127th Walter Camp All-America First and Second Teams


Top-ranked Alabama and third-ranked Ohio State each have five players on the 2016 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Teams, the 127th honored by the organization.  The nation’s oldest All-America squad was announced this evening on The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.


FINAL — 2016 Walter Camp All-America Teams

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Top-ranked Alabama had three players selected to the First Team, and two to the second team, while third-ranked Ohio State had two First Teamers and three Second Teamers.  Florida State (3 First Team, 1 Second Team) and second-ranked Clemson (4 Second Team) each had four honorees.  In all, 28 different schools from eight conferences were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 51 players selected).

The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President Robert Kauffman was pleased with the voting participation.

“Once again, we had more than 80 percent of the FBS schools participate in this year’s voting,” Kauffman said.  “We are very appreciative of the continuing cooperation of the coaches and sports information directors in our annual effort to honor the nation’s most outstanding college players.”

Leading the First Team offensive unit is sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson (Louisville), who was also selected the 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year.  A dual-threat, Jackson has accounted for 51 touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing) and 4,928 yards this season for the Cardinals.

Joining Jackson is the backfield is senior Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State) and junior Dalvin Cook (Florida State).  Pumphrey has rushed for 2,018 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Cook, who earned Second Team All-America honors a year ago, has rushed for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns.


Senior Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma) and Zay Jones (East Carolina) are the wide receivers. Westbrook has 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Jones has a NCAA single-season record 158 catches for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.  Jones’ father Robert also was a Walter Camp All-American; in 1991 as a linebacker for East Carolina.

The tight end is Jake Butt (Michigan).  A two-time Big Ten Tight End of the Year, Butt has 43 catches and four touchdowns for the Wolverines in 2016.

On the offensive line, juniors Cam Robinson (Alabama), Cody O’Connell (Washington State) and Roderick Johnson (Florida State) are joined by the sophomore Connor Williams (Texas).   Senior Pat Elfein (Ohio State) is the offensive center.

Placekicker Zane Gonzalez (Arizona State) has converted 23-of-25 field goals and 39-of-40 point-after-kicks this season for the Sun Devils.

Leading the defensive unit is repeat First Team All-American Myles Garrett (Texas A&M). Garrett totaled 32 tackles and nine quarterback sacks for the Aggies.  Joining Garrett on the interior is the nation’s sack leader (15), senior DeMarcus Walker (Florida State).   Two Southeastern Conference standouts, senior Jonathan Allen (Alabama) and junior Derek Barnett (Tennessee) are also First Team selections.

Senior Reuben Foster (Alabama) joins juniors Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt) and versatile Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) at linebacker.  Peppers has seen time at 15 different positions (6 defense, 5 offense, 4 special teams) for the Wolverines.

Senior Jourdan Lewis (Michigan), a Second Team All-American last season, is a First Team honoree in 2016 and is joined in the secondary by senior Tre’Davious White (LSU), junior Adoree’ Jackson (USC) and sophomore Malik Hooker (Ohio State).

The punter is sophomore Mitch Wishnowsky (Utah), who averages 48.0 yards-per-punt.  The kick returner is sophomore Quadree Handerson (Pittsburgh), who has four returns for touchdowns (3 kickoff, 1 punt) this season.

Christian McCaffrey

Second Team Notables

Leading the Second Team are four Clemson standouts, including repeat Second Team All-America quarterback Deshaun Watson.  A junior, Watson has thrown for 3,914 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Atlantic Coast Conference-champion Tigers.

Joining Watson on the Second Team are fellow Tigers junior wide receiver Mike Williams, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and linebacker Ben Boulware.

In addition, junior running back Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) returns to the 2nd Team after also making it last year.  McCaffrey is joined in the offensive backfield by junior D’Onta Foreman (Texas).  

USC’s Adoree’ Jackson, a First Team All-American defensive back, is the Second Team kick returner.

The members of the 2016 Walter Camp All-America team and other major award winners (Alumni Award-Orlando Pace; Man of the Year-Warrick Dunn; Distinguished American-Mike Ditka), will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by KeyBank, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.

