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2011 AFCA All-America team released

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 12:35 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) released it's 2011 All-America Team. Which means that these are the best players in the country as chosen by the men who coach for and against them every week. There are five members on this team from Alabama, which is the second most players ever selected from one school in any given season. The most belongs to the 2003 Oklahoma Sooners who had six members on the team.


QB - Andrew Luck, Stanford
RB - Trent Richardson, Alabama
RB - Montee Ball, Wisconsin
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
WR - Jordan White, Western Michigan
TE - Orson Charles, Georgia
OL - Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
OL - Barrett Jones, Alabama
C - Peter Konz, Wisconsin
OL - David DeCastro, Stanford
OL - Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State


DL - Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
DL - Alex Okafor, Texas
DL - Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DL - Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
LB - Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia
LB - Lavonte David, Nebraska
DB - Mark Barron, Alabama
DB - Morris Claiborne, LSU
DB - Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
DB - DeQuan Menzie, Alabama


PK - Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
P - Shawn Powell, Florida State
AP - LaMichael James, Oregon

Justin Blackmon and LaMichael James are the only players on the team who were selected last season.

As for potential snubs, I'm not going to make too big a deal out of any one position because every year there are a lot of players who deserve the honor that don't make the cut. Though I will point out how Robert Griffin didn't make the team, and many are predicting he's going to win the Heisman Trophy. Then there's Tyrann Mathieu who is another Heisman finalist, yet he didn't make the team while his secondary teammate Morris Claiborne did.

I also have to point out that Brad Wing should be the punter on every postseason team this year, I don't care that he's only a freshman.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:19 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released


Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:11 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released


The national title game will not resemble the game in Tuscaloosa.

This will be a different Bama team, and I would not want to be LSU.
They will not defeat Bama twice in one season.

This will not be a low scoring game either.

There is only one team that LSU is not looking forward to playing - the Crimson Tide.

I can assure you that they were hoping that OK State would be their opponent.

Congrats Mark, Trent, DeQuan, Barrett, and Dont'a!  And kudos to Nick!

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:48 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released


Like I said earlier, Claiborne is the best DB on LSU's defense. He just doesn't force fumbles but he makes up for it in picks and he doesn't have as many tackles because most people avoid throwing to his side of the field. (he is that good). And Mathieu was a non factor for 3 to 4 games before the Arkansas game. Mathieu is an average cover back who is good a stripping the ball and he ran back two touchdowns at the end of the year.

And yes, the 2 DB's from Alabama deserve it. On that logic, Weeden beat more ranked teams and performed better than Luck but for some reason, Luck was chosen..*shrugs*

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:51 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released

Tyrann Mathieu was left off the AFCA All American team?  You have got to be kidding and Alabama had two of their DB's on the team?  What a crock!  Mathieu, in addition to being the most exciting Defensive Player in the Nation does so many other things as well.  He leads the Tigers, the Nations Best Defensive team in tackles and is 2nd in the Nation in Punt Returns, 3rd in the Nation in Forced Fumbles, First in Fumles Recovered and has scored 4 Defensive TD's.  Yeah, yeah, I know AL is ranked #1 in Total Defense, but LSU has played (& beaten) 8 ranked teams and AL has only played 4 and beat 3.  The fact that he DIDN'T make the AFCA All American team removes all credibility and renders this ranking moot.  

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:07 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released

I know no-one gets excited about the punters, but I would agree with the comment about Brad Wing. The australian freshman allowed a total of 6 return-yards for the entire season on 50 punts!! His 73 yard punt against Bama late in the 4th quarter from the endzone was clutch as was his ability to flip the field during that game and all season. Oh, and by the way, he punts with both his left and right foot. He will be recognized as an all-american before he is finished at LSU.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:15 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released

I've seen most of LSU's games and I think this is about right. At the position of DB, he is an average cover back at best. The best and most consistent DB on LSU is Claiborne. Mathieu was hot in the beginning, began to cool down, got caught with the synthetic weed, and was a non factor until the last 2 games. He hasn't be consistent and I guess in this poll, they were looking for someone who has showed up at their position all season. What Mathieu has going for him is the strips and the 2 punt returns in the last 2 games of season. And, this is just my opinion, but the most exciting player that I've seen play this year was RG3..he is good!

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:42 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released

WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! LSU's Tyrann Mathieu is in the TOP 5 in the Heisman voting & is invited to New York for the presentation & he IS NOT on the 1st team ALL-AMERICAN team? What kind of CRAP is that? By him going to New York to be a part of the Heisman presentation, DOESN'T that tell you that he is THE BEST DEFENSIVE player in college football? HELLLLLLLLLLLLLO!!!!!!!
Instead, they put Markelle Martin (DB) from OKlahoma State, WHY???????????????? I'm sure he is a good player, BUT Mathieu IS the BEST defensive player & PROBABLY MOST exciting player in college football!!!! Also, Oklahoma State is 106th in TOTAL defense, while LSU is 2nd!!!!!! These voters NEED to get a F%%%ING CLUE!!!! IF, you have your ALL-American defensive backfield, from LSU & Alabama, does it really matter? NO, it doesn't!!!

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:29 pm

2011 AFCA All-America team released


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