In a bit of a surprise, the Football Writers Association of America’s 71st All-America selections featured more selections from the Big Ten Conference than any other, with the Southeastern Conference tied for second with the Pac-12.
The breakdown, as announced on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Football Nation” on Wednesday evening was: Big Ten (7), Pac-12 (6), SEC (6), Big 12 (4) Atlantic Coast (2) and Mountain West (1).
The SEC had five first-team selections, but just one one the second team.
Florida State placed one player on the first team and four on the second team to lead all schools with a combined five.
This was just the second season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA named a second team.
2014 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon, 6-4 219, Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana, 6-1 210, Jr., Tinley Park, Ill.
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, 6-1 213, Jr., Kenosha, Wis.
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama, 6-1 210, Jr., Miami, Fla.
WR Rashard Higgins, Colorado State, 6-2 188, So., Mesquite, Texas
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota, 6-4 250, So., Waconia, Minn.
OL Spencer Drango, Baylor, 6-6 310, Jr., Cedar Park, Texas
OL Jake Fisher, Oregon, 6-6 300, Sr., Traverse City, Mich.
OL Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, 6-4 330, Sr., Jesup, Ga.
OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa, 6-5 320, Sr., Denison, Iowa
C Reese Dismukes, Auburn, 6-3 295, Sr., Spanish Fort, Ala.
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State, 6-5 278, So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DL Malcom Brown, Texas, 6-2 320, Jr., Brenham, Texas
DL Nate Orchard, Utah, 6-4 255, Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah
DL Shane Ray, Missouri, 6-3 245, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
LB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington, 6-3 246, Sr., Hau’ula, Hawaii
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State, 6-5 249, Jr. Tunica, Miss.
LB Scooby Wright III, Arizona, 6-1 246, So., Windsor, Calif.
DB Landon Collins, Alabama, 6-0 222, Jr., New Orleans. La.
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State, 6-1 202, Sr., Masury, Ohio
DB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, 5-9 176, Sr., Pascagoula, Miss.
DB Gerod Holliman, Louisville, 6-2 213, So., Miami, Fla.
K Brad Craddock, Maryland, 6-0 185, Jr., Adelaide, Australia
P Tom Hackett, Utah, 5-11 187, Jr., Melbourne, Australia
KR Mario Alford, West Virginia, 5-9 177, Sr., Greenville, Ga.
PR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, 5-11 175, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.
QB Trevone Boykin, TCU
RB James Conner, Pittsburgh; Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State; Kevin White, West Virginia
TE Nick O’Leary, Florida State
OL A.J. Cann, South Carolina; T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh; Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin; Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech
C Greg Mancz, Toledo
DL Vic Beasley, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; Randy Gregory, Nebraska; Leonard Williams, USC
LB Jordan Hicks, Texas; Mike Hull, Penn State; Eric Kendricks, UCLA
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin; Jeremy Cash, Duke; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech; Jalen Ramsey, Florida State.
K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
P Scott Harding, Hawaii
KR Jamarcus Nelson, UAB
PR De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska.