Marcus Mariota, Scooby Wright III Headline AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American Team

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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III topped the 2014 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, Mariota led the nation in passing efficiency (186.3) and “points responsible for” with 318 on the season. He was fifth in the nation in passing yards (3,783), second in the nation in passing touchdowns (38) and finished with 669 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Wright led the nation in tackles for loss (28), was third in sacks (14) and fifth in total tackles (153). He won the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Offense - FBS

PosNameHt.Wt.Cl.SchoolCoachHometown (High School)
WRAmari Cooper6-1210Jr.AlabamaNick SabanMiami, Fla. (Northwestern)
WRKevin White6-3210Sr.West VirginiaDana HolgorsenPlainfield, N.J. (Emmaus)
TENick O’Leary6-3247Sr.Florida St.Jimbo FisherPalm Beach, Fla. (Dwyer)
OLBrandon Scherff6-5320Sr.IowaKirk FerentzDenison, Iowa (Denison)
OLArie Kouandjio6-5315Sr.AlabamaNick SabanHyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)
CReese Dismukes6-3295Sr.AuburnGus MalzahnSpanish Fort, Ala. (Spanish Fort)
OLRob Havenstein6-8333Sr.WisconsinGary AndersenMount Airy, Md. (Linganore)
OLTre’ Jackson6-4330Sr.Florida St.Jimbo FisherJesup, Ga. (Wayne County)
QBMarcus Mariota6-4219Jr.OregonMark HelfrichHonolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis)
RBMelvin Gordon6-1213Jr.WisconsinGary AndersenKenosha, Wis. (Bradford)
RBJames Conner6-2250So.PittsburghPaul ChrystErie, Pa. (McDowell)
RBTevin Coleman6-1210Jr.IndianaKevin WilsonTinley Park, Ill. (Oak Forest)

Defense - FBS

PosNameHt.Wt.Cl.SchoolCoachHometown (High School)
DLVic Beasley6-3235Gr.ClemsonDabo SwinneyAdairsville, Ga. (Adairsville)
DLShane Ray6-3245Jr.MissouriGary PinkelKansas City, Mo. (Bishop Miege)
DLJoey Bosa6-5278So.Ohio St.Urban MeyerFort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
DLLeonard Williams6-5300Jr.USCSteve SarkisianDaytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland)
LBScooby Wright III6-1246So.ArizonaRich RodriguezWindsor, Calif. (Cardinal Newman)
LBHau’oli Kikaha6-3246Sr.WashingtonChris PetersenHau’ula, Hawaii (Kahuku)
LBTrey DePriest6-2250Sr.AlabamaNick SabanSpringfield, Ohio (Springfield)
DBGerod Holliman6-2213So.LouisvilleBobby PetrinoMiami, Fla. (Southridge)
DBSenquez Golson5-9176Sr.MississippiHugh FreezePascagoula, Miss. (Pascagoula)
DBLandon Collins6-0222Jr.AlabamaNick SabanNew Orleans, La. (Dutchtown)
DBIfo Ekpre-Olomu5-10195Sr.OregonMark HelfrichChino Hills, Calif. (Chino Hills)

Special Teams - FBS

PosNameHt.Wt.Cl.SchoolCoachHometown (High School)
PTom Hackett5-11187Jr.UtahKyle WhittinghamMelbourne, Australia (Scotch College)
PKRoberto Aguayo6-1203So.Florida St.Jimbo FisherMascotte, Fla. (South Lake)
APTyler Lockett5-11175Sr.Kansas St.Bill SnyderTulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)

Team Background: The teams now chosen for each of the AFCA’s five divisions evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. The AFCA started selecting an NAIA All-America Team in 2006.

Top Team: Oklahoma has had the most players named to the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team. The Sooners have been represented 62 times by 53 players on the AFCA team. They are followed by Alabama (59/57); Ohio State (58/44); Notre Dame (57/50); USC (56/49); Michigan (54/48); Nebraska (51/46); Texas (48/42); Georgia (35/29) and UCLA (35/33).

