2017 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Special Teams

2017 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Special Teams


2017 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Special Teams


Who were the biggest offensive stars of the 2017 college football season? They’re the 2017 CFN All-America Special Teamers. 

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1. Matt Gay, Jr. Utah

A bomber for a team that stalled way too often offensively, he hit 27-of-31 field goals with a long of 56 and with eight from beyond 50 yards. Every field goal was from beyond 30 yards with 19 of the 27 from past 40.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Eddy Piniero, Jr. Florida

Remember when the kicking game was such a nightmare? For an offensively-challenged team, Pineiro did his part to save the day, hitting 17-of-18 field goals including six from beyond 40. He led the nation in field goal percentage.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Dominik Eberle Soph. Utah State
4. Daniel Carlson, Sr. Auburn
5. Griffin Oakes, Sr. Indiana
6. Jameson Vest, Jr. Toledo
7. Jared Sackett, Fr. UTSA
8. Trevor Moore, Sr. North Texas
9. Rodrigo Blankenship, Soph. Georgia
10. Jace Christmann, Fr. Mississippi State


1. JK Scott, Sr. Alabama

One of the biggest weapons for a team that didn’t quite have the offensive dominance of the recent past, he averaged 43.48 yards per kick with 22 put inside the 20 and 14 from beyond 50. On the year, opponents returned four kicks for five yards – he is redefining hang time.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Michael Dickson, Jr. Texas

The best friend of the Longhorn defense, he averaged 48.38 yards per kick putting 32 inside the 20 and cranking out 34 of more than 50 yards. Opponents averaged 6.59 yards per return.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Trevor Daniel, Sr. Tennessee
4. Corey Bojorquez, Sr. New Mexico
5. Shane Tripucka, Sr. Texas A&M
6. Michael Carrizosa, Sr. San Jose State
7. Mitch Wisnowsky, Jr. Utah
8. Joseph Davidson, Sr. Bowling Green
9. Corey Fatony, Jr. Missouri
10. Drue Chrisman, Soph. Ohio State

Kick & Punt Returners

KR Tony Pollard, Soph. Memphis

The nation’s leading kickoff returner by a mile, he averaged 42.4 yards per try with four scores. His return for a score was the difference in the wins over Houston and ULM.

PR Dante Pettis, Sr. Washington

A historically amazing punt returner with nine all-time scores, he returned a punt for a score in each of the first three games, and again later in the season against Oregon. He averaged over 20 yards per try, even though everyone went way, way out of their way to make sure he didn’t get the ball.

CFN Second-Team All-American

KR Marcus Green, Jr. ULM

Others had more returns and more yards, but Green still finished fifth in the nation averaging 32.44 yards per try. The difference between him and the rest of the pack? He tied Pollard with four scores including one that was the difference in the win over Appalachian State, and another in the eight-point win over Coastal Carolina.

PR D.J. Reed, Jr. Kansas State

Brilliant as both a kick and punt returner before missing the final two games, he averaged 35.33 yards per kickoff return with a score against Kansas, and cranked up over 17 yards per punt return with a touchdown.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

5. KR Marcus Jones, Fr. Troy
6. PR Michael Walker, Jr. Boston College
7. PR KaVontae Turpin, Jr. TCU
8. KR Rashaad Penny, Sr. SDSU
9. KR Isaiah Harper, Jr. Old Dominion
10. PR Shun Brown, Jr. Arizona

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