CFN First-Team All-Americans
1. Grant Delpit, Soph. LSU
Greedy Williams might have been the national star in the LSU secondary, and Devin White turned in one of the best seasons by any linebacker, but Delpit was every bit as impressive as the best safety in college football. He made 73 tackles – with ten stops against Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State – and got into the backfield, too, with five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He broke up nine passes with five picks.
2. Deionte Thompson, Jr. Alabama
There weren’t any issues trying to find new parts in the Crimson Tide secondary, helped by the emergence of Thompson at free safety. Good last year in the rotation, he was fantastic this season finishing second on the team with 70 tackles with two interceptions and five broken up passes with three forced fumbles.
CFN Second-Team All-Americans
3. Richie Grant, Soph. UCF
UCF is known mostly for its high-powered offense – with the defense along for the ride, and porous at times – but Grant turned in a tremendous year with a team-leading 102 tackles, coming up with 16 stops against the Navy option and with 12 in three other games. Great at attacking the ball in the air, too, he spread out his six interceptions over the season, including a pick against Memphis in the American Athletic title game.
4. Amani Hooker, Jr. Iowa
The hype built throughout the offseason, and then he came through as hoped finishing second on the team with 59 tackles – with 11 against Wisconsin – with four interceptions and seven broken up passes for the Big Ten’s best scoring defense and seventh-best D overall.
CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
5. Taylor Rapp, Jr. Washington
6. Jonathan Abram, Sr. Mississippi State
7. Delvon Randall, Sr. Temple
8. Juan Thornhill, Sr. Virginia
9. Andre Cisco, Fr. Syracuse
10. Reed Blankenship, Soph. Middle Tennessee