Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2019 All-America Teams – the 130th Selected

Led by 2019 Player of the Year Joe Burrow, top-ranked LSU has four players on the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Teams, the 130th honored by the organization.  The nation’s oldest All-America squad was announced this evening on The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.

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In all, 32 different schools from eight conferences were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams (a total of 51 players selected).     

LSU (13-0) has three First Team honorees, and one on the Second Team. Second-ranked Ohio State has five All-Americans (2 First Team, 3 Second Team), while three Clemson players were named (2 First Team, 1 Second Team).   Fourth-ranked Oklahoma had two honorees.

Overall, the Big Ten Conference had the most honorees (15), followed by the Southeastern Conference (13) and Pac-12 (7).

The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President Mario Coppola was pleased with the voting participation.  “We are very appreciative of the continuing cooperation of the head 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 Burrow, a senior quarterback who was also selected the 2019 Walter Camp Player of the Year.  Second in the nation in passing efficiency (201.5), Burrow has passed for 46 touchdowns and 4,715 yards to lead a high-scoring Tiger offensive unit, one that averages 47.8 points per game.

Joining Burrow in the backfield are the junior Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) and sophomore Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State).  A repeat Walter Camp First Team All-American, Taylor has rushed for 1,909 yards and 21 touchdowns, while Hubbard has rushed for a nation’s leading 1,936 yards and has scored 21 touchdowns.

Junior CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) and sophomore Ja’Marr Chase (LSU) are the wide receivers.  Lamb has 58 catches for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Chase has 73 catches for 1,498 yards and 18 touchdowns.   

The tight end is senior Harrison Bryant (Florida Atlantic).  Bryant has 65 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns for the Conference USA-champion Owls this season.

On the offensive line, senior John Simpson (Clemson) is joined by sophomore Penei Sewell (Oregon) and juniors Tristan Wirfs (Iowa) and Andrew Thomas (Georgia).  Thomaswas a Second Team All-America honoree last season.   Junior Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin) is the offensive center.

Placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship (Georgia) earns First Team honors after converting 25 field goals and all 44 of his point-after-kicks this season for the Bulldogs.

Leading the defensive unit is junior Chase Young (Ohio State). Young has 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 quarterback sacks from his defensive end position. Young is joined in the defensive interior by two seniors – Derrick Brown (Auburn) and Bradlee Anae (Utah) – and two juniors – James Lynch (Baylor) and Curtis Weaver (Boise State).

Junior Isaiah Simmons (Clemson), who has 93 tackles and six quarterback sacks for the Tigers, leads the linebacker corps.  Simmons is joined by seniors Evan Weaver (California) and Zack Baun (Wisconsin).  Weaver is the nation’s leader in total tackles with 173 (14.4 per game).

Junior Grant Delpit (LSU) is a repeat First Team All-American in the defensive secondary.  Delpit is joined by senior J.R. Reed (Georgia), junior Jeff Okudah (Ohio State) and sophomore Antoine Winfield (Minnesota).  

The punter is junior Max Duffy (Kentucky), who averages a nation’s leading 48.6 yards per punt.  The kick returner is senior Joe Reed (Virginia), who averages 34.7 yards per kickoff return and has returned two for touchdowns.

Second Team Notables

Leading the Second Team is sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (Ohio State). Fields has passed for 2,953 yards and 40 touchdowns and has rushed for 10 more scores.    Fields is joined by his teammate, sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (1,829 yards, 20 touchdowns). 

Running back Travis Etienne (Clemson) is a repeat Second Team All-American after rushing for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Defensive end Kenny Willekes (Michigan State) is a Second Team All-American for the second straight year, while punter Braden Mann (Texas A&M) earns Second Team accolades after being on the First Team a year ago.

Three Alabama players made the Second Team – offensive lineman Jedrick Wills, linebacker Xavier McKinney and kick returner Jayden Waddle.  It is the first time since 2010 that the Crimson Tide did not have a Walter Camp First Team All-American.

There is one freshman among the 51 All-Americans – first-year defensive back Derek Stingley, Jr. (LSU).  Stingley has six interceptions and 15 pass break ups for the Tigers.

Members of the 2019 Walter Camp All-America teams and other major award winners (Distinguished American-Chris Berman, Man of the Year-Curtis Martin), will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by David McDermott Lexus of New Haven, on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Yale University’s Lanman Center.

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.

