The 2021 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] The National Collegiate Athletic Bureau, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) service bureau, compiled, in the 1950, 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, including all NCAA championship sports.

The 2021 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), Sporting News (TSN, from its historic name of The Sporting News), Sports Illustrated (SI), The Athletic (Athletic), USA Today (USAT) ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN), Scout.com, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, 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 half of the five official selectors as recognized by the NCAA. Second- and third-team honors are used to break ties. Players named first-team by 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]

Twenty-seven players were recognized as consensus All-Americans for 2021, ten of them unanimously. Unanimous selections are followed by an asterisk (*).

2021 Consensus All-Americans
Name Position Year University
Bryce Young Quarterback Sophomore Alabama
Breece Hall Running back Junior Iowa State
Kenneth Walker III* Junior Michigan State
Jordan Addison Wide receiver Sophomore Pittsburgh
David Bell Junior Purdue
Trey McBride* Tight end Senior Colorado State
Ikem Ekwonu* Offensive line Sophomore NC State
Darian Kinnard Senior Kentucky
Kenyon Green Junior Texas A&M
Tyler Linderbaum* Junior Iowa
Evan Neal Junior Alabama
Jordan Davis* Defensive line Senior Georgia
Aidan Hutchinson* Senior Michigan
DeMarvin Leal Junior Texas A&M
Kayvon Thibodeaux* Junior Oregon
Will Anderson Jr.* Linebacker Sophomore Alabama
Nakobe Dean* Junior Georgia
Devin Lloyd Senior Utah
Sauce Gardner Defensive back Junior Cincinnati
Kyle Hamilton Junior Notre Dame
Verone McKinley III Sophomore Oregon
Jalen Pitre Senior Baylor
Jake Moody Kicker Senior Michigan
Matt Araiza* Punter Junior San Diego State
Brian Battie All-Purpose/Return Specialist Sophomore South Florida
Marcus Jones Senior Houston
Deuce Vaughn Sophomore Kansas State

Offense

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Offensive line

Defense

Defensive line

Linebacker

Defensive back

Special teams

Kicker

Punter

Long snapper

All-purpose / return specialist

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY.
  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/NCAA.org. 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.

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