2016 Walter Camp All-America Teams

First Team Offense

Pos.     Name, School                                     Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

WR      Dede Westbook, Oklahoma                6-0       175      Senior  Cameron, TX

WR      Zay Jones, East Carolina                     6-1       197      Senior  Austin, TX

TE       Jake Butt, Michigan                            6-6       250      Senior  Pickerington, OH

OL       Cam Robinson, Alabama                    6-6       310      Junior  Monroe, LA

OL       Cody O’Connell, Washington State   6-8       354      Junior  Wenatchee, WA

OL       Roderick Johnson, Florida State         6-7       311      Junior  Florissant, MO

OL       Connor Williams, Texas                      6-6       288      Soph.   Coppell, TX

C         Pat Elfein, Ohio State                         6-3       300      Senior  Pickerington, OH

QB      Lamar Jackson, Louisville                   6-3       205      Soph.   Pompano Beach, FL

RB       Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State   5-9       180      Senior  Las Vegas, NV

RB       Dalvin Cook, Florida State #              5-11     213      Junior  Miami, FL

PK       Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State                        6-1       190      Senior  Deer Park, TX


First Team Defense

Pos.     Name, School                                     Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

DL       Myles Garrett, Texas A&M*              6-5       270      Junior  Arlington, TX

DL       Jonathan Allen, Alabama                    6-3       291      Senior Leesburg, VA

DL       DeMarcus Walker, Florida State        6-4       280      Senior  Jacksonville, FL

DL       Derek Barnett, Tennessee                   6-3       265      Junior  Nashville, TN

LB       Reuben Foster, Alabama                     6-1       228      Senior  Auburn, AL

LB       Jabrill Peppers, Michigan                    6-1       205      Junior  East Orange, NJ

LB       Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt           6-4       230      Junior  Pinson, AL

DB      Jourdan Lewis, Michigan #                 5-11     186      Senior Detroit, MI

DB      Malik Hooker, Ohio State                   6-2       205      Soph.   New Castle, PA

DB      Adoree’ Jackson, USC                       5-11     185      Junior  Belleville, IL

DB      Tre’Davious White, LSU                    6-0       197      Senior  Shreveport, LA

P          Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah                   6-2       220      Soph.   Gosnells, Australia

KR      Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh         5-8       190      Soph.   Wilmington, DE


Second Team Offense

Pos.     Name, School                                     Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

WR      Corey Davis, Western Michigan         6-3       213      Senior  Wheaton, IL

WR      Mike Williams, Clemson                     6-3       225      Junior Vance, SC

TE       Evan Engram, Ole Miss                      6-3       235      Senior  Powder Springs, GA

OL       Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh                 6-5       315      Senior  Belle Vernon, PA

OL       Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin                 6-6       314      Junior  Stevens Point, WI

OL       Billy Price, Ohio State                        6-4       315      Junior  Austintown, OH

OL       Dan Feeney, Indiana                           6-4       305      Senior  Orland Park, IL

C         Ethan Pocic, LSU                               6-7       302      Senior  Lemont, IL

QB      Deshaun Watson, Clemson #              6-3       215      Junior  Gainesville, GA

RB       D’Onta Foreman, Texas                      6-1       249      Junior  Texas City, TX

RB       Christian McCaffrey, Stanford #        6-0       200      Junior  Castle Rock, CO

PK       Daniel Carlson, Auburn #                   6-4       218      Junior  Colorado Springs, CO


Second Team Defense

Pos.     Name, School                                     Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

DL       Christian Wilkins, Clemson                6-4       310      Soph.   Springfield, MA

DL       Harold Landry, Boston College         6-3       250      Junior  Spring Lake, NC

DL       Hunter Dimick, Utah                          6-3       272      Senior  Syracuse, UT

DL       Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh                       6-1       255      Senior  Rankin, PA

LB       Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State #      6-2       243      Junior  Hinesville, GA

LB       Kendell Beckwith, LSU                     6-3       247      Senior  Clinton, LA

LB       Ben Boulware, Clemson                     6-0       235      Senior  Anderson, SC

DB      Rasul Douglas, West Virginia             6-2       203      Senior  East Orange, NJ

DB      Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama             6-1       203      Soph.   Old Bridge, NJ

DB      Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State     6-2       198      Soph.   Fort Lauderdale, FL

DB      Desmond King, Iowa *                      5-11     203      Senior  Detroit, MI

P          Cameron Johnston, Ohio State           5-11     198      Senior  Geelong, Australia

P          JK Scott, Alabama                              6-6       202      Junior  Denver, Colorado

KR      Adoree’ Jackson, USC                       5-11     1185    Junior  Belleville, IL


* – 2015 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection

# – 2015 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection