Sporting News' 2020 All-American teams picks include players from all 10 FBS conferences.
The four College Football Playoff teams have added 16 players to our first and second team. Alabama led all schools with seven picks, including six first-team players. Quarterback Mac Jones, Najee Harris, and receiver DeVonta Smith were among those picks. Ohio State, Notre Dame and Clemson teamed up for nine players on our first and second teams.
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The SEC chaired all conferences with 13 selections, followed by the ACC with 12. SN is one of five outlets used to determine All-American consensus status. With this in mind, our 2020 All-American Team.
Sporting News 2020 All-American Team
First team offensive
QB: Mac Jones, Alabama
Jones led the FBS with a degree of completion of 76.5, 11.4 yards per attempt and a passerby rating of 202.3 – a mark slightly higher than Joe Burrow's 202.0 last season. The Crimson Tide quarterback did so while completing a total of 3,739 yards, 32 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Jones handled the Alabama offense with remarkable efficiency and stood out in big games. He set the SEC championship game record with 418 yards against Florida.
RB: Najee Harris, Alabama
Harris rushed for 1,262 yards and 24 touchdowns, breaking Alabama's record for rushing yards (3,639) and touchdowns (44). Harris is a rounded running back who continues to be an asset in the receiving game (32 receptions, 316 yards, three touchdowns). Harris finished that season with five points in the SEC championship game against the Gators, which secured his place on the team that season.
RB: Breece Hall, State of Iowa
The Cyclones were one of the surprise stories of 2020, and Hall's dynamic talent was a big part of that success. He led the FBS with 1,606 meters from the abyss. The second player opened the season with eight straight 100-yard games, scoring at least one touchdown in every competition. This consistency was remarkable throughout the season.
WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Smith ran the FBS at receptions (98) and reception yards (1,511) and used that production to rack up 17 touchdowns. He became the top receiver in college football, taking on games. This included a performance with 15 catches and 184 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC championship game. As a bonus, Smith averaged 24.9 yards per punt return and added a score. Smith is SN's Player of the Year – the first recipient to win the award since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991.
WR: Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
Ole Miss' recipient pipeline is running smoothly and this could be a sign that Lane Kiffin is under pressure. Moore made a total of 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020, and scored at least 10 receptions in all but one game. He also had three games at 200 yards or more. Moore went from being a goal in the red zone to being a big play receiver, and his 91-yard touchdown against South Carolina showed that big play ability.
TE: Kyle Pitts, Florida
Pitts scored four touchdowns in the opener against Ole Miss and the tight end of 6-6, 246 pounds remained a nightmare for the opposing defense throughout the year. He had 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns – an average of 17.9 yards per catch. Despite being hit during the season, Pitts made three games 100 yards or more. He is a finalist in the Biletnikoff Prize, which proves his worth as the dominant option for pass catching.
OT: Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
Eichenberg made the decision to stay at school and this helped maintain a seasoned offensive line at Notre Dame that was plowed by the ACC in the regular season. The Irish have other deserved options up front, but Eichenberg stood out on a unit that overtakes and races on average more than 200 meters per game. He is a finalist for the Outland Award 2020, which will be given to the best interior designers on both sides of the ball.
OT: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
The left attacker lived up to his first-round settlement as a veteran presence in Alabama's offense. Leatherwood played 600 snaps this season with only one penalty and two sacks allowed. He's the outer anchor for Jones and his versatility will continue to pay off at the next level.
G: Wyatt Davis, State of Ohio
Davis is the only two-time SN first-team All-American on this list. He picked the season again when the Big Ten returned to play, and he picked up where he left off in 2019. The state of Ohio averaged 275.7 rushing yards per game, and the interior paved the way for Trey Sermon's 331-yard performance in the Big Ten championship games.
G: Kenyon Green, Texas A & M.
The sophomore year built on an impressive first year to become a dominant run-blocking force as the second child. This contributed to an improved offensive from Aggies, which averaged 202.9 yards per game. Kellen Mond took fewer sacks and Green was one of the reasons for this significant improvement. Watch as its population continues to grow as the upper class.
C: Landon Dickerson, Alabama
Dickerson's worth was seen when he suffered an end-of-season injury in the SEC championship game against Florida. He was a dominant force inside for an Alabama crime that averaged 189.8 rushing yards per game. Dickerson has appeared as a team leader and is one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy. This would continue a tradition set by previous Alabama winners Barrett Jones (2012) and Ryan Kelly (2015).
ATH: Travis Etienne, Clemson
Etienne's role in Clemson's misdemeanor developed in 2020. He rushed for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns, which gave him a career average of 7.3 yards per carry. However, the Tigers also used Etienne more on the girth and he rewarded this with 44 catches for 524 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 24.7 yards per kick return. Etienne has 6,011 meters from the brink for his career.
Defense of the first team
DL: Patrick Jones II, Pitt
Jones had a total of 8.5 sacks last season and showed the same consistency as part of a tandem with Rashad Weaver. He improved in 2020 with nine sacks and 12.5 tackles against losses – both highs in one season – and a total of 42 tackles for the Panthers. Jones had two games with three sacks and at least one tackle game in six games that season.
