CFN First-Team All-Americans
1. Josh Allen, Sr. Kentucky
Remembering that Kentucky’s season relied on the tough running game and amazing defense to stay in the SEC East race. It was the 6-5, 260-pound Allen who was the dominant force on the defensive side with 84 tackles, 14 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. He tied for the nation-lead in forced fumbles, was fourth in sacks, and was tenth in tackles for loss, with two sacks or more in four of his last eight games.
2. Devin White, Jr. LSU
A guided missile for one of the nation’s top defenses, White was the tone-setter for the Tiger defensive front with a team-high 115 tackles with three sacks and 12 tackles for loss. It wasn’t his job to be much of a pass rusher, but he was great a generating pressure when needed, was solid in pass coverage, and hit everything in sight, with 17 tackles against Texas A&M and 13 against Georgia.
3. Devin Bush, Jr. Michigan
All over the field for one of the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense and third-best in total D, he rolled up 79 tackles with five sacks and nine tackles for loss, bringing the pop with a season-high 12 stops against Indiana. Excellent in pass coverage, he broke up six passes from his spot in the middle.
CFN Second-Team All-Americans
4. Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr. Washington
The nation’s leading tackler came up with ten more than the No. 2 man as the only guy with over 160 stops – only five other players cranked up more than 140. The star of the Pac-12 champion made 165 tackles with a sack and four tackles for loss with six broken up passes and four forced fumbles.
5. Khalil Hodge, Sr. Buffalo
He’s not Khalil Mack when it comes to rushing the passer, but like the former UB star, Hodge was able to take over games. He power up 138 tackles – highlighted by a 20-stop game against Army – with 1.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, and an interception.
6. Dylan Moses, Soph. Alabama
The sophomore took over on the weakside of the Alabama linebacking corps and led the way with a solid 76 tackles in an All-SEC season. While not necessarily a pass rusher, he came up with 3.5 sacks with ten tackles for loss, and was terrific against the the run.
CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
7. Chase Hansen, Sr. Utah
8. Jeff Allison, Jr. Fresno State
9. David Long, Jr. West Virginia
10. EJ Ejiya, Sr. North Texas