CollegeFootballNews.com 20th Anniversary All-America Offenses
Who were the biggest offensive stars since 1998? Welcome to the CFN 20th Anniversary All-America Offenses.
Who were the top offensive players since 1998?
It’s the 20th anniversary of CollegeFootballNews.com, and we’ve broken down our First, Second, and Third-Team All-America offenses spanning the last two decades.
What makes an All-American on this large a scale over this long a time? 1) Awards and national honors, 2) impact on college football, 3) longevity for some stars, and 4) brilliance in one year for others.
And talent matters a little bit, too. But it’s mostly about accomplishments and the college football resume.
Disagree? Did we whiff on your guy? You’re probably right, and you won’t get much of a beef from us … let us know @ColFootballNews.
CFN 20th Anniversary First Team All-America Offense
QB – Tim Tebow, Florida (2006-2009)
66% completion rate, 9.285 passing yards, 88 TDs, 16 INT, 2,947 rushing yards, 57 TDs
The most celebrated and covered player in college football over the last 20 years, he was the first quarterback to run for 20 touchdowns and throw for 20 in the same season, won the 2007 Heisman, should’ve won the at least one other, and was the three-time All-SEC and All-American quarterback. Along with being Tebow, the national phenomenon, he won a national title, was a key part of another, and came within a 2009 SEC Championship vs. Alabama of likely winning a third.
RB – Reggie Bush, USC (2003-2005)
3,169 rushing yards (7.3 ypc), 25 TDs, 95 catches for 1,301 yards and 13 scores, 22.7 yards per kickoff return with a score, 12.7 yards per punt return with three touchdowns
Of course the amazing Reggie Bush era counts, NCAA. Arguably the best all-around offensive weapon in college football over the last 20 years, he was devastating as a kick returner, a runner and a receiver. And yes, NCAA, he won the 2005 Heisman, came close to winning another, and was a two-time All-American as he helped USC win two national titles and almost a third.
– Classic CFN: Reaction to NCAA USC/Reggie Bush Sanctions (2011)
RB – Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1998-1999)
3,559 yards and 35 TDs in 1998 & 1999
Yeah, only the stats from 1998 and beyond count when it comes to who the top players were over the last 20 years, but Dayne cranked up two great ones, carrying the Badgers to two Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowl wins. And yes, with the pressure on to become the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher – which he still is – he came through with a 2,034-yard senior season with a Heisman, the Doak Walker, and the Maxwell.
WR – Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (2009-2011)
253 catches for 3,564 yards and 40 TDs (14.1 ypc), one rushing touchdown
Flip a coin between Michael Crabtree and Blackmon for this spot. Blackmon had one extra year, starting out with a 20-catch, two touchdown first season. With 111 catches in 2019 and 122 in 2011, the two-time Biletnikoff winner and 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year was a two-time All-American.
WR – Larry Fitzgerald, Pitt (2002-2003)
161 catches for 2,677 yards and 34 TDs (16.6 yards per catch)
An unstoppable touchdown machine, Fitzgerald came up with a scoring grab in a then-record-setting 18 straight games. He dominated over the 2003 season, starting out with ten 100-yard games in the first 11 on the way to the Biletnikoff, the Walter Camp, and a second-place finish in the Heisman.
– Classic CFN: Interview with Larry Fitzgerald (2004)
TE – Chase Coffman, Missouri (2005-2008)
247 catches for 2,659 yards, 30 TDs (10.8 ypc)
A fantastic four-year receiving tight end for the high-powered Mizzou offense, Coffman finished up with a 90-catch, ten touchdown senior season. The two-time All-Big 12 target won the 2008 Mackey Award.
Yes, our offensive line is regardless of position. Give us these five, and we’ll figure it out.
OL – Shawn Andrews, Arkansas (2001-2003)
Arkansas was still a few years away from cranking up its truly devastating ground game with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones going gonzo, but the O was still strong with Andrews blasting away. He was a two-time All-American and All-SEC performer who never won an Outland or a Lombardi, but should’ve.
OL – Jammal Brown, Oklahoma (2000-2004)
He wasn’t bad for a defensive tackle. Early on, Brown moved over to the offensive side where he was the anchor and star for a few amazing Sooner offenses. The All-American and two-time All-Big 12 performer won the 2004 Outland.
OL – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2008-2012)
While he was nowhere near the most talented Alabama offensive lineman over the last 20 years, he was everything the Nick Saban lines have been all about. He started out at guard as part of a national title line. He moved to tackle for another national title line. He moved to center … for another national title line. He was a two-time All-American and All-SEC blocker – at two different positions – won a Rimington as the nation’s top center, and an Outland as a tackle.
