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.
Off | Def
Off | Def
Off | Def
|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
|RB||Rashaad Penny||Sr||San Diego State|
|OT||Mike McGlinchey||Sr||Notre Dame|
|OG||Quenton Nelson||Sr||Notre Dame|
|C||Billy Price||Sr||Ohio State|
|WR||James Washington||Sr||Oklahoma State|
|AP||Saquon Barkley||Jr||Penn State|
1st Team Defense
|DE||Bradley Chubb||Sr||NC State|
|DT||Hercules Mata’afa||Jr||Washington State|
|CB||Denzel Ward||Jr||Ohio State|
2nd Team Offense
|OG||Cody O’Connell||Sr||Washington State|
|WR||David Sills Jr||Jr||West Virginia|
|WR||Michael Gallup||Sr||Colorado State|
2nd Team Defense
|DE||Sutton Smith||So||Northern Illinois|
|DE||Nick Bosa||So||Ohio State|
|CB||Jalen Davis||Sr||Utah State|
|S||Derwin James||Jr||Florida State|
3rd Team Offense
|QB||Mason Rudolph||Sr||Oklahoma State|
|RB||Ronald Jones II||Jr||USC|
|TE||Jaylen Samuels||Sr||NC State|
|AP||DJ Reed||Jr||Kansas State|
3rd Team Defense
|LB||Tremaine Edmunds||Jr||Virginia Tech|
|S||Armani Watts||Sr||Texas A&M|