2017 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Offense

2017 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Offense


2017 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Offense


Who were the biggest offensive stars of the 2017 college football season? They’re the 2017 CFN All-America Offensive Players 

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CFN First-Team All-American

1. Baker Mayfield, Sr. Oklahoma

Brilliant, he put together a special season hitting 71% of his passes for 4,340 yards and 41 scores with just five picks, averaged a nation-best 11.8 yards per throw, and ran for five scores. The Big 12 Championship and trips to the College Football Playoff weren’t bad, either.

The Oklahoma State shootout game was what he’ll be remembered for in the regular season, but this was better …

CFN Second-Team All-Americans

2.. Lamar Jackson, Jr. Louisville

Another special season, he carried an okay team with his talent, completing 60% of his passes for 3,489 yards and 25 scores, and ran for 1,443 yard and 17 scores. He threw just six interceptions, too.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Mason Rudolph, Sr. Oklahoma State
4. McKenzie Milton, Soph. UCF
5. Sam Darnold, Soph. USC
6. Josh Rosen, Jr. UCLA
7. Khalil Tate, Soph. Arizona
8. Quinton Flowers, Sr. South Florida
9. J.T. Barrett, Sr. Ohio State
10. Logan Woodside, Sr. Toledo

Running Backs

CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. Bryce Love, Jr. Stanford

Imagine what he could’ve done if he was healthy over the second half of the season. He gutted it out on one good leg for most of the year, and he still ran for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns averaging over eight yards per try.

2. Rashaad Penny, Sr. San Diego State

Brilliant as the nation’s top all-purpose yardage leader, he ran for 2,027 yard and 19 touchdowns, caught 18 passes for 142 yards and two scores, and helped SDSU beat Bryce Love’s Stanford team, too.

CFN Second-Team All-Americans

3. Jonathan Taylor, Fr. Wisconsin

Okay, there was that little fumbling problem, but he over came that to put together an amazing season – even for a Badger back – with 1,847 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first year.

4. Devin Singletary, Soph. Florida Atlantic

The nation’s leading touchdown rusher by a mile, he finished with 29 – ten more than the next top running backs – with 1,796 yards as he carried Lane Kiffin’s offense to a Conference USA title.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

5. Ronald Jones II, Jr. USC
6. Kerryon Johnson, Jr. Auburn
7. Saquon Barkley, Jr. Penn State
8. D’Angelo Brewer, Sr. Tulsa
9. AJ Dillon, Fr. Boston College
10. Royce Freeman, Sr. Oregon

Wide Receivers

CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. James Washington Sr. Oklahoma State

He was expected to have an All-American season, and he delivered. Others had more catches and more yards and more scores, but his impact was massive for the Oklahoma State offensive machine, averaging 20.6 yards per catch on 69 grabs for 1,423 yards and 12 scores.

2. Anthony Miller, Sr. Memphis

Unstoppable, everyone knew what was coming, and it just didn’t matter. He caught 92 passes for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns, saving one of his best performances for the American Athletic Conference Championship, with 14 grabs and there scores.

CFN Second-Team All-Americans

3. David Sills V, Jr. West Virginia

The nation’s leader in touchdown catches, he was Will Grier’s main man with 18 scores on 60 catches for 980 yards.

4. Michael Gallup, Sr. Colorado State

Third in the nation in catches (94), fifth in yards (1,345 yards) with seven touchdowns, he was the explosive home run hitter for the dangerous Ram attack.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

5. Trey Quinn, Jr. SMU
6. Anthony Johnson, Jr. Buffalo
7. Tre’Quan Smith, Jr. UCF
8. Keke Coutee, Jr. Texas Tech
9. Steve Ishmael, Sr. Syracuse
10. Diontae Johnson, Soph. Toledo

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Tight Ends

CFN First-Team All-American

1. Mark Andrews, Jr. Oklahoma

It wasn’t a big year for tight ends, but Andrews would’ve been an all-star in just about any year, catching a team-high 58 passes for 906 yards and eight scores.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Adam Breneman, Sr. UMass

