Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley are among the 10 players from the ACC and SEC on the AP All-America first team, which was released earlier today.
The first team offense includes Cooper, guards Tre Jackson (FSU), who is from Wayne County, and Laken Tomlinson (Duke), center Reese Dismukes (Auburn), tight end Nick O’Leary (FSU), and kicker Roberto Aguayo (FSU).
The first team defense includes Beasley, who is from Adairsville, cornerback Senquez Golson (Ole Miss), and safeties Landon Collins (Alabama) and Gerod Holliman (Louisville).
There were no Georgia players on the first, second or third teams. Georgia Tech senior guard Shaquille Mason is on the third-team offense.
As expected, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota heads up the first-team offense, with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Indiana’s Tevin Coleman in the backfield.
I would have preferred to see Pittsburgh beastly running back James Conner on the first team instead of Coleman, but there’s no arguing with Gordon. Conner is on the second team.
Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who is from Grayson, is a second-team pick, one of nine SEC players on that team.
That includes Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio and Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney.
FSU receiver Rashad Greene, who originally is from Albany’s Westover High, also is on the second team.