In yesterday's post about the Walter Camp All-America Team, I noted that Khalil Mack seemed to be in a pool of second tier LB's behind (in the mind of pollsters) a top two of C.J. Mosley of Alabama and Anthony Barr of UCLA. I was surprised that while USA Today had placed Ohio State's Ryan Shazier on their first team, the WCFF had given the third slot to Stanford's Trent Murphy.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised anymore.
Bolstered by his nation-leading 14.0 sacks and playing opposite fellow slobberknocker (Branded likes when I use that word) Shayne Skov, Murphy has cemented himself among this apparent upper tier of LB candidates, as he was named alongside Mosley and Barr to Sporting News' All-America Team.*
It seems now that rather than being among the mix of LBs after Mosley and Barr, as I thought yesterday, the #MACKtion is struggling to get into the conversation for that third LB slot on the All-America First Team. Of the five organizations recognized by the NCAA, the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, and Football Writers Association of America have yet to release their teams.
Sporting News All-American Team
QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State* - Player of the Year
RB: Tre Mason, Auburn
RB: Andre Williams, Boston College
WR: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
WR: Allen Robinson, Penn State
TE: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
OL: David Yankey, Stanford
OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OL: Cameron Irving, Florida State
DE: Michael Sam, Missouri
DT: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
DT: Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
DE: Vic Beasley, Clemson
LB: Anthony Barr, UCLA
LB: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
LB: Trent Murphy, Stanford
CB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
CB: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
S: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
S: Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
K: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
KR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford
PR: Chris Davis, Auburn
*Side note: The Sporting News only presented their All-America Team in slideshow form. Desperate for pageviews much?