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FWAA 2014 All American Team announced


(Wednesday, December 17)

(FWAA) - The Football Writers Association of America's 71st All-America First Team is dominated by the five Football Bowl Subdivision power conferences, which placed 25 of the 26 players on the unit deemed the best in college football.

For the third straight season, the official announcement of the FWAA All-America Team, the second-longest continuously-published team in major college football, came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Football Nation."

While there are no repeat selections from the 2013 FWAA first team, defending national champion Florida State, unbeaten and one of four teams in the College Football Playoff semifinals, placed one player on the first team. The Seminoles added four on the second team to lead all schools with a combined five FWAA All-Americans. This is just the second season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team.

Three teams had two players on the FWAA first team. No. 2 Oregon, the national semifinalist facing the No. 3 Seminoles in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, claimed a pair on the first team, as did No. 1 Alabama, which faces No. 4 Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the other semifinal. Utah, bound for the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, also had two selections.

The 2014 first team also features the FWAA's Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman), offensive tackle Brandon Scherff of Iowa, who is one of 10 seniors on the first team. Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III, the FWAA's Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player), headed up a five-man sophomore class. There were 11 juniors on the first team, including Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner. The two kicking specialists on the first team, kicker Brad Craddock of Maryland and punter Tom Hackett of Utah, both hail from Australia.

The conference breakdown for the first team went like this: Big Ten (7), Pac-12 (6), SEC (6), Big 12 (4) Atlantic Coast (2) and Mountain West (1).

2014 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon 6-4 219 Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana 6-1 210 Jr. Tinley Park, Ill.
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin 6-1 213 Jr. Kenosha, Wis.
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama 6-1 210 Jr. Miami, Fla.
WR Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 6-2 188 So. Mesquite, Texas
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota 6-4 250 So. Waconia, Minn.
OL Spencer Drango, Baylor 6-6 310 Jr. Cedar Park, Texas
OL Jake Fisher, Oregon 6-6 300 Sr. Traverse City, Mich.
OL Tre' Jackson, Florida State 6-4 330 Sr. Jesup, Ga.
OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa 6-5 320 Sr. Denison, Iowa
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn 6-3 295 Sr. Spanish Fort, Ala.
DEFENSE
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State 6-5 278 So. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DL Malcom Brown, Texas 6-2 320 Jr. Brenham, Texas
DL Nate Orchard, Utah 6-4 255 Sr. Salt Lake City, Utah
DL Shane Ray, Missouri 6-3 245 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
LB Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington 6-3 246 Sr. Hau'ula, Hawaii
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State 6-5 249 Jr. Tunica, Miss.
LB Scooby Wright III, Arizona 6-1 246 So. Windsor, Calif.
DB Landon Collins, Alabama 6-0 222 Jr. New Orleans. La.
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State 6-1 202 Sr. Masury, Ohio
DB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss 5-9 176 Sr. Pascagoula, Miss.
DB Gerod Holliman, Louisville 6-2 213 So. Miami, Fla.
SPECIALISTS
K Brad Craddock, Maryland 6-0 185 Jr. Adelaide, Australia
P Tom Hackett, Utah 5-11 187 Jr. Melbourne, Australia
KR Mario Alford, West Virginia 5-9 177 Sr. Greenville, Ga.
PR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 5-11 175 Sr. Tulsa, Okla.
2014 FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Offense: QB Trevone Boykin, TCU; RB James Conner, Pittsburgh; RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma; WR Rashad Greene, Florida State; WR Kevin White, West Virginia; TE Nick O'Leary, Florida State; OL A.J. Cann, South Carolina; OL T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh; OL Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin; OL Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech; C Greg Mancz, Toledo. Defense: DL Vic Beasley, Clemson; DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska; DL Leonard Williams, USC; LB Jordan Hicks, Texas; LB Mike Hull, Penn State; LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA; DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin; DB Jeremy Cash, Duke; DB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech; DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State. Specialists: K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State; P Scott Harding, Hawaii; KR Jamarcus Nelson, UAB; PR De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska.