USA TODAY Sports' Nicole Auerbach breaks down the 2016 College Football playoff games between Alabama-Washington and Clemson-Ohio State. USA TODAY Sports
Heisman Trophy finalists Lamar Jackson, Jabrill Peppers and Dede Westbrook headline USA TODAY Sports’ first-team college football All-America selections, while another Heisman finalist, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, was picked as the second-team quarterback.
The first-team offense also includes Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and two linemen from the Big Ten Conference in Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk and Ohio State’s Pat Elflein.
On defense, the first team features Peppers, Houston’s phenomenal freshman tackle Ed Oliver and a pair of Alabama stars in defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and linebacker Reuben Foster.
Twelve teams have multiple players earn first- or second-team All-America honors. Alabama led all teams with five selections, four off its top-ranked defense, followed by Ohio State with four picks and Clemson with three.
The SEC led all Football Bowl Subdivision leagues with 11 total selections, followed by the Big Ten with 10, the ACC and Pac-12 with eight apiece, and the Big 12 with six. Players from the Group of Five conferences accounted for seven selections.
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