The 2016 College Football All-America Team includes those players of American college football who have been honored by various selector organizations as the best players at their respective positions. The selector organizations award the "All-America" honor annually following the conclusion of the fall college football season. The original All-America team was the 1889 College Football All-America Team selected by Caspar Whitney and Walter Camp.[1][2][3] In 1950, the National Collegiate Athletic Bureau, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) service bureau, compiled the first list of All-Americans including first-team selections on teams created for a national audience that received national circulation with the intent of recognizing selections made from viewpoints that were nationwide.[4] Since 1957, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the NCAA as well as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics athletes, covering all NCAA championship sports.

The 2016 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams chosen by the following selector organizations: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), USA Today (USAT), ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN),, Athlon Sports, and Fox Sports (FOX).

Currently, the NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men's basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. Players are chosen against other players playing at their position only. To be selected a consensus All-American, players must be chosen to the first team on at least two of the five official selectors as recognized by the NCAA. Second- and third-team honors are used to break ties. Players named first-team to all five selectors are deemed unanimous All-Americans. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine consensus and unanimous All-Americans.[5] The AFCA began selecting a second team in 2016.[6]

Twenty-seven players were recognized as consensus All-Americans for 2016, 14 of them being unanimous. Unanimous selections are followed by an asterisk (*).[7]

2016 Consensus All-Americans[8]
Name Position Year University
Lamar Jackson* Quarterback Sophomore Louisville
Dalvin Cook* Running back Junior Florida State
D'Onta Foreman Junior Texas
Corey Davis Wide receiver Senior Western Michigan
Dede Westbrook* Senior Oklahoma
Jake Butt Tight end Senior Michigan
Cody O'Connell* Offensive line Junior Washington State
Ryan Ramczyk Junior Wisconsin
Cam Robinson* Junior Alabama
Connor Williams Sophomore Texas
Pat Elflein* Center Senior Ohio State
Jonathan Allen* Defensive line Senior Alabama
Derek Barnett Junior Tennessee
Myles Garrett* Junior Texas A&M
DeMarcus Walker Senior Florida State
Zach Cunningham* Linebacker Junior Vanderbilt
Reuben Foster* Senior Alabama
Jabrill Peppers* Junior Michigan
Adoree' Jackson Defensive back Junior USC
Jourdan Lewis Senior Michigan
Malik Hooker* Sophomore Ohio State
Budda Baker Junior Washington
Minkah Fitzpatrick Sophomore Alabama
Tre'Davious White Senior LSU
Zane Gonzalez* Kicker Senior Arizona State
Mitch Wishnowsky* Punter Sophomore Utah
Quadree Henderson All-purpose Sophomore Pittsburgh



Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Offensive line



Defensive line


Defensive back

Special teams



All-purpose / return specialist

See also


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  2. ^ Martin, John Stuart (October 1961). "Walter Camp and His Gridiron Game". American Heritage. 12 (6). Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Newsome, Ron. "Amos Alonzo Stagg: Just Who Was This Guy, Anyway?". CBS Interactive/ Retrieved October 17, 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Football Award Winners". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "2010-11 NCAA Statistics Policies(updated 9/15/2010)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. September 15, 2010. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Jackson and Allen Headline 2016 FBS All-America Teams". American Football Coaches Association. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Bender, Bill (December 15, 2016). "Heisman winner Lamar Jackson leads the way on 2016 Consensus All-America Team". Sporting News. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. 2023. p. 17. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 26, 2023. Retrieved January 1, 2024.