DL: Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
Nixon is an Outland Trophy finalist after an all-round season with the Hawkeyes that included 5.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in eight games. He even added a 71-yard interception for a touchdown against Penn State. The 6-3, 305-pound defensive device became one of the Big Ten's greatest playmakers.
DL: Cade Hall, San Jose State
The state of San Jose has been a surprisingly undefeated team that season, and Hall was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Mountain West Conference as a result of a 10-sack campaign. Hall became a dominant player on the track, earning two sacks in the MWC conference championship game against Boise State. He is one of the surprise artists of 2020.
DL: Darius Stills, West Virginia
The climbers showed an improvement in defense, and Stills was involved. He was a disruptive force in the interior, ending with 3.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. The 285-pound defensive device also proved to be a run-stopper on the way to the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year awards.
LB: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
The Butkus Prize winner was a constant playmaker for the Irish in their first season at the ACC. He had lost a total of 56 tackles and 11 tackles, but three forced fiddles and one interception. In two games against Clemson, Koramoah had 16 tackles – 4.5 for loss – one forced fumble and one forced rebound for a touchdown. The Irish will count on him when they return to the playoffs.
LB: Zaven Collins, Tulsa
Collins had a notable season leading the Golden Hurricane to the AAC championship game. He had a slew of 54 tackles and 7.5 tackles for the loss, but it was the four sacks and four interceptions – including a walk-off pick-six against Tulane – that made the Nagurski Prize winner better known. He took advantage of the spotlight.
LB: Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
The tar heels had ups and downs in defense, but Surratt was a consistent playmaker in the middle. He finished with 91 tackles, six sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, and one interception. The converted quarterback lived up to the preseason hype with 10 or more tackles in four of North Carolina's last six games.
CB: Shaun Wade, State of Ohio
Wade also made the decision to go back to the Big Ten season, and he follows Jeff Okudah as Ohio State's second cornerback to join our first team. Wade had two interceptions that season, including an interception return for a timely touchdown against Indiana. The Big Ten's defensive back of the year ended in 20 tackles and three pass abandonments, and he will get another chance against Clemson in the CFP semifinals.
CB: Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Surtain was Pro Football Focus's top cornerback for most of the season and a consistent lock-down defender in a year that Alabama improved against the pass. The Crimson Tide did not allow a temporary touchdown for a stretch of five games at one point, and Surtain finished the operation with an interception return for a touchdown and seven pass breakups.
S: Talanoa Hufanga, USC
Hufanga had a breakout season for an upgraded Trojan team. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year put up 62 tackles and 5.5 tackles for the loss, but came out with the help of four interceptions and two forced fumbling. Hufanga ended the season with two consecutive games with double-digit tackles.
S: Brandon Joseph, northwest
Northwestern had one of the best defenses in the FBS, and the Redshirt novice played a major role in that success in the backend. He had six interceptions, including a single-handed acrobatic selection in the Big Ten championship game against the state of Ohio. He also had two picks in major Big Ten West games against Wisconsin and Iowa. Joseph added 43 tackles.
First team specialists
K: Jose Borregales, Miami
Borregales became a differentiator for the hurricanes. He hit 90 percent of his field goal attempts and achieved the top rating among the FBS kickers with at least 20 attempts this season. Borregales also hit 8 out of 10 from 40 yards or more and was on shootout wins against N.C. State and Louisville successful, scoring a combined 7v7 on field goal attempts.
P: Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech
Harvin – all 255 pounds from him – led the FBS with an average of 48.0 yards per punt that season. That included just three touchbacks that helped the Yellow Jackets take second place in the FBS Net Punting. Almost half of Harvin's strokes traveled 50 yards or more.
RET: Avery Williams, Boise State
Williams is an easy choice. He returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns for the Broncos that season, and combined 762 return yards in just seven games. He ended his career with nine touchdowns.
Second team offense
QB: Kyle Trask, Florida
RB: Kyren Williams, Notre Dame
RB: Jaret Patterson, Buffalo
WR: Jonathan Adams Jr., State of Arkansas
WR: Jaelon Darden, North Texas
TE: Hunter Long, Boston College
OT: Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
OT: Brady Christensen, BYU
G: Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
G: Ryan Neuzil, Appalachian State
C: Josh Myers, State of Ohio
ATH: Javonte Williams, North Carolina
Defense of the second team
DL: Tarron Jackson, Carolina Coast
DL: Rashad Weaver, Pitt
DL: Patrick Johnson, Tulane
DL: Haskell Garrett, State of Ohio
LB: Devin Lloyd, Utah
LB: Mike Rose, State of Iowa
LB: Joseph Ossai, Texas
CB: Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
CB: Shemar Jean-Charles, Appalachian State
S: Tykee Smith, West Virginia
S: Trevon Moehrig, TCU
Specialists of the second team
K: Will Reichard, Alabama
P: Lucas Dean, UTSA
RET: Trestan Ebner, Baylor