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B/Rs College Football All-American Teams 2022

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    The end of the 2022 season is a bittersweet moment. With bowls and the college football playoffs still in sight, our weekdays are quieter and Saturdays aren’t as chaotic.

    But a season’s outstanding work always deserves recognition, and All-American teams do just that.

    The Bleacher Report’s writing panel — Max Escarpio, David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty, and Brad Shepard — cast a vote for their 2022 All-Americans.

    Unsurprisingly, the Big Ten — with two CFP teams — garnered a conference-high 12 selections. At every other Power Five conference, there were multiple choices, and there were representatives from AAC and Mountain West.


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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02: USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) falls back to pass during the Pac-12 championship football game between Utah Utes and USC Trojans on December 2, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV .  (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    QB: Caleb Williams, USC

    While not winning the Heisman Trophy, the Oklahoma transfer put together a truly memorable year.

    Williams followed OU coach Lincoln Riley to USC, where the duo gave a serious jolt to a struggling program. USC streaked its 4-8 campaign in 2021, leading Williams to an 11-2 record and a Pac-12 championship game berth.

    Along the way, Williams hit 66.1 percent of his passes for 4,075 yards and 37 touchdowns — tied with the FBS lead — against four interceptions. He averaged 9.1 yards per attempt, the sixth-highest clip in the nation. Williams also rushed for 372 yards and 10 more points.

Running backs

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    AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 25: Bijan Robinson #5 of the Texas Longhorns runs between Brooks Miller #41 of the Baylor Bears and Devin Lemear #20 in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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    RB: Blake Corum, Michigan

    Were it not for a knee injury late in the season, Corum might have won the Heisman Trophy. Instead, he will settle for it many All-American Honors. He mustered 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground as the basis for Michigan’s run-first offense. Corum crossed the 100-yard mark in eight straight games and peaked at 243 against Maryland.

    RB: Bijan Robinson, Texas

    The Longhorns were plagued by inconsistencies, but Robinson has been a steady elite contributor. The versatile back exceeded 100 scrimmage yards in 11 games, including two of the best 243-yard days of his career. Robinson led the FBS with 1,894 scrimmage yards and tied for second with 20 touchdowns.

Wide receivers and tight ends

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    Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) catches a touchdown pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo /Wade Payne)

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    WR: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

    It looks like he’s following in his father’s footsteps from the NFL Hall of Famer, right? Harrison rose to Ohio State’s main target from a backup in 2021 as Jaxon Smith-Njigba struggled with a hamstring injury all year. Harrison caught 72 passes for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    WR: Charlie Jones, Purdue

    After playing in both Buffalo and Iowa, Jones transferred to Purdue and found an ideal home. The respected kick-returner became a dynamic receiver, leading the FBS in both catches (110) and yards (1,361) while scoring 12 touchdowns.

    WR: Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

    The big-play machine tore Alabama apart for 207 yards and five touchdowns to mark a stellar year. Much like Harrison, Hyatt performed in Cedric Tillman’s absence and carried the receiving corps. Hyatt rallied 67 passes for 1,267 yards and FBS-high 15 TD catches.

    TE: Dalton Kincaid, Utah

    Michael Mayer got serious attention from voters, but Kincaid edged out Notre Dame’s star target. Kincaid beat the Pac-12 champions with 70 receptions, 890 yards — the most at his FBS position, given that Syracuse standout Oronde Gadsden II was almost exclusively a receiver — and eight touchdowns.

Offensive Linemen

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    Offensive Northwest's Peter Skoronski (77) in action against Duke during the first half of an NCAA football game on Saturday, September 10, 2022 in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

    AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

    OT: Peter Skoronski, Northwest

    OG: Cooper Beebe, State of Kansas

    C: John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

    Upper floor: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida

    OT: Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State

    One way or another, those decisions had to be Big Ten-heavy. Michigan had a trio of All-Big Ten first-team picks alongside Northwestern’s Skoronski — the league’s Lineman of the Year — Minnesota’s Schmitz and Ohio State’s Johnson. In short, it was an excellent year for the conference, although the Michigan three fell just short of B/R’s roster.

    Beebe was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year and played a key role at run-oriented Kansas State, which won the conference.

    Torrence, an AP All-SEC first-team selection, completes the quintet after a great year. The Sun Belt first-team pick in 2021 followed Louisiana head coach Billy Napier and continued to thrive with Florida.

Defensive linemen

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Georgia Bulldogs defensive linemen Jalen Carter (88) watches the game during the SEC Championship game between the LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs on December 03, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.  (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    EN: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

    Though Anderson didn’t get as much attention this season, the record-breaking edge rusher had another productive year. He accumulated 51 tackles with 17 for losses and 10 sacks and also returned an interception for a touchdown. Anderson finished fourth nationally in the regular season with 59 appearances Focus on professional football.

