Baker and receivers John Ross.
The 2016 Associated Press All-America college football teams:
Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, sophomore, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Louisville
Running backs — D’Onta Foreman, junior, 6-2, 249, Texas; Dalvin Cook, junior, 5-11, 213, Florida State
Tackles — Cam Robinson, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama; Ryan Ramczyk, junior, 6-6, 314, Wisconsin
Guards — Cody O’Connell, junior, 6-8, 354, Washington State; Dan Feeney, senior, 6-4, 305, Indiana.
Center — Pat Elflein, senior, 6-3, 300, Ohio State
Tight end — Evan Engram, senior, 6-3, 235, Mississippi
Wide receivers — Dede Westbrook, senior, 6-0, 176, Oklahoma; Corey Davis, senior, 6-3, 213, Western Michigan
All-purpose player — Curtis Samuel, junior, 5-11 197, Ohio State
Kicker — Zane Gonzalez, senior, 6-1, 195, Arizona State
Ends — Myles Garrett, junior, 6-5, 270, Texas A&M; Derek Barnett, junior, 6-3, 265, Tennessee
Tackles — Jonathan Allen, junior, 6-3, 290, Alabama; Ed Oliver, freshman, 6-2, 290, Houston
Linebackers — Reuben Foster, senior, 6-1, 228, Alabama; Zach Cunningham, junior, 6-2, 230, Vanderbilt; Jabrill Peppers, junior, 6-1, 205, Michigan
Cornerbacks — Jourdan Lewis, senior, 5-11, 186, Michigan; Adoree’ Jackson, junior, 5-11, 185, Southern California
Safeties — Malik Hooker, sophomore, 6-2, 205, Ohio State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, sophomore, 6-1, 200, Alabama
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, sophomore, 6-2, 220, Utah
Quarterback — Deshaun Watson, junior, Clemson
Running backs — Donnel Pumphrey, senior, San Diego State; Christian McCaffrey, junior, Stanford
Tackles — Connor Williams, sophomore, Texas; Orlando Brown, sophomore, Oklahoma
Guards — Billy Price, junior, Ohio State; Will Hernandez, junior, UTEP
Center — Tyler Orlosky, senior, West Virginia
Tight end — Jake Butt, senior, Michigan
Wide receivers — Zay Jones, senior, East Carolina; John Ross, junior, Washington
All-purpose player — Quadree Henderson, sophomore, Pitt
Kicker — Daniel Carlson, junior, Auburn
Ends — DeMarcus Walker, senior, Florida State; Harold Landry, junior, Boston College
Tackles — Carlos Watkins, senior, Clemson; Montravius Adams, senior, Auburn
Linebackers — Raekwon McMillan, junior, Ohio State; T.J. Watt, junior, Wisconsin; Tim Williams, senior, Alabama
Cornerbacks — Rasul Douglas, senior, West Virginia; Desmond King, senior, Iowa
Safeties — Budda Baker, junior, Washington; Jamal Adams, junior, LSU
Punter — Cameron Johnston, senior, Ohio State
Quarterback — Baker Mayfield, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Saquon Barkley, sophomore, Penn State; Aaron Jones, junior, UTEP
Tackles — Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Forrest Lamp, senior, Western Kentucky
Guards — Nico Siragusa, senior, San Diego State; Quenton Nelson, junior, Notre Dame
Center — Ethan Pocic, senior, LSU
Tight end — O.J. Howard, senior, Alabama
Wide receivers — Amba Etta-Tawo, senior, Syracuse; Austin Carr, senior, Northwestern
All-purpose player — Christian Kirk, sophomore, Texas A&M
Kicker — Gary Wunderlich, junior, Mississippi
Ends — Hunter Dimick, senior, Utah; Jordan Willis, senior, Kansas State
Tackles — Christian Wilkins, sophomore, Clemson; Solomon Thomas, junior, Stanford
Linebackers — Kendell Beckwith, senior, LSU; Jimmie Gilbert, senior, Colorado; Ben Boulware, senior, Clemson
Cornerbacks — Teez Tabor, junior, Florida; Cordrea Tankersley, senior, Clemson
Safeties — Nathan Gerry, senior, Nebraska; Weston Steelhammer, senior, Air Force
Punter — Michael Dickson, sophomore, Texas
AP All-America team panel:
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle; Matt Charboneau, Detroit News; Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal; Eric Hansen, The South Bend Tribune; Brian Howell, Buffzone.com/Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera; Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer; Rob Long, WJZ-FM The Fan (Baltimore); Tony Parks, KZNS-FM The Zone (Salt Lake City); Keith Sargeant, New Jersey Advance Media; Gary Smits, Florida Times-Union; Dana Sulonen, Opelika-Auburn News; Joe Walljasper, Columbia (Mo.) Tribune; Jon Wilner, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News.