PFW 2012 All-America team

Posted Dec. 11, 2012 @ 3:20 p.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

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. Players are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season to qualify. Production is considered, but not weighed nearly as heavily as how much of an impact players make on their teams. Extra attention is paid to traits such as toughness, intelligence and competitiveness, all traits that we believe correlate heavily to future NFL success.

OFFENSE

QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, Sr.

RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin, Sr.

FB J.C. Copeland, LSU, Jr.

WR Marqise Lee, USC, Soph.

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson, Soph.

TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, Sr.

OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, Jr.

OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, Sr.

OG Chance Warmack, Alabama, Sr.

OG Jonathan Cooper,  North Carolina, Sr.

C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, Jr.

Honorable mention

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

DEFENSE

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 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, Sr.

OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia, Jr.

CB Dee Milliner, Alabama, Jr.

CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers, 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, Sr.; DE Morgan Breslin, USC, Jr.; DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame, Soph.; DT Star Lotulelei, Utah, Sr.; DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, Jr.; DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, Jr.; ILB Kevin Minter, LSU, Jr.; ILB Max Bullough, Michigan State, Jr.;  OLB C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Jr.; OLB Michael Mauti, Penn State, Sr.;CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State, Sr.; CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State, Sr.; S Eric Reid, LSU, Jr.; S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, Sr.; S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame, Sr.

SPECIALISTS

PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Sr.

P Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

RS Tavon Austin, West Virginia, Sr.

Honorable mention

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