    DT: Jalen Carter, Georgia

    Simple numbers don’t explain Carter’s influence. The 6’3″, 300-pound interior player is an all-out presence that makes the game that little bit easier for Georgia’s linebackers and safeties. Carter accumulated 29 tackles (seven for losses and three sacks) and forced two fumbles for the SEC -Champions .

    DT: Jonah Tavai, San Diego State

    As usual, SDSU presented an overwhelming defender. Tavai occasionally switched to the end, but he mainly lined up inside. He generated 61 pressures, the third-most in the regular season according to the PFF. Tavai totaled 57 tackles with 12.5 in the backfield and nine sacks.

    EN: Tuli Tuipulotu, USC

    The best of a bad situation, right? Though the USC defense struggled overall, Tuipulotu did the exact opposite. Among his 44 tackles, he accumulated an FBS-leading 12.5 sacks and finished second with 21 stop losses.


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    Cincinnati linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. (0) plays during an NCAA collegiate football game against East Carolina on Friday, November 11, 2022, in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

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    LB: Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati

    Last season, Pace landed in first-team All-MAC honors with Miami, Ohio. He traded that for recognition as AAC Defensive Player of the Year after joining Cincinnati. Pace held top-10 finishes in the national top-10 ranks on tackles (120; 10th) and stops for loss (19.5; 3rd), recorded nine sacks and forced two fumbles.

    LB: Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State

    Eichenberg stabilized defense for CFP-bound Ohio State starting with team-high totals of 112 tackles and 12 losses. The senior had 2.5 sacks, three pass breakups and grabbed an interception for a touchdown.

    LB: Cedric Gray, North Carolina

    Gray, on the other hand, did a little of everything. Most notably, he ranked second nationally with 138 tackles — including 10 takedowns for losses and a sack. Additionally, the first-team all-ACC pick snagged two interceptions, stopped five passes and forced three fumbles.

defensive backs

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    Devon Witherspoon (No. 31)

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    CB: Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

    Illinois put together an 8-4 campaign based on an absurdly tacky runner-up (national-leading 22 INTs). Witherspoon gave a passer rating of 24.6, the lowest among the Power Five corners, according to PFF. He provided 41 tackles with 2.5 for loss, three interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

    CB: Joey Porter Jr., Penn State

    Another son of a once-prominent pro, Porter cemented his reputation as an early-round NFL draft candidate. The three-time All-Big Ten selection allowed just 15 receptions all season. per PFFwhile adding 27 tackles.

    S: Kamren Kinchens, Miami

    Miami had a tough season, but Kinchens emerged as a cornerstone of the defense’s future. Along with 59 tackles (1.5 for losses), he caught six interceptions, abandoned six more passes, and forced a fumble. Kinchens also landed first-team All-ACC honors.

    S: Sydney Brown, Illinois

    Witherspoon blocked one side of the secondary and Brown wandered all over the middle. Illini star running back Chase Brown’s twin brother absolutely crammed the boxing score. Brown registered 59 tackles with 3.5 losses, six interceptions, one forced and recovered fumble, seven pass breakups, and two defensive touchdowns.


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    RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 08: North Carolina State Wolfpack's Christopher Dunn #32 reacts after scoring a field goal with 12:07 remaining in their Carter-Finley Stadium on October 8, 2022 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina scored the game against the Florida State Seminoles.  NC State won 19-17.  (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

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    K: Christopher Dunn, State of North Carolina

    Dunn missed a single kick in 2022 but buried a game-winner in overtime at rivals North Carolina that night. It is to say that he has been forgiven. The fifth-year starter hit 24 of 25 field goals, including a 10-of-11 mark at 40 yards or longer. Dunn also buried all 30 extra points.

    P: Adam Korsak, Rutgers

    On the surface, a punter ranking 30th in yards per attempt might be an odd choice. Also note, however, that only two of Korsak’s 77 punts resulted in a touchback and that Rutgers finished with an FBS-best 11 return yards allowed. Korsak was a legitimate star.

    KR: Jaylin Lucas, Indiana

    PR: Anthony Gould, Oregon State

    Statistics for returnees are pretty simple. If you score on multiple returns, you will be given special consideration.

    Lucas is the obvious pick considering he’s the only player in the nation to score twice on kickoffs. Five players returned two punts home, but Gould led the quintet with an average of 18.6 yards (10 attempt minimum) on his 14 attempts.

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