OL – Robert Gallery, Iowa (1999-2003)
He started at right tackle in his first season, and then became one of the game’s most dominant left tackles. A two-time All-Big Ten performer earned 2003 All-American honors, too, along with the Outland Trophy.
OL – Bryant McKinnie, Miami (1999-2001)
On a few dominant Miami teams, McKinnie wasn’t the star of the show, but he wasn’t all that far off. A pass blocking machine, he literally grew into the tackles job where he eventually became a Heisman finalist, a two-time All-American, two-time All-Big East blocker, and the Outland winner.
CFN 20th Anniversary Second Team All-America Offense
QB – Matt Leinart, USC (2001-2004)
65% for 10,693 yards, 99 TDs, 23 INT, two national titles, Heisman Trophy, Heisman runner-up, Two-Time All-American, Two-time All-Pac-10
RB – Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (2004-2006)
4,041 yards, 41 TD, 24 catches for 198 yards I TD, three-time All-Big 12, 2004 All-American, Heisman runner-up
RB – Ricky Williams, Texas (1998)
Only one year in the CFN era, but ran for 2,124 yards and 27 TDs, caught 24 passes for 262 yards and one TD, Heisman, at the time was the NCAA all-time leading rusher
WR – Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (2007-2008)
231 catches, 3,127 yards, 41 TDs, two-time Biletnikoff winner, two-time All-American, two-time All-Big 12
WR – Charles Rogers, Michigan State (2000-2002)
135 catches, 2,821 yards, 27 TDs, 2002 Biletnikoff winner, two-time All-Big 12, 2002 All-American
TE – Heath Miller, Virginia (2002-2004)
144 catches, 1,703 yards, 20 TDs. Mackey winner, All-American, two-time All-ACC
OL – Greg Eslinger, Minnesota (2002-2005)
2005 Outland, 2005 Rimington, three-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten
OL – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (2000-2012)
2012 Outland, All-American, All-SEC, All-Big 12
OL – Chris Samuels, Alabama (1998-1999)
1999 Outland, All-American, All-SEC, Lombardi Semifinalist
OL – Andre Smith, Alabama (2006-2008)
2008 Outland, All-American, two-time All-SEC
OL – Joe Thomas, Wisconsin (2003-2006)
2006 Outland, All-American, two-time All-Big Ten
CFN 20th Anniversary Third Team All-America Offense
QB – Vince Young, Texas (2003-2005)
62%, 6,040 yards, 44 TDs, 28 INTs, 3,127 rushing yards, 37 TDs, one national title, Heisman runner-up, All-American, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien
RB – Derrick Henry, Alabama (2013-2015)
3,591 yards, 42 TDs, 16 catches for 291 yards and three scores, 2015 Heisman, Maxwell, Doak Walker, SEC Player of the Year, All-American, All-SEC, national championship
RB – Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2005-2007)
4,590 yards, 41 TDs, 46 catches for 365 yards and two scores, two-time Heisman runner-up, two-time Doak Walker winner, two-time SEC Player of the Year, two-time All-American, three-time All-SEC
WR – Amari Cooper, Alabama (2012-2014)
229 catches for 3,463 yards, 31 TDs, Biletnikoff Award, Heisman Finalist, All-American, All-SEC, two-time national champion
WR – Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (2004-2006)
178 catches for 2,927 yards, 28 TD, one rushing score, Biletnikoff Award, two-time All-American, Heisman finalist, three-time All-ACC
TE – Daniel Graham, Colorado (1998-2001)
106 catches, 1,543 yards, 11 TDs, 2001 Mackey Award, All-American, All-Big 12
OL – Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (2006-2010)
2010 Outland Trophy, All-American, All-Big Ten
OL – Kris Farris, UCLA (1997-1998)
1998 Outland Trophy, All-American, All-Pac-10
OL – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia (2001-2004)
All-American, two-time All-ACC, four-year starter
OL – Jake Long, Michigan (2004-2007)
Two-time All-American, Two-Time All-Big Ten, Outland and Lombardi Finalist
OL – Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (2006-2009)
Two-time All-American, Two-Time All-Big 12, Outland and Lombardi Finalist
CFN 20th Anniversary lists compiled by Rich Cirminiello, Pete Fiutak, Phil Harrison & Russ Mitchell
Photo Credits: USC, Florida and Pitt Athletic Departments