AP All-America Team 2011: Robert Griffin III Headlines First Team

Following up on his Heisman Award, Robert Griffin III now has a first-team AP All America on his resume. The Baylor quarterback beat out the likes of Stanford's Andrew Luck (second team) and USC's Matt Barkley to earn the top honors. Griffin ended the season as the nation's top-rated passer (192.3), was fourth in touchdown passes (36) and sixth in passing yards (3,998).

Houston Case Keenum, who led the nation in both touchdown passes and passing yards, was not named an All-America. That was somewhat indicative of the situation at other positions, as the first-team offense and defense were made up entirely of players from so-called BCS schools and just four players from non-BCS schools made the second team.

Unsurprisingly, Alabama and LSU, who will meet in the National Championship Game, had the most players named to the first teams. Alabama led the way with four players (two on offense and two on defense), while LSU had three players (all on defense)


Quarterback - Robert Griffin III, junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Baylor.

Running backs - Montee Ball, junior, 5-11, 210, Wisconsin; Trent Richardson, junior, 5-11, 224, Alabama.

Tackles - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 311, Alabama; Matt Kalil, junior, 6-7, 295, Southern California.

Guards - David DeCastro, senior, 6-5, 310, Stanford; Kevin Zeitler, senior, 6-4, 318, Wisconsin.

Center - David Molk, senior, 6-2, 286, Michigan.

Wide receivers - Justin Blackmon, junior, 6-1, 215, Oklahoma State; Robert Woods, sophomore, 6-1, 180, Southern California.

Tight end - Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, Clemson.

All-purpose player - Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, Clemson.

Kicker - Randy Bullock, senior, 5-9, 212, Texas A&M.


Ends - Melvin Ingram, senior, 6-2, 276, South Carolina; Whitney Mercilus, junior, 6-4, 265, Illinois.

Tackles - Devon Still, senior, 6-5, 310, Penn State; Jerel Worthy, junior, 6-3, 310, Michigan State.

Linebackers - Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, Boston College; Jarvis Jones, sophomore, 6-3, 241, Georgia; Dont'a Hightower, junior, 6-4, 260, Alabama.

Cornerbacks - Morris Claiborne, junior, 6-0, 185, LSU; Tyrann Mathieu, sophomore, 5-9, 175, LSU.

Safeties - Mark Barron, senior, 6-2, 218, Alabama; Bacarri Rambo, junior, 6-0, 218, Georgia.

Punter - Brad Wing, freshman, 6-3, 184, LSU.



Quarterback - Andrew Luck, junior, Stanford.

Running backs - LaMichael James, junior, Oregon; David Wilson, junior, Virginia Tech.

Tackles - Jonathan Martin, senior, Stanford; Nate Potter, senior, Boise State.

Guards -Will Blackwell, senior, LSU; Austin Pazstor, senior, Virginia.

Center - Peter Konz, junior, Wisconsin.

Wide receivers - Ryan Broyles, senior, Oklahoma; Kendall Wright, senior, Baylor.

Tight end - Tyler Eifert, junior, Notre Dame.

All-purpose player - Joe Adams, senior, Arkansas.

Kicker - Caleb Sturgis, junior, Florida.


Ends - Frank Alexander, senior, Oklahoma; Vinny Curry, senior, Marshall.

Tackles - Joe Vellano, junior, Maryland; Derek Wolfe, senior, Cincinnati.

Linebackers - Courtney Upshaw, senior, Alabama; Lavonte David, senior, Nebraska; Manti Teo, junior, Notre Dame.

Cornerbacks - David Amerson, sophomore, North Carolina State; Dre Kirkpatrick, junior, Alabama.

Safeties - Markelle Martin, senior, Oklahoma State; Antonio Allen, senior, South Carolina.

Punter - Ryan Allen, junior, Louisiana Tech.



Quarterback - Matt Barkley, junior, Southern California.

Running backs - Ronnie Hillman, sophomore, San Diego State; Bobby Rainey, senior, Western Kentucky.

Tackles - Levy Adcock, senior, Oklahoma State; Cordy Glenn, senior, Georgia.

Guards - Ryan Miller, senior, Colorado; Gabe Ikard, sophomore, Oklahoma.

Center - Grant Garner, senior, Oklahoma State.

Wide receivers - Jordan White, senior, Western Michigan; Patrick Edwards, senior, Houston.

Tight end - Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford.

All-purpose player - Tavon Austin, junior, West Virginia.

Kicker - Quinn Sharp, junior, Oklahoma State.


Ends - Sam Montgomery, sophomore, LSU; Andre Branch, senior, Clemson.

Tackles - John Simon, junior, Ohio State; Fletcher Cox, junior, Mississippi State.

Linebackers - Tank Carder, senior, TCU; Sammy Brown, senior, Houston; Emmanuel Acho, senior, Texas.

Cornerbacks - Nigel Malone, junior, Kansas State; Brodrick Brown, junior, Oklahoma State.

Safeties - Josh Bush, senior, Wake Forest; George Iloka, senior, Boise State.

Punter - Shawn Powell, senior, Florida State.


AP All-America team selection panel:

Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Greg Auman, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman; Seth Emerson, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer; Erik Gee, KNML-AM Albuquerque, N.M.; Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Mike Herndon Press-Register. Mobile, Ala.; Joshua Kendall, The State, Columbia, S.C.; Rob Long, CBS Radio 105.7 Baltimore; Dave Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Sam McKewon, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.; Keith Sargeant, Home News Tribune, Somerville, N.J.; John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript.

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