Alabama Football Tops Athlon Sports Preseason All-America Team
A day after naming 14 Alabama players to its preseason All-SEC team, highly-regarded college football publication Athlon Sports placed eight Crimson Tide players on its preseason All-America teams.
The Tide’s eight selections leads the nation along with the eight chosen from Clemson, the team Alabama defeated in the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Alabama’s four first team selections – sophomore wide receiver Calvin Ridley, junior offensive tackle Cam Robinson, senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and junior punter JK Scott – is the most among all programs.
Seniors Reuben Foster (linebacker) and Eddie Jackson (safety) were named to the second team while junior tight end O.J. Howard and senior linebacker Tim Williams were named to the fourth team.
Athlon's All-America teams are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 All-America team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming season.