AP All-America team: Tide leads with 4 of 10 CFP players

AP All-America team: Tide leads with 4 of 10 CFP players
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Alabama defensive back Deionte Thompson (14) celebrates after Mississippi State place kicker Jace Christmann (47) missed a field goal-attempt during the first half of a game, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Thompson was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) (Butch Dill)

The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two All-Americans — including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray — and No. 3 Notre Dame had one.

The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day. The winners meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Jan. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The playoff teams combined for 17 overall selections on the teams chosen by a panel of AP poll voters and released Monday.

The Tide placed two players on each side of the ball, with Outland Trophy winner Quinnen Williams highlighting the defense. Receiver Jerry Jeudy, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and safety Deionte Thompson also made the first team while Tua Tagovailoa was the second-team quarterback.

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) stops Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) during the second half of a game, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Williams was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(92)(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) stops Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) during the second half of a game, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Williams was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(92)(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) (AP)

Tagovailoa finished second behind Murray in the Heisman voting on Saturday. Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins was the third-team quarterback after finishing third in the Heisman voting.

Clemson placed defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell on the first team, and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Cornerback Julian Love represented Notre Dame on the first team.

Clemson, Oklahoma and LSU each had four players on the three teams, trailing only Alabama. Notre Dame, Kentucky, Iowa, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Washington and Wisconsin each had three overall selections.

Kentucky placed two players on the first team: linebacker Josh Allen and guard Bunchy Stallings. The Wildcats have not an AP All-American since receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002.

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Citadel, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football second-team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Citadel, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football second-team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) (AP)

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams sets up to block against Arkansas in the second half of a game in Fayetteville, Ark. Williams was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams sets up to block against Arkansas in the second half of a game in Fayetteville, Ark. Williams was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File) (AP)

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky

Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) catches a pass against Citadel during the first half of a game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Jeudy was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) catches a pass against Citadel during the first half of a game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Jeudy was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) (AP)

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois

Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Clemson tackle Christian Wilkins does the Heisman pose after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against South Carolina, in Clemson, S.C. Wilkins was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Clemson tackle Christian Wilkins does the Heisman pose after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against South Carolina, in Clemson, S.C. Wilkins was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File) (AP)

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame

Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Notre Dame's Julian Love (27) tackles Wake Forest's Cade Carney (36) in the first half of a game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Love was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Notre Dame's Julian Love (27) tackles Wake Forest's Cade Carney (36) in the first half of a game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Love was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) (AP)

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M

Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia

Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell (99) and teammates celebrate their 27-7 victory over Boston College in a game in Boston. Ferrell was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell (99) and teammates celebrate their 27-7 victory over Boston College in a game in Boston. Ferrell was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (AP)

Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa

Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Clemson offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (75) works against Georgia Tech during the first half of a game in Atlanta. Hyatt was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Barash, mFile)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Clemson offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (75) works against Georgia Tech during the first half of a game in Atlanta. Hyatt was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Barash, mFile) (AP)

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, LSU safety Grant Delpit (9) celebrates his sack of Mississippi quarterback Jordan Ta'amu during the first half of a game in Baton Rouge, La. Delpit was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, LSU safety Grant Delpit (9) celebrates his sack of Mississippi quarterback Jordan Ta'amu during the first half of a game in Baton Rouge, La. Delpit was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) (AP)

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State

Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) runs ahead of Baylor in the second half of a game in Norman, Okla. Brown was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) runs ahead of Baylor in the second half of a game in Norman, Okla. Brown was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File) (AP)

Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma

Guards — Terrone Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa

Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury (65) celebrates after he scored a touchdown during the second half of a game against East Carolina, in Raleigh, N.C. Bradbury was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury (65) celebrates after he scored a touchdown during the second half of a game against East Carolina, in Raleigh, N.C. Bradbury was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File) (AP)

All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech

Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, LSU linebacker Devin White (40) stops Louisiana Tech running back Jaqwis Dancy (23) in the first half of a game in Baton Rouge, La. White was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, LSU linebacker Devin White (40) stops Louisiana Tech running back Jaqwis Dancy (23) in the first half of a game in Baton Rouge, La. White was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File) (AP)

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te'Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame

Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan

Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Jonathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State

Punter — James Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger (81) catches a pass for a first down as Mississippi defensive back Myles Hartsfield defends during the first half of a game in College Station, Texas. Sternberger was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger (81) catches a pass for a first down as Mississippi defensive back Myles Hartsfield defends during the first half of a game in College Station, Texas. Sternberger was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (AP)

FIRST-TEAM BREAKDOWN

By school (first-team selections-overall)

Alabama — 4-6.

Clemson — 3-4.

Kentucky — 2-3.

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Texas A&M's Braden Mann poses with the trophy after winning The Ray Guy Award for being the top punter in college football, in Atlanta. Mann was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Texas A&M's Braden Mann poses with the trophy after winning The Ray Guy Award for being the top punter in college football, in Atlanta. Mann was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) (AP)

LSU — 2-4.

Oklahoma — 2-4.

Texas A&M — 2-3.

Wisconsin — 2-3.

Georgia — 1-2.

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen (41) rallies fans during the second half of the team's game against South Carolina, in Lexington, Ky. Allen was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen (41) rallies fans during the second half of the team's game against South Carolina, in Lexington, Ky. Allen was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File) (AP)

Memphis — 1-1.

Northern Illinois — 1-1.

North Carolina State — 1-2.

Notre Dame — 1-3.

Purdue— 1-1.

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, Northern Illinois defensive end Sutton Smith (15) reacts after sacking Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson (3) during the second half of the Mid-American Conference championship game, in Detroit. Smith was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, Northern Illinois defensive end Sutton Smith (15) reacts after sacking Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson (3) during the second half of the Mid-American Conference championship game, in Detroit. Smith was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (AP)

Syracuse — 1-2.

Washington — 1-3.

By conference

SEC — 11.

ACC — 5.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor runs during the first half against Rutgers, in Madison, Wis. Taylor was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor runs during the first half against Rutgers, in Madison, Wis. Taylor was named to the 2018 AP All-America NCAA college football team, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) (AP)

Big Ten — 3.

Big 12 — 2.

American — 1.

Pac-12 — 1.

MAC — 1.

Independent — 1.

By class/eligibility

Freshman — 2.

Sophomore — 3.

Junior — 12.

Senior — 8.

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Selection panel: Rob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Matt Baker, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times; Michael Barber, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch; Matt Brown, The Athletic; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Rece Davis, ESPN; Pat Dooley, Gainesville (Fla.) Sun; Scott Hamilton, WECT-TV (Wilmington, N.C.); Eric Hansen, The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Brian Howell, Buffzone.com, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera; Rob Long, WJZ FM 105.7 The Fan Baltimore; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.); Conor O'Neill, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal; Soren Petro, 810 WHB Kansas City, Mo.; Keith Sargeant, NJ.Com/Star-Ledger; Jon Wilner, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News.