Kyler Murray Headlines 2018 AP All-America Team; 4 Alabama Players Make 1st Team

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and six Alabama players lead the Associated Press All-America teams, including four Tide players on the first team.

Murray made the first-team ballot ahead of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who spearheads the second team. The Oklahoma product edged out Tagovailoa in one of the more hotly contested Heisman races in recent memory.

Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and safety Deionte Thompson made the first team. From Clemson, offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, defensive end Clelin Ferrell and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were named to the first team, giving the Tigers the second-most behind Alabama.

 "This is crazy. This is an honor, something that I'll never forget. Something that I'll always cherish for the rest of my life," Murray said during his acceptance speech. 

Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and safety Deionte Thompson made the first team. From Clemson, offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, defensive end Clelin Ferrell and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were named to the first team, giving the Tigers the second-most behind Alabama.

Nine of the 13 offensive players named to the first team were upperclassmen. Purdue wide receiver and special teams ace Rondale Moore and Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt were the two lone freshmen. The 5'9" Moore recorded 1,367 all-purpose offensive yards and an additional 681 as a return man. Szmyt drilled 28 of his 32 field goals and all 57 of his extra points.

Jeudy and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor were the two other underclassmen.

On the defensive side, LSU safety Grant Delpit was the only underclassman named to the first team.

Juniors comprised a high of 12 players on the first team, with seniors having eight honorees. 

 

First Team

QB: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, Memphis

OT: Jonah Williams, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

G: Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky

C: Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State

TE: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama; Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

All-Purpose: Rondale Moore, Purdue

K: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse

DE: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson; Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois

DT: Quinnen Williams, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, Clemson

LB: Josh Allen, Kentucky; Devin White, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington

CB: Deandre Baker, Georgia; Julian Love, Notre Dame

S: Grant Delpit, LSU; Deionte Thompson, Alabama

P: Braden Mann, Texas A&M

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