B/R's 2022 College Football All-American Teams

David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVDecember 7, 2022

B/R's 2022 College Football All-American Teams

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    BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 08: Michigan RB Blake Corum (2) during a college football game between the Michigan Wolverines and Indiana Hoosiers on October 8, 2022 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    The end of the 2022 season is a bittersweet moment. While bowls and the College Football Playoff are still on the horizon, our weekdays are quieter and Saturdays aren't as chaotic.

    But a season's worth of excellent work always deserves recognition, and All-American teams do just that.

    Bleacher Report's panel of writers—Max Escarpio, David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty and Brad Shepard—cast a ballot for their All-Americans in 2022.

    Unsurprisingly, the Big Ten—with two CFP teams—collected a conference-high 12 selections. Every other Power Five conference had multiple choices, and there were representatives from the AAC and Mountain West.


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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02: USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) drops back to pass during the Pac-12 Championship football game between Utah Utes and USC Trojans on December 2, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    QB: Caleb Williams, USC

    Even if he doesn't win the Heisman Trophy, the Oklahoma transfer pieced together a truly memorable year.

    Williams followed OU coach Lincoln Riley to USC, where the duo provided a serious jolt to a struggling program. USC left behind its 4-8 campaign in 2021, riding Williams to an 11-2 record and spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

    Along the way, Williams hit 66.1 percent of his passes for 4,075 yards and 37 touchdowns—tied for the FBS lead—against four interceptions. He averaged 9.1 yards per attempt, the sixth-highest clip in the nation. Williams also rushed for 372 yards and 10 more scores.

Running Backs

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    AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 25: Bijan Robinson #5 of the Texas Longhorns runs between Brooks Miller #41 of the Baylor Bears and Devin Lemear #20 in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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    RB: Blake Corum, Michigan

    Were it not for a late-season knee injury, Corum might've won the Heisman Trophy. Instead, he'll settle for many All-American honors. He racked up 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground as the foundation of Michigan's run-first offense. Corum crossed the 100-yard barrier in eight straight games and topped out at 243 against Maryland.

    RB: Bijan Robinson, Texas

    Inconsistency plagued the Longhorns, but Robinson was a steadily elite contributor. The versatile back topped 100 scrimmage yards in 11 games, including a pair of career-best 243-yard days. Robinson led the FBS with 1,894 scrimmage yards and ranked second with 20 touchdowns.

Wide Receivers and Tight End

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    Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) catchers a touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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    WR: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

    It appears he's following in his NFL Hall of Famer dad's footsteps, huh? Harrison ascended from a backup in 2021 to Ohio State's featured target as Jaxon Smith-Njigba dealt with a hamstring injury all year. Harrison nabbed 72 passes for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    WR: Charlie Jones, Purdue

    After playing at both Buffalo and Iowa, Jones transferred to Purdue and found an ideal home. The well-respected kick returner became a dynamic receiver, leading the FBS in both catches (110) and yards (1,361) while snaring 12 touchdowns.

    WR: Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

    The big-play machine ripped apart Alabama for 207 yards and five touchdowns to highlight a stellar year. Similar to Harrison, Hyatt stepped up in Cedric Tillman's absence and carried the receiving corps. Hyatt collected 67 passes for 1,267 yards and an FBS-high 15 TD catches.

    TE: Dalton Kincaid, Utah

    Michael Mayer landed serious consideration among the voters, but Kincaid edged Notre Dame's star target. Kincaid paced the Pac-12 champions with 70 receptions, 890 yards—the most at his position in the FBS when you acknowledge Syracuse standout Oronde Gadsden II almost exclusively lined up as a receiver—and eight touchdowns.

Offensive Linemen

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    Northwestern offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (77) in action against Duke during the first half of an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
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    OT: Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

    OG: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State

    C: John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

    OG: O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

    OT: Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State

    One way or another, these choices had to be Big Ten-heavy. Michigan had a trio of All-Big Ten first-team selections alongside Northwestern's Skoronski—the league's lineman of the year—Minnesota's Schmitz and Ohio State's Johnson. In short: It was a banner year for the conference, even as Michigan's three narrowly missed B/R's squad.

    Beebe earned Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, playing a key role in run-focused Kansas State's winning the conference.

    Torrence, a first-team AP All-SEC selection, completes the quintet after a tremendous year. The 2021 first-team Sun Belt choice followed head coach Billy Napier from Louisiana and continued to thrive with Florida.

