AFCA Announces 2012 FBS All-America Team

Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams and South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney headline the 2012 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.

Williams leads the nation in total receiving yards with 1,693, and averages 153.91 yards per game, which is also tops in the nation. He has 89 receptions and 12 touchdowns, and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, as the nation’s best receiver. Clowney leads the nation in tackles for loss with 21.5 this season, and is tied for first with 13 sacks. He is a finalist for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.

2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team
Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Marqise Lee 6-0 195 So. USC Lane Kiffin Inglewood, Calif. (Serra)
WR Terrance Williams 6-2 205 Sr. Baylor Art Briles Dallas, Texas (W.T. White)
TE Zach Ertz 6-6 252 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Alamo, Calif. (Monte Visa)
OL Chance Warmack 6-3 320 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)
OL Luke Joeckel 6-6 310 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Arlington, Texas (Arlington)
C Dalton Freeman 6-5 285 Sr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Pelion, S.C. (Pelion)
OL Jonathan Cooper 6-3 295 Sr. North Carolina Larry Fedora Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard)
OL David Yankey 6-5 301 Jr. Stanford David Shaw Roswell, Ga. (Centennial)
QB Tajh Boyd 6-1 225 Jr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Hampton, Va. (Phoebus)
RB Kenjon Barner 5-11 192 Sr. Oregon Chip Kelly Riverside, Calif. (Notre Dame)
RB Montee Ball* 5-11 215 Sr. Wisconsin Bret Bielema Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Jadeveon Clowney 6-6 256 So. South Carolina Steve Spurrier Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe)
DL Bjoern Werner 6-4 255 Jr. Florida St. Jimbo Fisher Berlin, Germany (Salisbury [Conn.])
DL Damontre Moore 6-4 250 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
DL Will Sutton 6-1 267 Jr. Arizona St. Todd Graham Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
LB Manti Te’o 6-2 255 Sr. Notre Dame Brian Kelly Laie, Hawaii (Punahou)
LB Jarvis Jones* 6-3 241 Jr. Georgia Mark Richt Columbus, Ga. (Carver)
LB C.J. Mosley 6-2 232 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Theodore, Ala. (Theodore)
DB Eric Reid 6-2 212 Jr. LSU Les Miles Geismar, La. (Dutchtown)
DB Dee Milliner 6-1 199 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Millbrook, Ala. (Stanhope Elmore)
DB Jordan Poyer 6-0 190 Sr. Oregon St. Mike Riley Astoria, Ore. (Astoria)
DB Phillip Thomas 6-1 215 Sr. Fresno St. Tim DeRuyter Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Ryan Allen 6-2 215 Sr. Louisiana Tech Sonny Dykes Salem, Ore. (West Salem)
PK Quinn Sharp 6-1 205 Sr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Mansfield, Texas (Summit)
AP Tavon Austin 5-9 171 Sr. West Virginia Dana Holgorsen Baltimore, Md. (Dunbar)

*-2011 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 Notre Dame (57/50); Ohio State (57/43); USC (55/48); Michigan (54/48); Alabama (51/50); Nebraska (51/46); Texas (46/40); Georgia (35/29) and UCLA (34/32).

Top Conference: The Big 12 boasts the most AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team representatives among current conference members with 262, just ahead of the Big Ten at 254 representatives. Following those two are the Southeastern Conference (252), the Pac-12 (183), Atlantic Coast (170), Big East (67), Western Athletic (62), Mountain West (55), Conference USA (51), Sun Belt (40) and Mid-American (30) (Totals include school All-America selections in all divisions).
The 2012 conference-by-conference breakdown: SEC: 8; Pac-12: 6; ACC: 4; Big 12: 3; Big Ten: 1; MWC: 1; WAC: 1.
   
Class Distinction: The 2012 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 13 seniors, 10 juniors and 2 sophomores.

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); USC (7); Texas (6); Michigan (6); Arkansas (5); Georgia (5); Nebraska (5); Florida State (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 68-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), USC (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 USC: 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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