That means more than just the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded on Saturday. With the regular season finished, it's also time to name All-America teams. While an excessive number of injuries for All-America candidates has marred the season -- Nick Chubb, Scooby Wright, Myles Jack, Seth Russell, etc. -- 2015 has still been filled with plenty of exciting awards races, extending beyond the Heisman Trophy.
There is, in particular, a wealth of talent in college football at running back and defensive end, making All-America debates difficult.
Sports on Earth has selected three 2015 college football All-America teams, with explanations for every player, along with an All-Freshman team at the bottom.
First Team All-America
QB: Deshaun Watson, Clemson. The driving force behind Clemson's undefeated season, Watson has helped make up for slip-ups on defense over the last month to push Clemson to the playoff. He has 3,512 passing yards, 887 rushing yards and 41 total touchdowns, making him a Heisman Trophy finalist.
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford. McCaffrey is the best all-purpose player in the nation, but we'll give him the nod at running back. He set the FBS single-season all-purpose yards record previously held by Barry Sanders, rushing for 1,847 yards, catching 51 passes for 540 yards and averaging 28.9 yards per kick. He's one of the nation's top rushers, the best receiver out of the backfield and one of the best kick returners.
RB: Derrick Henry, Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound workhorse has carried the ball 90 times the last two games and a national-most 339 times. Yes, his 1,986 yards and 23 TDs are partially a product of volume, but there's a reason that Alabama hands the ball to Henry so many times. He's powerful and unstoppable when he gets a crease, and he wears down defenses like nobody else.
WR: Corey Coleman, Baylor. Coleman stumbled down the stretch as part of Baylor's run of poor play and bad luck, with four quarterbacks playing because of injuries. And yet he still had a phenomenal season overall, catching 74 passes for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns. He's a tremendous big-play threat with explosiveness and quick-twitch athleticism.
WR: Josh Doctson, TCU. A wrist injury cost Doctson most of the last month, but he led the nation in receiving yards per game (132.7), despite missing half the Oklahoma State game and being limited against Kansas. He has 79 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns, serving as a great all-around receiver and big-play machine with a tremendous rapport with QB Trevone Boykin.
TE: Hunter Henry, Arkansas. The nation's best all-around tight end, Henry continues to be an asset in the running game as a blocker, but he has also benefited from Arkansas' increased reliance on Brandon Allen's passing. He has 46 catches for 647 yards and three TDs, averaging 14 yards per reception -- an impressive number for a 253-pound tight end. He's also responsible for the miracle lateral against Ole Miss.
OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State. The former walk-on has excelled as a three-year starter, rarely getting beat in the passing game. An injury limited him a bit this season, but overall Conklin has been dominant again, for a line that has allowed a modest 17 sacks in 13 games.
OT: Taylor Decker, Ohio State. Decker has been a huge part of Ohio State's success the last two years, playing a big part in Ezekiel Elliott's massive production as a running back, along with J.T. Barrett's option running.
G: Landon Turner, North Carolina. North Carolina was underappreciated all season, and a big part of its run to an 11-2 record was its veteran offensive line. The group is led by Turner, the best player on an offense that leads the nation in yards per play, doesn't give up many sacks and ranks third in yards per rush.
G: Joshua Garnett, Stanford. The Cardinal love to play physical football, relying on a lot of jumbo formations, and nobody has been better than Garnett in helping to pave the way for Christian McCaffrey's Heisman campaign -- in addition to QB Kevin Hogan's excellent senior season.
Look at 51 getting his work in https://t.co/eGv6Hb8ceH— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) October 25, 2015
C: Ryan Kelly, Alabama. Alabama's offensive line had ups and downs this season, but Kelly is the anchor in the middle, a reliable three-year starter who is Derrick Henry's best friend in the running game.
DE: Carl Nassib, Penn State. A former walk-on who didn't start until this season, as a fifth-year senior, Nassib leads the nation in sacks despite dealing with an injury the last two games. The Nittany Lions' pass rush struggled without him. He has 15 ½ sacks, an interception and a national-best six forced fumbles.
DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State. Bosa's statistics fell this year, with only five sacks, but he still has 16 tackles for loss, an interception a forced fumble and a ridiculous amount of attention from opposing offenses -- including Illinois' triple-team. Bosa has been as good as ever, proving to be a disruptive pass rusher while also excellent against the run.
DT: A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama. Robinson is at the center of the most intimidating unit in college football, anchoring a deep, athletic and enormous defensive line. When the 312-pound defensive tackle is not jumping over linemen to block extra points, he's anchoring the nation's beset run defense.
DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor. Defensive end Shawn Oakman entered the season with more hype, but Billings is the most consistently dominant player. The disruptive and athletic junior has 14 tackles for loss and helps clog the middle for the Bears.
LB: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame. A tremendous athlete with instincts and range in pass coverage and run defense, Smith has thrived for an improved Notre Dame, with 113 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.
LB: Reggie Ragland, Alabama. A prototypical Alabama linebacker, the 252-pound senior is a stalwart in the middle for Alabama, backing up the excellent D-line with 90 tackles, 6 ½ tackles for loss, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He's the total package for the best defense in college football.
LB: Kentrell Brothers, Missouri. While Missouri had a disappointing season, the defense remained excellent, ranking third in yards per play. Brothers is among the most reliable defenders in college football, leading the nation with 152 tackles. He also has 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
CB: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State. The versatile Seminoles star moved back to cornerback this year, and he excels no matter where he lines up. He's the most complete cornerback in the nation, bringing length and athleticism to the position and the ability to lock down receivers in coverage but also defend the run. Offenses avoid him, and he has 43 tackles and 10 pass breakups.
