I'm still holding out hope that one of the NCAA-recognized organizations will give Buffalo LB Khalil Mack a spot on the first team, but the odds are getting slimmer and slimmer.
The Associated Press released their All-America team today and the first team linebackers are three names that are becoming pretty infamous in my head: Alabama's C.J. Mosley, UCLA's Anthony Barr, and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier. Mack was named to the Second Team, along with Trent Murphy of Stanford and Chris Borland of Wisconsin.
Only two members of the First Team came from outside BCS conferences: Punter Tom Hornsey from Memphis and "All Purpose Player" Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois. Even the Second Team features only Fresno State WR Davante Adams and Mack. All told only six players across all three teams come from outside the power conferences.
I think I speak for Bull Run, Hustle Belt, Mountain West Connection, and all our similarly-situated blog friends when I say "Fleck that."
In non-NCAA recognized All-America Teams, Khalil WAS named First Team All America by a voting panel of SB Nation bloggers (including yours truly), but was edged off the First Team in ESPN's rankings, which incidentally, feature the most confusing picks yet, as they placed both Shazier and Trent Murphy on the first team over both Mack and Anthony Barr.
We're still waiting for the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers of America to release their teams.