Top Conference: The Big 12 boasts the most AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team representatives among current conference members with 270, just ahead of the Southeastern Conference at 267 representatives. Following those two are the Big Ten (260), the Pac-12 (194), Atlantic Coast (180), American Athletic (68), Western Athletic (62), Mountain West (55), Conference USA (51), Sun Belt (40) and Mid-American (30) (Totals include school All-America selections in all divisions).
The 2014 conference-by-conference breakdown: SEC: 7; ACC: 6; Pac-12: 6; Big Ten: 5; Big 12: 2.

Class Distinction: The 2014 Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 12 seniors, 8 juniors, 5 sophomores and one graduate studies.

Repeat After Me: Ohio State has the most players who have been repeat selections (14 players). The Buckeyes are followed by Oklahoma (9); Notre Dame (7); USC (7); Texas (6); Michigan (6); Arkansas (5); Georgia (5); Nebraska (5); Florida State (4); and LSU (4).

Three-Timer: Georgia’s Herschel Walker is the only three-time AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American (1980-81-82) in the 70-year history of the team.

Double Duos: Teammates have earned back-to-back Coaches’ All-America honors in the same season seven times. USC’s Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush (2004 and 2005) join Army’s Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard (1945 and 1946); Notre Dame’s George Connor and Johnny Lujack (1946 and 1947); Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and George Webster (1966 and 1967); Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon (1969 and 1970); Notre Dame’s Ken MacAfee and Ross Browner (1976 and 1977) and Colorado’s Joe Garten and Alfred Will­iams (1989 and 1990).

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

Consecutive Years: Notre Dame holds the record for consecutive years with at least one player on the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team at 19 seasons (1963-1981). Neb­raska had at least one player 12 straight seasons (1978-1989). Michigan (1969-1979), Oklahoma (1971-1981), USC (1972-82) and Miami (Fla.) (1984-1994) are next with 11 straight seasons. Pitts­burgh placed one player on the AFCA team for 10 straight seasons from 1975-1984. Florida State has the longest current active streak at five years (2010-14).

Super Six: Oklahoma’s six selections (Jammal Brown, OL; Jason White, QB; Tommie Harris, DL; Teddy Lehman, LB, Derrick Strait, DB; Antonio Perkins, RS) in 2003 are the most players from one school on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

Fantastic Five: Alabama’s five selections (Barrett Jones, OL; Trent Richardson, RB; Dont’a Hightower, LB; Mark Barron, DB; DeQuan Menzie, DB) in 2011 are the second most players from one school on the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team.

Quad Squads: Alabama is the seventh program to place four players on the AFCA All-America Team, and the first to do it in four separate years with their four selections in 2014. WR-Amari Cooper, OL-Arie Kouandjio, LB-Trey DePriest and DB-Landon Collins joins the 2008 squad of OL-Andre Smith, C-Antoine Caldwell, DL-Terrence Cody and DB-Rashad Johnson; the 2009 team of OL-Mike Johnson, RB-Mark Ingram, LB-Rolando McClain and DB-Javier Arenas; and the 2013 squad of OL-Cyrus Kouandjioin, QB-AJ McCarron, LB-C.J. Mosley and DB-Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The others are: 1945 Army: T-DeWitt Coulter, G-John Green, B-Glenn Davis, B-Doc Blanchard; 1966 Notre Dame: LB-Jim Lynch, FB-Nick Eddy, DT-Pete Duranko, OG-Tom Regner; 1967 USC: OT-Ron Yary, LB-Adrian Young, E-Tim Rosso­vich, HB-O.J. Simpson; 1990 Notre Dame: DB-Todd Lyght, DL-Chris Zorich, LB-Mike Stonebreaker, WR-Raghib Ismail; 1999 Florida State: WR-Peter Warrick, OL-Jason Whitaker, DL-Corey Simon; PK-Sebastian Janikowski; 2005 USC: WR-Dwayne Jarrett, OL-Taitusi Lutui, QB-Matt Leinart, RB-Reggie Bush.

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