AFCA Announces 2013 FBS Coaches' All-America Team

Boston College running back Andre Williams and Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald headline the 2013 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 led the nation in rushing yards (2,102), rushing attempts (329), yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four), earning him the Doak Walker Award. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. Donald led the nation in tackles for loss (2.2 per game), ranked 10th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 per game) and 13th in sacks (tied, 0.83 per game). He won the Outland Trophy, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy in 2013.

2013 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team
Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Mike Evans 6-5 225 So. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Galveston, Texas (Ball)
WR Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 Jr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Fort Myers, Fla. (South Fort Myers)
TE Jace Amaro 6-5 260 Jr. Texas Tech Kilff Kingsbury San Antonio, Texas (MacArthur)
OL Jake Matthews 6-5 305 Sr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Missouri City, Texas (Elkins)
OL Cyril Richardson 6-5 340 Sr. Baylor Art Briles Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)
C Gabe Ikard 6-3 298 Sr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Oklahoma City, Okla. (Bishop McGuinness)
OL Cyrus Kouandjio 6-6 310 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)
OL *David Yankey 6-5 313 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Roswell, Ga. (Centennial)
QB AJ McCarron 6-4 214 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul’s Episcopal)
RB Andre Williams 6-0 227 Sr. Boston College Steve Addazio Schnecksville, Pa. (Parkland)
RB Ka’Deem Carey 5-10 207 Jr. Arizona Rich Rodriguez Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Michael Sam 6-2 255 Sr. Missouri Gary Pinkel Hitchcock, Texas (Hitchcock)
DL Aaron Donald 6-0 285 Sr. Pittsburgh Paul Chryst Pittsburgh, Pa. (Penn Hills)
DL Jackson Jeffcoat 6-5 250 Sr. Texas Mack Brown Plano, Texas (West)
DL *Jadeveon Clowney 6-6 274 Jr. South Carolina Steve Spurrier Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe)
LB Trent Murphy 6-6 261 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Mesa, Ariz. (Brophy)
LB Anthony Barr 6-4 248 Sr. UCLA Jim Mora San Pedro, Calif. (Loyola)
LB *C.J. Mosley 6-2 238 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Mobile, Ala. (Theodore)
DB Darqueze Dennard 5-11 197 Sr. Michigan St. Mark Dantonio Dry Branch, Ga. (Twiggs County)
DB Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 190 Sr. Florida St. Jimbo Fisher Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 6-1 208 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
DB Ahmad Dixon 6-0 205 Sr. Baylor Art Briles Waco, Texas (Midway)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Tom Hornsey 6-3 210 Sr. Memphis Justin Fuente Geelong, Victoria, Australia (St. Joseph’s)
PK Anthony Fera 6-2 208 Sr. Texas Mack Brown Cypress, Texas (St. Pius X)
AP Ty Montgomery 6-2 215 Jr. Stanford David Shaw Dallas, Texas (St. Mark’s)

*-2012 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 62 times by 53 players on the AFCA team. They are followed by Notre Dame (57/50); Ohio State (57/43); USC (55/48); Alabama (54/52); Michigan (54/48); Nebraska (51/46); Texas (48/42); Georgia (35/29) and UCLA (35/33).

Top Conference: The Big 12 boasts the most AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team representatives among current conference members with 268, just ahead of the Southeastern Conference at 260 representatives. Following those two are the Big Ten (255), the Pac-12 (188), Atlantic Coast (174), American Athletic (68), 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 2013 conference-by-conference breakdown: SEC: 8; Big 12: 6; Pac-12: 5; ACC: 4; AAC: 1; Big Ten: 1.
   
Class Distinction: The 2013 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 17 seniors, 7 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); 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 69-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).

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds 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. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

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 is the seventh program to place four players on the AFCA All-America Team, and the first to do it in two separate years with their four selections in 2013. OL-Cyrus Kouandjioin, QB-AJ McCarron, LB-C.J. Mosley and DB-Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joins the 2008 squad of OL-Andre Smith, C-Antoine Caldwell, DL-Terrence Cody and 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.

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