ACC lands six on All-America team

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

NEW YORK — Three players were return selections and No. 1-ranked Florida State placed four players on The Associated Press All-America football team.

Selections by a panel of AP college football poll voters were released Tuesday.

The Seminoles, who play No. 2 Auburn for the national title Jan. 6, helped the Atlantic Coast Conference put six players on the first team to match the Pac-12 and SEC for the most from any conference. FSU landed Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston, center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner.

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season.

Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, the dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.

Carey, a junior, is second in the nation in rushing after leading last year, but said he thinks he's a better player now.

"I worked hard to improve my speed and strength in the offseason while keeping my speed," Carey said. "I put on 10 pounds of weight and I think that's helped my durability. I also wanted to be a better blocker away from the ball. Blocking for our quarterback and our receivers is key to our system and it's important that I do my part even when I'm not carrying the ball."

Carey and Williams are set to compete on the same field this bowl season when Arizona and Boston College meet in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31. It will mark the first time since the 1977 Rose Bowl that two players selected first-team AP All-America at running back then faced off in a bowl. That game featured Michigan's Rob Lytle and Southern California's Ricky Bell.

Mosley, a senior, was the leading tackler for a defense that ranked fifth in the country in yards allowed per game. Sutton, a senior, was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year for the season straight season.

Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan made the second team, along with offensive tackle Cameron Erving. The Seminoles had six players on the three teams, the most of any school.

Auburn placed Heisman finalist Tre' Mason on the second team at running back and offensive lineman Reese Dismukes and Gregory Robinson on the third team.

Texas A&M Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel, last year's Heisman winner and All-American quarterback, made the second team. Alabama's AJ McCarron, another Heisman finalist, is the third-team quarterback for the second consecutive season.

The first-team receivers are Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who leads the nation in yards receiving (139.2 per game), and Texas A&M's Mike Evans, who is averaging 20.3 yards a catch.

Texas Tech's Jace Amaro is the first-team tight end. The senior leads all tight ends in catches (98) and yards (1,240).

Joining Stork on the offensive line are Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, as well as Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and Stanford guard David Yankey. Richardson and Yankey were second-team All-Americans last season.

Mosley and Sutton are on the first-team defense with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who won the Nagurski and Bednarik awards as the nation's best defensive player and the Outland and Lombardi as the country's best lineman.

Missouri's Michael Sam, the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, and Jackson Jeffcoat, the Big 12 defensive player of the year, are the defensive ends. UCLA's Anthony Barr and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier round out the linebackers.

Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, one of the leaders of the nation's top-ranked defense, is the other cornerback with Joyner. The safeties are Mississippi's Cody Prewitt and Washington State's Deone Bucannon.

Tom Hornsey of Memphis made the first team as the punter.

From the ACC, in addition to the Florida State contingent, on the second and third teams were four players.

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley were picked on the second team. Georgia tech defensive end Jeremiah Attacochu was named third team.