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College Football 2018 All-America Team

The 2018 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The Big Ten and SEC are considered by most to be the top conferences for 2018, so it should be no surprise these two leagues lead the way in selections on Athlon’s All-America Team. The Big Ten has 22 selections, with the SEC checking in with 21. The ACC is third among Power 5 leagues with 19 picks, followed by the Pac-12 at 18. The MAC leads all Group of 5 conferences with four selections.

 

Athlon Sports released its 2018 all-conference teams earlier this offseason, and now the focus shifts to the All-America team. Whether it’s quarterback, defensive end or a spot on special teams, picking the best of the best is no easy task.

 

An important note on the All-America teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2018. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2018 All-America team and all-conference teams is largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

 

2018 Athlon Sports All-Conference Teams

 

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | MW | Sun Belt

 

Athlon Sports 2018 All-America Team
 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Will Grier

West Virginia 

Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama 

Khalil Tate

Arizona 

Trace McSorley

Penn State 

RB

Jonathan Taylor

Wisconsin 

AJ Dillon

Boston College 

J.K. Dobbins

Ohio State 

Rodney Anderson

Oklahoma 

RB

Bryce Love

Stanford 

Devin Singletary

FAU 

Damien Harris

Alabama 

David Montgomery

Iowa State 

AP

Myles Gaskin (RB)

Washington 

D'Andre Swift

Georgia 

Justice Hill (RB)

Oklahoma State 

Cam Akers (RB)

Florida State 

WR

A.J. Brown

Ole Miss 

N'Keal Harry

Arizona State 

Penny Hart

Georgia State 

Stanley Morgan Jr.

Nebraska 

WR

David Sills

West Virginia 

Deebo Samuel

South Carolina 

Anthony Johnson

Buffalo 

Kelvin Harmon

NC State 

TE

Noah Fant

Iowa 

Albert

Okwuegbunam

Missouri 

Kaden Smith

Stanford 

Caleb Wilson

UCLA 

C

Ross Pierschbacher

Alabama 

Toa Lobendahn

USC 

Jake Hanson

Oregon 

Sam Mustipher

Notre Dame 

OL

David Edwards

Wisconsin 

Trey Adams

Washington 

Michael Deiter

Wisconsin 

Max Scharping

NIU 

OL

Mitch Hyatt

Clemson 

Nate Herbig

Stanford 

Bobby Evans

Oklahoma 

Chris Lindstrom

Boston College 

OL

Dalton Risner

Kansas State 

Greg Little

Ole Miss 

Trey Smith

Tennessee 

Yodny Cajuste

West Virginia 

OL

Jonah Williams

Alabama 

Beau Benzschawel

Wisconsin 

Andrew Thomas

Georgia 

Michael Jordan

Ohio State 

 
 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

Christian Wilkins

Clemson 

Rashan Gary

Michigan 

Raekwon Davis

Alabama 

Terry Beckner

Missouri 

DL

Nick Bosa

Ohio State 

Jeffery Simmons

Miss. State 

Dexter Lawrence

Clemson 

Austin Bryant

Clemson 

DL

Clelin Ferrell

Clemson 

Chase Winovich

Michigan 

Montez Sweat

Miss. State 

Jerry Tillery

Notre Dame 

DL

Ed Oliver

Houston 

Sutton Smith

NIU 

Ricky Walker

Va. Tech 

Zach Allen

Boston College 

LB

Cameron Smith

USC 

Devin Bush

Michigan 

Joe Bachie

Michigan State 

Dre'Mont Jones (DL)

Ohio State 

LB

Troy Dye

Oregon 

T.J. Edwards

Wisconsin 

Khaleke Hudson

Michigan 

Khalil Hodge

Buffalo 

LB

Devin White

LSU 

Joe 

Giles-Harris

Duke 

Shaq Quarterman

Miami 

Dakota Allen

Texas Tech 

CB

Byron Murphy

Washington 

Deandre Baker

Georgia 

Julian Love

Notre Dame 

Te'von Coney (LB)

Notre Dame 

CB

Greedy Williams

LSU 

Mark Gilbert

Duke 

Brian Peavy

Iowa State 

Lavert Hill

Michigan 

S

Jaquan Johnson

Miami 

D'Cota Dixon

Wisconsin 

Lukas Denis

Boston College 

Levonta Taylor (CB)

Florida State 

S

Taylor Rapp 

Washington 

Andrew Wingard

Wyoming 

Jordan Fuller

Ohio State 

Marvell Tell

USC 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Matt Gay

Utah 

Dominik Eberle

Utah State 

Rodrigo Blankenship

Georgia 

Rafael Gaglianone

Wisconsin 

P

Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah 

Jake Bailey

Stanford 

Corliss Waitman

South Alabama 

Drue Chrisman

Ohio State 

KR

Tony Pollard

Memphis 

Deebo Samuel

South Carolina 

Marcus Green

ULM 

Anthony

Ratliff-Williams

North Carolina 

PR KaVontae Turpin
TCU 

Mecole Hardman

Georgia 

Avery Williams

Boise State 

Michael Walker

Boston College 

 

Conference Breakdown of All-America Selections
  First Second Third Fourth Overall
ACC 4 3 4 8 19
American 2 0 0 0 2
Big 12 4 0 3 4 11
Big Ten 4 6 5 7 22
Conference USA 0 1 0 0 1
Independent 0 0 1 3 4
MAC 0 1 1 2 4
Mountain West 0 2 1 0 3
Pac-12 8 5 3 2 18
SEC 5 9 6 1 21
Sun Belt 0 0 3 0 3

 

Team Breakdown of All-America Selections
Team Number of Selections
Wisconsin 7
Ohio State 6
Boston College 5
Clemson 5
Georgia 5
Alabama 5
Michigan 5
Notre Dame 4
Stanford 4
Washington 4
West Virginia 3
USC 3
Duke 2
Miami 2
Florida State 2
Northern Illinois 2
Buffalo 2
Iowa State 2
Oklahoma 2
Oregon 2
Utah 2
South Carolina 2
Ole Miss 2
Missouri 2
Mississippi State 2
LSU 2
North Carolina 1
NC State 1
Virginia Tech 1
South Alabama 1
ULM 1
Wyoming 1
Utah State 1
Boise State 1
Memphis 1
Houston 1
Georgia State 1
FAU 1
Kansas State 1
Oklahoma State 1
TCU 1
Texas Tech 1
Arizona 1
Arizona State 1
UCLA 1
Tennessee 1
Penn State 1
Nebraska 1
Michigan State 1
Iowa 1