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Bryce Young Headlines 2021 AP All-America 1st Team; Alabama Leads with 3 Selections

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 13, 2021

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Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young was named a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press on Monday, joining teammates Will Anderson Jr. and Jameson Williams. 

Alabama's three first-team All-America selections led college football, while Georgia, Michigan, Oregon and Texas A&M each had two first-teamers. 

Here is the full list of first-team selections:


Quarterback: Young, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs: Kenneth Walker III, junior, Michigan State; Breece Hall, junior, Iowa State

Tackles: Ikem Ekwonu, junior, North Carolina State; Darian Kinnard, senior, Kentucky

Guards: Kenyon Green, junior, Texas A&M; Zion Johnson, senior, Boston College

Center: Tyler Linderbaum, junior, Iowa

Tight end: Trey McBride, senior, Colorado State

Receivers: Jordan Addison, sophomore, Pittsburgh; David Bell, junior, Purdue; Jameson Williams, junior, Alabama

All-purpose player: Deuce Vaughn, sophomore, Kansas State.

Kicker: Jake Moody, senior, Michigan

Edge rushers: Aidan Hutchinson, senior, Michigan; Kayvon Thibodeaux, junior, Oregon

Linemen: Jordan Davis, senior, Georgia; DeMarvin Leal, junior, Texas A&M

Linebackers: Will Anderson, Jr., sophomore, Alabama; Nakobe Dean, junior, Georgia; Devin Lloyd, junior, Utah

Cornerbacks: Ahmad Gardner, junior, Cincinnati; Roger McCreary, senior, Auburn

Safeties: Verone McKinley III, sophomore, Oregon; Jalen Pitre, senior, Baylor

Defensive back: Marcus Jones, senior, Houston

Punter: Matt Araiza, junior, San Diego State


Young's selection comes as no surprise after he threw for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season, completing 68 percent of his passes. He led the Crimson Tide back to the College Football Playoff, where they seem to end up every season under head coach Nick Saban. 

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Anderson's inclusion wasn't any more of a surprise, as he led the nation with 15.5 sacks. And Williams added to the recent tradition of superstar receivers in Tuscaloosa, catching 68 passes for 1,445 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was a no-brainer selection after being the Heisman Trophy runner-up in a season that saw him register 14 sacks. He very well could be the top overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft. 

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Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux could be in the running for that selection as well after a season that saw him seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He's long been considered a top-five talent among draft evaluators

Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III was in the Heisman conversation for much of the season, rushing for 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

The College Football Playoff teams—Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati—have eight first-team All-America selections between them and 15 All-America picks in total. 

Ohio State led all schools with seven All-America selections in total, including three receivers, with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave on the second team and Jaxon Smith-Njigba on the third team. 

Heisman finalist and Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was the second-team selection, while fellow Heisman finalist, Ohio State's C.J. Stroud, was the third-team quarterback. 

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