2019 Walter Camp All-America Teams

First Team Offense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

WR      Ja’Marr Chase, LSU                                       6-1       200      Soph.   Harvey, LA

WR      CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma                               6-2       191      Jr.        Richmond, TX

TE       Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic                   6-5       240      Sr.        Gray, GA

OL       Andrew Thomas, Georgia @                          6-5       320      Jr.        Lithonia, GA

OL       Penei Sewell, Oregon                                      6-6       325      Soph.   Malaeimi, American Samoa

OL       John Simpson, Clemson                                  6-4       330      Sr.        North Charleston, SC

OL       Tristan Wirfs, Iowa                                         6-5       322      Jr.        Mount Vernon, IA

C         Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin                                6-3       321      Jr.        Amherst, WI

QB      Joe Burrow, LSU                                            6-4       216      Sr.        Athens, OH

RB       Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin %                        5-11     221      Jr.        Salem, NJ

RB       Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State                   6-1       207      Soph.   Sherwood Park, CA

PK       Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia                       6-1       191      Sr.        Marietta, GA

First Team Defense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

DL       Chase Young, Ohio State                               6-5       265      Jr.        Cheltenham, MD

DL       Derrick Brown, Auburn                                  6-5       318      Sr.        Sugar Hill, GA

DL       Bradlee Anae, Utah                                        6-3       265      Sr.        Laie, HI

DL       James Lynch, Baylor                                       6-4       295      Jr.        Round Rock, TX

DL       Curtis Weaver, Boise State                             6-3       265      Jr.        Long Beach, CA

LB       Isaiah Simmons, Clemson                               6-4       230      Jr.        Olathe, KS

LB       Evan Weaver, California                                 6-3       235      Sr.        Spokane, WA

LB       Zack Baun, Wisconsin                                    6-3       235      Sr.        Brown Deer, WI

DB      Jeff Okudah, Ohio State                                 6-1       200      Jr.        Grand Prairie, TX

DB      Grant Delpit, LSU #                                       6-3       203      Jr.        Houston, TX

DB      J.R. Reed, Georgia                                          6-1       194      Sr.        Frisco, TX

DB      Antoine Winfield, Jr., Minnesota                   5-10     205      R-Soph. The Woodlands, TX

P          Max Duffy, Kentucky                                                6-1       186      Jr.        Perth, Australia

KR      Joe Reed, Virginia                                          6-1       215      Sr.        Charlotte Court House, VA

Second Team Offense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

WR      Michael Pittman, USC                                    6-4       22        Sr.        Woodland Hills, CA

WR      Omar Bayless, Arkansas State                        6-3       207      R-Sr.    Laurel, MS

TE       Noah Gray, Duke                                            6-4       240      Jr.        Leominster, MA

OL       Wyatt Davis, Ohio State                                 6-4       313      Soph.   Bellflower, CA

OL       Jedrick Wills, Alabama                                   6-5       320      Jr.        Lexington, KY

OL       Colton McKivitz, West Virginia                     6-7       312      R-Sr.    Jacobsburg, OH

OL       Ben Bredeson. Michigan                                6-5       325      Sr.        Hartland, WI

C         Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma                          6-3       315      Soph.   Shawnee, OK

QB      Justin Fields, Ohio State                                 6-3       225      Soph.   Kennesaw, GA

RB       J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State                                5-10     216      Jr.        La Grange, TX

RB       Travis Etienne, Clemson @                            5-10     200      Jr.        Jennings, LA

PK       Keith Duncan, Iowa                                       5-10     180      Jr.        Weddington, NC

Second Team Defense

Pos.     Name, School                                                 Hgt      Wgt     Class   Hometown

DL       AJ Epenesa, Iowa                                           6-6       280      Jr.        Glen Carbon, IL

DL       Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh                             6-2       290      R-Soph. Washington, DC

DL       Leki Fotu, Utah                                              6-5       335      Sr.        West Valley City, UT

DL       Kenny Willekes, Michigan State @                6-4       260      Jr.        Rockfield, MI

LB       Micah Parsons, Penn State                              6-3       245      Soph.   Harrisburg, PA

LB       Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech                             6-1       245      Sr.        Houston, TX

LB       Hamilcar Rashad, Oregon State                     6-4       236      R-Jr.    Phoenix, AZ

DB      Xavier McKinney, Alabama                           6-1       200      Jr.        Roswell, GA

DB      Derek Stingley, LSU                                      6-1       190      Fr.        Baton Rouge, LA

DB      Luq Barcoo, San Diego State                         6-1       175      Sr.        San Diego, CA

DB      Jaylon Johnson, Utah                                      6-0       190      Jr.        Fresno, CA

P          Braden Mann, Texas A&M #                         5-11     190      Sr.        Houston, TX

KR      Jaylen Waddle, Alabama                                5-10     182      Soph.   Houston, TX

# – 2018 Walter Camp First Team All-American

@ – 2018 Walter Camp Second Team All-American

% – 2017 Walter Camp Second Team and 2018 First Team All-American