Pro Football Weekly announces 2012 All-America team

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It's time for another All-America team -- here's the selection if you've missed it -- but this one comes with a twist. It's the Pro Football Weekly team, and it's not particularly concerned with production or achievement on the college football field -- not nearly as much as the potential for that production on the professional field. 

As the PFW's introduction writes:

PFW’s All-America team annually honors college football’s most talented players and is determined based on extensive evaluation and considerable feedback from NFL evaluators, taking into consideration how players grade out both in their assignments and by the quality of critical playing traits. PFW honors are distinguished by the premium placed on skill, football temperament and instincts and seek to recognize players we expect will become outstanding pros.

It's not the approach we'd endorse for anyone other than PFW, but it provides an interesting (of, if you prefer, misleading) alternative perspective -- one in which Syracuse Orange 's Ryan Nassib , the second-team quarterback in All-Big East voting, is a first-team All-American.

Here's the team:


QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, Sr.

RB Montee Ball , Wisconsin Badgers , Sr.

FB J.C. Copeland , LSU Tigers , Jr.

WR Marqise Lee , Southern California Trojans , Soph.

WR Sammy Watkins , Clemson Tigers , Soph.

TE Tyler Eifert , Notre Dame Fighting Irish , Sr.

OT Luke Joeckel , Texas Longhorns A&M, Jr.

OT Eric Fisher , Central Michigan Chippewas , Sr.

OG Chance Warmack , Alabama Crimson Tide , Sr.

OG Jonathan Cooper , North Carolina Tar Heels , Sr.

C Travis Frederick , Wisconsin, Jr.

Honorable mention

QB Teddy Bridgewater , Louisville Cardinals , Soph.; QB AJ McCarron , Alabama, Jr.; RB Eddie Lacy , Alabama, Jr.; RB Johnathan Franklin , UCLA Bruins , Sr.; FB Trey Millard , Oklahoma Sooners , Jr.; WR Terrance Williams , Baylor Bears , Sr.; WR DeAndre Hopkins , Clemson, Jr.; WR Justin Hunter , Tennessee Volunteers , Jr.; WR Quinton Patton , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs , Sr.; TE Zach Ertz , Stanford Cardinal , Jr.; TE Gavin Escobar , San Diego State Aztecs , Jr.; OT Taylor Lewan , Michigan Wolverines , Jr.; OT Jake Matthews , Texas A&M, Jr.; OT D.J. Fluker , Alabama, Jr.; OT Brian Winters , Kent State Golden Flashes , Sr.; OG Gabe Jackson , Mississippi State Bulldogs , Jr.; OG Cyril Richardson , Baylor, Jr.; C Barrett Jones , Alabama, Sr.


DE Jadeveon Clowney , South Carolina Gamecocks , Soph.

DE Bjoern Werner , Florida State, Jr.

DT Sylvester Williams , North Carolina, Sr.

DT Bennie Logan , LSU, Jr.

ILB Manti Te'o , Notre Dame, Sr.

OLB Dion Jordan , Oregon Ducks , Sr.

OLB Jarvis Jones , Georgia Bulldogs , Jr.

CB Dee Milliner , Alabama, Jr.

CB Logan Ryan , Rutgers Scarlet Knights , Jr.

S Tony Jefferson , Oklahoma, Jr.

S Kenny Vaccaro , Texas, Sr.

Honorable mention

DE Damontre Moore , Texas A&M, Jr.; DE Sam Montgomery , LSU, Jr.; DE Ezekiel Ansah , Brigham Young Cougars , Sr.; DE Morgan Breslin , USC, Jr.; DT Stephon Tuitt , Notre Dame, Soph.; DT Star Lotulelei , Utah Utes , Sr.; DT Sheldon Richardson , Missouri Tigers , Jr.; DT Johnathan Hankins , Ohio State Buckeyes , Jr.; ILB Kevin Minter , LSU, Jr.; ILB Max Bullough , Michigan State Spartans , Jr.; OLB C.J. Mosley , Alabama, Jr.; OLB Michael Mauti , Penn State Nittany Lions , Sr.;CB Darius Slay , Mississippi State, Sr.; CB Jamar Taylor , Boise State Broncos , Sr.; S Eric Reid , LSU, Jr.; S D.J. Swearinger , South Carolina, Sr.; S Zeke Motta , Notre Dame, Sr.


PK Dustin Hopkins , Florida State Seminoles , Sr.

P Ryan Allen , Louisiana Tech, Sr.

RS Tavon Austin , West Virginia Mountaineers , Sr.

Honorable mention

PK Quinn Sharp , Oklahoma State Cowboys , Sr.; P Kyle Christy , Florida, Soph.; RS Ace Sanders , South Carolina, Jr.; RS Giovani Bernard , North Carolina, R-Soph.

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