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The Big 12 Is Well Represented In AP 1st, 2nd & 3rd All-American Teams

Maybe the Big 12’s perception is changing…

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The Associated Press has revealed their 2017 All-American teams, and the Big 12 did quite well. In all, the conference had six players named to the first team, three named to the second team and three more named to the third team, which compares favorably to the rest of the Power Five conferences when you consider the size of each conference.

1st TEAM
Off | Def
2nd TEAM
Off | Def
3rd TEAM
Off | Def
TOTAL
ACC 0 | 2 2 | 3 3 | 4 14
BIG 12 4 | 2 1 | 2 2 | 1 12
BIG TEN 2 | 5 2 | 1 2 | 1 13
PAC-12 2 | 1 2 | 1 1 | 4 11
SEC 1 | 2 4 | 1 4 | 2 14

Rumors of the Big 12’s demise have dominated headlines over the last few years as the conference struggled with a lack of talent perception, but is that changing?

As you can see from the table, the Big 12 was the only conference to have more players named to an AP team than it has members. The conference averaged 1.2 players selected per school, while the ACC and SEC each averaged right at one player per school and the Big Ten and Pac-12 both averaged 0.9 players per school.

Furthermore, the majority of the Big 12 players that were selected were named to the AP First Team, while the majority of SEC and ACC players named were in second and third teams. The Big Ten was the only conference to have more players named to the First Team.

Overall, Clemson had the most players selected with six players named. They are followed Auburn and Oklahoma, who each had four players selected. The other Big 12 schools with players selected are Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and West Virginia.

1st Team Offense

POS PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL
QB Baker Mayfield Sr Oklahoma
RB Bryce Love Jr Stanford
RB Rashaad Penny Sr San Diego State
OT Orlando Brown Jr Oklahoma
OT Mike McGlinchey Sr Notre Dame
OG Quenton Nelson Sr Notre Dame
OG Braden Smith Sr Auburn
C Billy Price Sr Ohio State
TE Mark Andrews Jr Oklahoma
WR James Washington Sr Oklahoma State
WR Anthony Miller Sr Memphis
AP Saquon Barkley Jr Penn State
K Matt Gay Jr Utah

1st Team Defense

POS PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL
DE Bradley Chubb Sr NC State
DE Clelin Ferrell So Clemson
DT Hercules Mata’afa Jr Washington State
DT Maurice Hurst Sr Michigan
LB Roquan Smith Jr Georgia
LB Josey Jewell Sr Iowa
LB TJ Edwards Jr Wisconsin
CB Josh Jackson Jr Iowa
CB Denzel Ward Jr Ohio State
S Minkah Fitzpatrick Jr Alabama
S DeShon Elliott Jr Texas
P Michael Dickson Jr Texas

2nd Team Offense

POS PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL
QB Lamar Jackson Jr Louisville
RB Jonathan Taylor Fr Wisconsin
RB Kerryon Johnson Jr Auburn
OT Mitch Hyatt Jr Clemson
OT Isaiah Wynn Sr Georgia
OG Cody O’Connell Sr Washington State
OG Will Hernandez Sr UTEP
C Bradley Bozeman Sr Alabama
TE Troy Fumagalli Sr Wisconsin
WR David Sills Jr Jr West Virginia
WR Michael Gallup Sr Colorado State
AP Dante Pettis Sr Washington
K Daniel Carlson Sr Auburn

2nd Team Defense

POS PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL
DE Sutton Smith So Northern Illinois
DE Nick Bosa So Ohio State
DT Ed Oliver So Houston
DT Chistian Wilkins Jr Clemson
LB Malik Jefferson Jr Texas
LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Sr Oklahoma
LB Dorian O’Daniel Sr Clemson
CB Jalen Davis Sr Utah State
CB Carlton Davis Jr Auburn
S Derwin James Jr Florida State
S Justin Reid Jr Stanford
P Johnny Townsend Sr Florida

3rd Team Offense

POS PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL
QB Mason Rudolph Sr Oklahoma State
RB Ronald Jones II Jr USC
RB Devin Singletary So FAU
OT David Edwards So Wisconsin
OT Jonah Williams So Alabama
OG Beau Benzschawel Jr Wisconsin
OG Tyrone Crowder Sr Clemson
C Frank Ragnow Sr Arkansas
TE Jaylen Samuels Sr NC State
WR Steve Ishmael Sr Syracuse
WR AJ Brown So Mississippi
AP DJ Reed Jr Kansas State
K Eddy Piniero Jr Florida

3rd Team Defense

POS PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL
DE Austin Bryant Jr Clemson
DE Mat Boesen Sr TCU
DT Vita Vea Jr Washington
DT Harrison Phillips Sr Stanford
LB Micah Kiser Sr Virginia
LB Tremaine Edmunds Jr Virginia Tech
LB Devin Bush So Michigan
CB Andraez Williams Fr LSU
CB Jack Jones So USC
S Armani Watts Sr Texas A&M
S Quin Blanding Sr Virginia
P Mitch Wisnowsky Jr Utah

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