2018 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Special Teams

2018 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Special Teams

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2018 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Team: Special Teams

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Who were the biggest special teams of the 2018 college football season? They’re the 2018 CFN All-America Special Teamers. 


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Placekickers

CFN First-Team All-American

1. Cole Tracy, Sr. LSU

He started out the season as a cult hero hitting four field goals against Miami, and he continued with the big kicks including a 42-yarder to beat Auburn. In the season-changing 20-point win over Georgia he hit all five of his tries, and followed it up with four more field goals in the 19-3 win over Mississippi State. On the year, he connected on 25-of-29 tries, with only a 33-yard miss against Alabama the only misfire under 49 yards.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Cooper Rothe, Soph. Wyoming

For an offense that couldn’t move the ball and struggled to put points on the board, having an accurate kicker at least got something out of drives – even if going 6-6 didn’t lead to a bowl game. Rothe was the nation’s most accurate kicker, hitting 94% of his tries with the only miss coming from 43 yards out in the win over San Jose State. Other than that, he was 5-of-6 from beyond 40.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Andre Szmyt, Syracuse, Fr.
4. Matt Gay, Sr. Utah
5. Jet Toner, Stanford, Jr.
6. Jake Verity, Jr. East Carolina
7. Haden Tobola, Sr. Rice
8. Seth Small, Fr. Texas A&M
9. Christopher Dunn, Fr. NC State
10. Tyler Bass, Jr. Georgia Southern


Punters

CFN First-Team All-American

1. Braden Mann, Jr. Texas A&M

A weapon and game-changer, he came up with one of the greatest seasons ever by a punter, blasting away for over 51 yards per kick – no one else averaged over 48.3 yards – putting 18 inside the 20 and pushing 26 of his 47 kicks over 50 yards.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Ryan Stonehouse, Soph. Colorado State

The nation’s best combination of average and volume of attempts, he was used way too often with 65 kicks while finishing second in the nation averaging 48.3 yards per kick. He put 18 inside the 20 and cranked 31 of them over 50 yards.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. James Smith, Cincinnati, Soph.
4. Jack Sheldon, Sr. Central Michigan
5. Jack Fox, Sr. Rice
6. Logan Tyler, Jr. Florida State
7. Brandon Wright, Jr. Georgia State
8. Mitch Wishnowsky, Sr. Utah
9. Yannis Routsas, Sr. UTSA
10. Thomas Bennett, Jr. Tulsa


Kick Returners

CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. Savon Scarver, Soph. Utah State

As if one of college football’s best offenses needed more of a boost, Scarver was the best kick returner averaging a nation-high 34.24 yards per try with two touchdowns. He was used a bit as a receiver, but he was at his best as a steady return man highlighted by a kick-six in the 24-16 win over Wyoming.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Michael Walker, Sr. Boston College

The most consistently terrific return man throughout the season, he gets here on reliability. Others scored more, and others averaged more, but Walker lead the nation by a mile in total kickoff return yards with 1,020 – over 200 yards more than the No. 2 man. His 3.3 returns per game also blew away the rest of the field – a full half a return per game more than everyone else.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Hassan Hall, Fr. Louisville
4. Maurice Ffrench, Jr. Pitt
5. De’Quan Bowman, Sr. Texas Tech
6. Jason Huntley, Jr. New Mexico State
7. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Soph. Iowa
8. Isaiah Wright, Jr. Temple
9. Juanyeh Thomas, Fr. Georgia Tech
10. Raymond Calais, Jr. Louisiana


Punt Returners

CFN First-Team All-American

1. Mecole Hardman, Jr. Georgia

Second in the nation in average yards per pop, Hardman was a threat every time he got a chance – and was avoided whenever possible by punters. He returned a kick for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee, but he was able to break free enough in several big games to be a dangerous difference-maker. Kentucky was hit by a 65-yard return, Florida gave up a 26-yarder, and he had four returns of more than 20 yards.

CFN Second-Team All-American

2. Marcus Hayes, Fr. New Mexico

The nation’s leading punt returner, he and Mecole Hardman were the only ones who averaged over 20 yards per try – they were the only ones to average ore 16.5 yards per try. He came up with 21.2 yards per return, including an 85-yarder for a score for the only positive thing that happened in the loss to Boise State.

CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans

3. Greg Dortch, Soph. Wake Forest
4. Pop Williams, Jr. Memphis
5. Dazz Newsome, Soph. North Carolina
6. Amari Rodgers, Soph. Clemson
7. Ronnie Blackmon, Soph. Colorado
8. Michael Walker, Sr. Boston College
9. KJ Osborn, Jr. Buffalo
10. Isaiah Wright, Jr. Temple

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