The Sporting News came out with its All-America lists Tuesday and 10 players from the nonautomatic qualifying schools, including two on the first team, made the cut.
TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who has made the first team of every All-America team that’s been published this season, and Central Michigan punt returner Antonio Brown were the two players on the first team. This is Brown’s first All-America first-team selection.
Here’s a look at the players who were honored:
Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
Antonio Brown, PR, Central Michigan
Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho
Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
Matt Dodge, K, East Carolina
LaVon Brazill, PR, Ohio
Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green
Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU
Zane Beadles, OL, Utah
Rafael Priest, CB, TCU
Must admit that Brown and Brazill are a bit of a surprise, but deserving since they were two of the best punt returners in the country. It's also surprising to see Barnes and Pitta fall to the third team. Both were more deserving than the current selections.