2017 FirstAndMonday All-FAMericans: Offense

As the regular season comes to an end, we at FAM pool our collective college football absurdity, put our homerism aside, and name our annual All-FAMerican teams. The offense features some absurd individual efforts and future Sunday performers.

Quarterback

First Team: Baker Mayfield (Sr, Oklahoma Sooners)

Second Team: Lamar Jackson (Jr, Louisville Cardinals)

Freshman: Jake Fromm (Georgia Bulldogs)

Lamar Jackson might have been the best overall quarterback on the season, but Mayfield is far and away the better passer and he put his team in the playoffs after losing all but one weapon from last season. Fromm stole the job and took UGA to a SEC title, showing a great arm and efficiency in the process.

Running Back

First Team: Devin Singletary (So, FAU Owls);  Rashaad Penny (Sr, San Diego State Aztecs)

Second team: Saquon Barkley (Jr, Penn State Nittany Lions); Bryce Love (Jr, Stanford Cardinals)

Freshman: Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin Badgers); JK Dobbins (Ohio State Buckeyes)

Singletary was a man on fire the final ten weeks, scoring at least twice and amassing over one hundred yards in each game (to finish the year he scored in 12 straight games, went for 100+ in 11 straight). Penny ended up the only 2K rusher thanks to four straight 200 yard games to close the year, and edged out Love and Barkley (the best pro prospect), who lacked the finish.

Wide Receiver

First Team: Anthony Miller (Sr, Memphis Tigers); James Washington (Sr, Oklahoma State Cowboys)

Second Team: Anthony Johnson (Sr, Buffalo Bulls); Michael Gallup (Sr, Colorado State Rams)

Freshman: Dez Fitzpatrick (Louisville Cardinals); CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma Sooners)

It was an odd year in that no receiver showed dominance each and every week. However Miller and Washington came as close as it got, with the former earning himself a coffee after a terrific close versus UCF in the AAC title game. Lamb burst into the void of the OU receiving corps, showing flashes all year of potential future dominance, and filthy speed.

 

Tight End

First Team: Mark Andrews (Jr, Oklahoma Sooners)

Second Team: Adam Breneman (Sr, Massachusetts Minutemen)

Freshman: Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri Tigers)

Two clear cut favorites in the explosive Andrews and sure-handed Breneman, however we totally snubbed Arkansas State’s Blake Mack. Okwuegbunam, a redshirt out of Illinois prep power Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, is a future NFL playmaker thanks to a great size-speed combination.

Center

First Team: Frank Ragnow (Sr, Arkansas Razorbacks)

Second Team: Billy Price (Sr, Ohio State Buckeyes)

Freshman: Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin Badgers)

This was one of the toughest overall calls, but call us a sucker for Ragnow the Destroyer’s dominance in the SEC. That said, Billy Price is a future day one NFL prospect, and could easily be first. The two are interchangeable really, with Colorado State’s Jake Bennett close behind.

Offensive Guard

First Team: Quentin Nelson (Sr, Notre Dame Fighting Irish); Will Hernandez (Sr, UTEP Miners)

Second Team: Wyatt Teller (Sr, Virginia Tech Hokies); Cody O’Connell (Sr, Washington State Cougars)

Freshman: Navaughn Donaldson (Miami Hurricanes); Netane Muti (Fresno State Bulldogs)

The top team selections were absolute locks, as Hernandez and Nelson are likely the top two guards taken in the upcoming NFL Draft after dominating careers, with spans of starts stretching 49 and 30, respectively. Several snubs for the second team, but Teller is a hulk and O’Connell a giant of a man at 6’9″ 360lbs , and both proved themselves over another season of All-Conference work. Muti was part of a surprising turnaround at Fresno due to his tough, commanding presence at the heart of the offense.

Offensive Tackle

First Team: Mike McGlinchney (Sr, Notre Dame); Orlando Brown (Sr, Oklahoma Sooners)

Second Team: Max Scharping (Sr, NIU Huskies); Connor Williams (Jr, Texas Longhorns)

Freshman: Stewart Reese (Mississippi State Bulldogs); Andrew Thomas (Georgia)

McGlinchney is a long-time, dominant tackle on the left side, and is off to NFL riches after this season. Brown is a 39 game starter, with a sterling record protecting Baker Mayfield for potentially two more ganes before he also goes to the NFL. Williams will skip his bowl game, but again, is off to riches… Yet our favorite is Scharping, a 6’6″ 311-pounder with just five pressures allowed on the year (425 passes), and potentially a year of dominance remaining after 38 straight starts.

 

Punter

First Team: Michael Dickson (Jr, Texas Longhorns)

Second Team: JK Scott (Jr, Alabama Crimson Tide)

Freshman: Cade Coffey (Idaho Vandals)

Dickson is a booming punter, leading the country in average over 73 attempts (that’s good), and the Aussie is a second year finalist for the Ray Guy Award, along with Scott, and last year’s winner Mitch Wishnowsky. Idaho followed a legend of a college kicker with another potential great.

Kicker

First Team: Eddy Pineiro (Jr, Florida Gators)

Second Team: Matt Gay (Sr, Utah Utes)

Freshman:  Jared Sackett (UTSA Roadrunners)

Piniero is accurate and possesses a big leg, but Gay’s sheer volume along with excellent accuracy considering, is fantastic. UTSA’s Sackett is in for a prolific career in the sun of San Antonio.

Kick Returner

First Team: Tony Pollard (So, Memphis Tigers)

Second Team: Marcus Green (Jr, ULM Warhawks)

Freshman: Marcus Jones (Troy Trojans)

Pollard was absolutely absurd this year, returning 19 kicks for a silly 42.4 per average, thanks to four scores. Green also notched four touchdowns, averaging 32.4 on 27 attempts. Jones took three to the house and edged Green in yards per return with 32.9 for the Trojans.

 

 

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