Defensive Linemen

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Georgia Bulldogs Defensive Linemen Jalen Carter (88) pursues the play during the SEC Championship game between the LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs on December 03, 2022, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    DE: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

    Although Anderson didn't get as much attention this season, the record-setting edge-rusher had another prolific year. He racked up 51 tackles with 17 for loss and 10 sacks, also returning one interception for a touchdown. Anderson ranked fourth nationally with 59 pressures during the regular season, per Pro Football Focus.

    DT: Jalen Carter, Georgia

    Simple numbers do not explain Carter's impact. The 6'3", 300-pound interior player is a gap-wrecking presence who makes the game a bit easier for Georgia's linebackers and safeties. Carter gathered 29 tackles (seven for loss and three sacks) and forced two fumbles for the SEC champs.

    DT: Jonah Tavai, San Diego State

    As usual, SDSU showcased an overwhelming defender. Tavai occasionally shifted to end, but he primarily lined up inside. He generated 61 pressures, the third-most in the regular season according to PFF. Tavai totaled 57 tackles with 12.5 in the backfield and nine sacks.

    DE: Tuli Tuipulotu, USC

    Best of a bad situation, right? Although USC's defense struggled as a whole, Tuipulotu very much did the opposite. Among his 44 tackles, he amassed an FBS-leading 12.5 sacks and ranked second with 21 stops for loss.


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    Cincinnati linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. (0) plays during an NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
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    LB: Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati

    Last season, Pace landed first-team All-MAC honors with Miami (Ohio). He traded that for AAC Defensive Player of the Year recognition after joining Cincinnati. Pace held top-10 national rankings in tackles (120; 10th) and stops for loss (19.5; third), notching nine sacks and forcing two fumbles.

    LB: Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State

    Eichenberg stabilized the defense for CFP-bound Ohio State, beginning with team-high totals of 112 tackles and 12 for loss. The senior tallied 2.5 sacks, three pass breakups and grabbed an interception for a touchdown.

    LB: Cedric Gray, North Carolina

    Gray, meanwhile, did a little bit of everything. Most notably, he ranked second nationally with 138 tackles—including 10 takedowns for loss and one sack. Additionally, the first-team All-ACC pick snatched two interceptions, broke up five passes and forced three fumbles.

Defensive Backs

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    Devon Witherspoon (No. 31)
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    CB: Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

    Illinois assembled an 8-4 campaign on the strength of an absurdly sticky secondary (nation-leading 22 INTs). Witherspoon ceded a 24.6 passer rating, the lowest among Power Five corners, according to PFF. He provided 41 tackles with 2.5 for loss, three interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

    CB: Joey Porter Jr., Penn State

    Another son of a once-prominent pro, Porter reinforced his billing as an early-round NFL draft prospect. The three-time All-Big Ten selection allowed only 15 receptions all season, per PFF, while adding 27 tackles.

    S: Kamren Kinchens, Miami

    Miami had a rough season, but Kinchens emerged as a cornerstone piece of the defense's future. Along with 59 tackles (1.5 for loss), he snared six interceptions, broke up six more passes and forced a fumble. Kinchens also landed first-team All-ACC honors.

    S: Sydney Brown, Illinois

    Witherspoon locked down one side of the secondary, and Brown roamed all over the middle. The twin brother of Illini star running back Chase Brown, he absolutely stuffed the box score. Brown registered 59 tackles with 3.5 for loss, six interceptions, one fumble forced and recovered, seven pass breakups and two defensive touchdowns.


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    RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 08: Christopher Dunn #32 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after making a field goal with 12:07 remaining in their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 8, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. NC State won 19-17. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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    K: Christopher Dunn, North Carolina State

    Dunn missed a single kick in 2022, yet he buried a game-winner in overtime that night at rival North Carolina. It's to say he's been forgiven. The fifth-year starter hit 24 of 25 field goals, including a 10-of-11 mark at 40 yards or longer. Dunn also buried all 30 extra points.

    P: Adam Korsak, Rutgers

    On the surface, a punter who's ranked 30th in yards per attempt might be an odd choice. Consider also, however, only two of Korsak's 77 punts resulted in a touchback and that Rutgers finished with an FBS-best negative-11 return yards allowed. Korsak was a legitimate star.

    KR: Jaylin Lucas, Indiana

    PR: Anthony Gould, Oregon State

    Stats for returners are pretty straightforward. If you score on multiple returns, you'll receive major consideration.

    Lucas is the obvious choice, considering he's the nation's only player with two scores on kickoffs. Five players returned two punts to the house, but Gould led the quintet with an 18.6-yard average (min. 10 attempts) on his 14 attempts.