The UMass offense was always producing through the air, and he was more than just a safety valve. He only caught four touchdown passes, but he was like another wide receiver with 64 catches for 764 yards.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Mike Gesicki, Sr. Penn State
4. Troy Fumagalli, Sr. Wisconsin
5. Christopher Herndon, Sr. Miami
6. Jake Roh, Sr. Boise State
7. Jordan Akins, Sr. UCF
8. Hayden Hurst, Jr. South Carolina
9. Blake Mack, Sr. Arkansas State
10. Deon Yelder, Sr. WKU

Offensive Tackles

CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. Orlando Brown, Jr. Oklahoma

The three-year starter helped push a running game that lost most of last year’s stars, and was terrific anyway. Someone had to keep Mr. Mayfield in one piece – he was the NFL-caliber blocker for the phenomenal offense.

2. Mike McGlinchey, Sr. Notre Dame

He would’ve been the first offensive tackle off the board had he entered the NFL Draft last season. Instead, the 6-8, 314-pounder made the running game rock as part of a brilliant left side of the Irish line.

CFN Second-Team All-Americans

3. Mitch Hyatt Jr. Clemson

The superstar recruit more than lived up to the hype and hope over his first three seasons. This year, he was one of the key to an offense that needed to break in a slew of new moving parts on the way to the CFP.

4. Martinas Rankin, Sr. Mississippi State

One of the nation’s most versatile blockers – someone at the next level might like him at guard. But for now, he owned the left tackle spot for the Dan Mullen offense.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

5. Tyrell Crosby, Sr. Oregon
6. Michael Deiter, Jr. Wisconsin
7. Isaiah Wynn, Sr. Georgia
8. Dalton Risner, Jr. Kansas State
9. Jonah Williams, Soph. Alabama
10. Brian O’Neill, Jr. Pitt

Offensive Guards

CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. Quenton Nelson, Sr. Notre Dame

Paired next to Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame had an NFL left side of the line. The 6-5, 330-pound blaster destroyed defensive interiors for a running attack that owned out of the first half of the season.

2. Beau Benzschawel Jr. Wisconsin

There might not have been a slew of big, national names on the Badger line, but the 6-6, 317-pound Benzschawel was close. Not just a pounder for Jonathan Taylor, he was a killer in pass protection.

CFN Second-Team All-Americans

3. Cody O’Connell, Sr. Washington State

“The Continent” did it again. After jumping on the national watch list for every major lineman award last year, he was just as strong. At 6-8 and 354 pounds, he’s impossible to get around.

4. Braden Smith, Sr. Auburn

The 2016 all-star was the key to the Tiger line again, bashing away for Kerryon Johnson as part of an outstanding season for the front five.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

5. Nate Herbig, Soph. Stanford
6. Chukwuma Okorafor, Sr. Western Michigan
7. Tyrone Crowder Sr. Clemson
8. Will Hernandez, Sr. UTEP
9. Sean Welsh, Sr. Iowa
10. Jeremy Hall, Sr. USF


CFN First-Team All-American

1. Billy Price, Sr. Ohio State

A factory now for centers, Ohio State has made it a glamour position. The former all-star guard move to the middle for Pat Elflein. A leader before, he took it to another level as the right fit to run the Big Ten champion offense.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Will Clapp, Jr. LSU

Was he going to be a guard or a center? The star blocker for the Tigers over the last few years was the man in the middle, leading a young, talented line that turned into a pleasant surprise.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Bradley Bozeman, Jr. Alabama
4. Brian Allen, Sr. Michigan State
5. Frank Ragnow, Sr. Arkansas
6. Erick Wren, Sr. Oklahoma
7. Justin Falcinelli, Jr. Clemson
8. Ryan Anderson, Jr. Wake Forest
9. Coleman Shelton, Jr. Washington
10. Alec Eberle, Jr. Florida State

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