AFCA Announces 2011 FBS Coaches' All-America Team

Alabama runningback Trent Richardson and LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne headline the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Richardson is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 131.92, and has scored 23 touchdowns this season, ranking him fifth in scoring at 11.5 points per game. Richardson is a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award. Claiborne has totaled 46 tackles, 28 of them solo, and six interceptions, which ranks him No. 9 nationally. He also has 12 passes defended and six pass break ups. Claiborne is a finalist for the Thorpe Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy.

2011 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team
Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Justin Blackmon* 6-1 215 Jr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Ardmore, Okla. (Plainview)
WR Jordan White 6-0 215 Sr. Western Michigan Bill Cubit Cleveland, Ohio (North Ridgeville)
TE Orson Charles 6-3 241 Jr. Georgia Mark Richt Tampa, Fla. (Plant)
OL Kevin Zeitler 6-4 315 Sr. Wisconsin Bret Bielema Waukesha, Wis. (Lutheran)
OL Barrett Jones 6-5 311 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Memphis, Tenn. (Evangelical Christian)
C Peter Konz 6-5 315 Jr. Wisconsin Bret Bielema Neenah, Wis. (Neenah)
OL David DeCastro 6-5 310 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
OL Levy Adcock 6-6 322 Sr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Claremore, Okla. (Sequoyah)
QB Andrew Luck 6-4 235 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Houston, Texas (Stratford)
RB Trent Richardson 5-11 224 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Pensacola, Fla. (Escambia)
RB Montee Ball 5-11 210 Jr. Wisconsin Bret Bielema Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Jerel Worthy 6-3 310 Jr. Michigan St. Mark Dantonio Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)
DL Alex Okafor 6-4 260 Jr. Texas Mack Brown Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville)
DL Whitney Mercilus 6-4 265 Jr. Illinois Ron Zook Akron, Ohio (Garfield)
DL Melvin Ingram 6-2 276 Sr. South Carolina Steve Spurrier Hamlet, N.C. (Richmond County)
LB Dont’a Hightower 6-4 260 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Lewisburg, Tenn. (Marshall County)
LB Jarvis Jones 6-3 241 So. Georgia Mark Richt Columbus, Ga. (Carver)
LB Lavonte David 6-1 225 Sr. Nebraska Bo Pelini Miami, Fla. (Northwestern)
DB Mark Barron 6-2 218 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul’s)
DB Morris Claiborne 6-0 185 Jr. LSU Les Miles Shreveport, La. (Fair Park)
DB Markelle Martin 6-1 198 Sr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Wichita Falls, Texas (Rider)
DB DeQuan Menzie 6-0 198 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Columbus, Ga. (Carver)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Shawn Powell 6-4 235 Sr. Florida St. Jimbo Fisher Rome, Ga. (Darlington Prep)
PK Randy Bullock 5-9 212 Sr. Texas A&M Mike Sherman Klein, Texas (Klein)
AP LaMichael James* 5-9 195 Jr. Oregon Chip Kelly Texarkana, Texas (Liberty-Eylau)

*-2010 All-American

Team Background: The teams now chosen for each of the AFCA’s five divisions evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. The AFCA started selecting an NAIA All-America Team in 2006.

Top Team: Oklahoma has had the most players named to the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team. The Sooners have been represented 61 times by 52 players on the AFCA team. They are followed by Ohio State (57/43); Notre Dame (56/49); Michigan (54/48); Southern California (54/49); Nebraska (51/46); Alabama (48/47); Texas (46/40); UCLA (34/32) and Georgia (34/29).

Top Conference: The Big 12 boasts the most AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team representatives among current conference members with 259, just ahead of the Big Ten at 253 representatives. Following those two are the Southeastern Conference (244), the Pac-12 (177), Atlantic Coast (166), Big East (67), Western Athletic (61), Mountain West (54), Conference USA (51), Sun Belt (40) and Mid-American (30) (Totals include school All-America selections in all divisions).

The 2011 conference-by-conference breakdown: SEC: 9; Big Ten: 6; Big 12: 5; Pac-12: 3; ACC: 1; MAC: 1.
   
Class Distinction: The 2011 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 12 seniors, 12 juniors and 1 sophomore.

Repeat After Me: Ohio State has the most players who have been repeat selections (14 players). The Buckeyes are followed by Oklahoma (9); Notre Dame (7);  Southern California (7); Texas (6); Michigan (6); Arkansas (5); Nebraska (5); Florida State (4); Georgia (4) and LSU (4).

Three-Timer: Georgia’s Herschel Walker is the only three-time AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American (1980-81-82) in the 67-year history of the team.

Double Duos: Teammates have earned back-to-back Coaches’ All-America honors in the same seasons seven times. USC’s Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush (2004 and 2005) join Army’s Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard (1945 and 1946); Notre Dame’s George Connor and Johnny Lujack (1946 and 1947); Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and George Webster (1966 and 1967); Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon (1969 and 1970); Notre Dame’s Ken MacAfee and Ross Browner (1976 and 1977) and Colorado’s Joe Garten and Alfred Will­iams (1989 and 1990).

One Player, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds is the only player to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. He was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991.

Consecutive Years: Notre Dame holds the record for consecutive years with at least one player on the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team at 19 seasons (1963-1981). Neb­raska had at least one player 12 straight seasons (1978-1989). Michigan (1969-1979), Oklahoma (1971-1981), Sou­thern Cali­for­nia (1972-82) and Miami (Fla.) (1984-1994) are next with 11 straight seasons. Pitts­burgh placed one player on the AFCA team for 10 straight seasons from 1975-1984.

Super Six: Oklahoma’s six selections (Jammal Brown, OL; Jason White, QB; Tommie Harris, DL; Teddy Lehman, LB, Derrick Strait, DB; Antonio Perkins, RS) in 2003 are the most players from one school on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

Fantastic Five: Alabama’s five selections (Barrett Jones, OL; Trent Richardson, RB; Dont’a Hightower, LB; Mark Barron, DB; DeQuan Menzie, DB) in 2011 are the second most players from one school on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

Quad Squads: Alabama became the seventh team to place four players on the AFCA All-America Team in 2008 (OL-Andre Smith, C-Antoine Caldwell, DL-Terrence Cody, DB-Rashad Johnson). The others are: 1945 Army: T-DeWitt Coulter, G-John Green, B-Glenn Davis, B-Doc Blanchard; 1966 Notre Dame: LB-Jim Lynch, FB-Nick Eddy, DT-Pete Duranko, OG-Tom Regner; 1967 Southern California: OT-Ron Yary, LB-Adrian Young, E-Tim Rosso­vich, HB-O.J. Simpson; 1990 Notre Dame: DB-Todd Lyght, DL-Chris Zorich, LB-Mike Stonebreaker, WR-Raghib Ismail; 1999 Florida State: WR-Peter Warrick, OL-Jason Whitaker, DL-Corey Simon; PK-Sebastian Janikowski; 2005 USC: WR- Dwayne Jarrett, OL- Taitusi Lutui, QB- Matt Leinart, RB- Reggie Bush.
Army’s four All-Americans in 1945 may be the most impressive showing of the above teams when you take into account the AFCA only selected an 11-player team at that time.

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