CB: Desmond King, Iowa. Iowa has been smart and stingy at just about every position, but King emerged as the team's top playmaker. He is second in the nation with eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and he has 67 tackles and 12 pass breakups, to go along with his skill as a return man.
S: Jeremy Cash, Duke. Cash essentially acts as a linebacker/safety hybrid, doing everything for the Duke defense as the strong safety in its 4-2-5 alignment. He has 80 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 2 ½ sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles, making plays all over the field for the Blue Devils.
S: Trae Elston, Ole Miss. The rover in Ole Miss' 4-2-5 alignment, Elston is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior who has been a ball hawk with great range, racking up 66 tackles, 12 pass breakups, 4 ½ tackles for loss and four interceptions -- two of which were returned for touchdowns.
K: Ka'imi Fairbairn, UCLA. The Bruins senior has hit 20 of 23 field goals and all 44 extra points this season. He made a 60-yard field goal against California, one of two games in which he went 4 of 4 on field goal attempts. He also leads the nation in kickoff average.
P: Tom Hackett, Utah. Last year's Ray Guy Award winner is a finalist again, giving Utah consistent field-position advantages by averaging 47.8 yards per punt. He has two punts longer than 70 yards, and the Utes lead the nation in net punting.
KR: Morgan Burns, Kansas State. The senior defensive back is second in the nation in kick return average, taking four kicks back for touchdowns, including in three of the last four games. That includes a 96-yarder that proved to be the game-winning touchdown against West Virginia last week, pushing the Wildcats to six wins.
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Second Team All-America
QB: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma. Mayfield has gone from opening day walk-on freshman starter at Texas Tech to Heisman candidate at Oklahoma as a redshirt sophomore, although he just missed the Heisman finalist cut. Mayfield ranks second nationally in passer rating, completing 68.6 percent for 3,389 yards with 35 touchdowns and five picks, and he has rushed for 420 yards and seven touchdowns.
RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU. Despite some forgettable outings in November, Fournette still leads the nation in rushing yards per game, with 271 carries for 1,741 yards and 18 touchdowns, giving him an average of 6.4 yards per carry and 158.3 yards per game. His Heisman campaign fell apart, but he remains the most talented tailback in college football.
RB: Dalvin Cook, Florida State. The nation's most explosive running back, Cook averages 7.9 yards per carry, and his numbers would be even more absurd had he not dealt with some injuries. He has 211 carries for 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns, with 13 rushes of 30-plus yards, according to cfbstats.com.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC. A fractured hand has limited Smith-Schuster a bit, but he continues to thrive as a physical, aggressive sophomore. He has 85 catches for 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns , and he's also made a name for himself with his stiff-arm ability.
WR: Will Fuller, Notre Dame. One of the nation's best deep threats, Fuller averages 20.5 yards per catch, with 56 receptions for 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been the best weapon for unexpected starting quarterback DeShone Kizer, and he caught game-winning touchdowns against Virginia and Temple.
TE: Jake Butt, Michigan. After a terrific junior season, Butt made everyone at Michigan happy by announcing on Tuesday that he will return for his senior year. Jim Harbaugh loves to use tight ends and fullbacks, and Butt has been a valuable target for Jake Rudock, catching 48 passes for 620 yards and three TDs.
OT: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame. Injuries have dealt big blows to Notre Dame's backfield, but players like QB DeShone Kizer and RB C.J. Prosise have thrived in part because of Notre Dame's O-line. Stanley, a possible top-10 draft pick, bringing tremendous athleticism to the left tackle position.
OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor. Baylor's quarterbacks don't get sacked, and it ranks seventh in rushing yards per attempt. Drango plays a big role in both, with 47 career starts as part of the Bears' offensive surge under Art Briles.
G: Pat Elflein, Ohio State. A 300-pound junior, Elflein is a key part of Ohio State's excellent ground attack, serving as a physical, powerful blocker for Ezekiel Elliott.
G: Dan Feeney, Indiana. The Hoosiers' offensive line hasn't gotten enough credit the last two years. Led by Feeney and tackle Jason Spriggs, they paved the way for Tevin Coleman's 2,000-yard season, and now they helped UAB transfer Jordan Howard to 1,200 yards in just nine games.
C: Nick Martin, Notre Dame. Notre Dame has seamlessly shuffled from Tarean Folston to C.J. Prosise to Josh Adams at tailback, and while all are talented, life has been made a lot easier with a Martin opening holes up the middle.
DE: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M. The most explosive pass rusher in college football, Garrett saw his torrid first-half pace slow down in the second half, right along with Texas A&M's success as a whole. Still, Garrett has 11 ½ sacks, 18 ½ tackles for loss, 57 tackles, an interception and five force fumbles, and he requires constant extra attention from offenses.
Good God, Myles Garrett. Ridiculous first step burst and finish. https://t.co/Yu5RGuGcr5— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) September 6, 2015
DE: Shaq Lawson, Clemson. Clemson's defense played at a high level for much of the season despite losing a ton of starpower in the front seven from last year's squad. Lawson is a big reason why. He has played well in high-profile matchups -- he got the best of Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley -- and he leads the nation with 22 ½ tackles for loss and has 9 ½ sacks.
DT: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss. Once again, Nkemdiche's numbers are modest: 29 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, two pass breakups … plus three touchdowns on offense. But don't confuse the lack of numbers for mediocre performance. Nkemdiche is an athletic force for the Rebels, drawing a ton of attention from offenses and wreaking havoc on offensive lines.
DT: Jonathan Bullard, Florida. The Gators rank eighth nationally in yards per play allowed, and the versatile Bullard has been the best player up front for a team that also boasts an excellent secondary. He has 63 tackles, 17 ½ tackles for loss and 6 ½ sacks, and he can line up at either end or tackle.
LB: Joe Schobert, Wisconsin. The Badgers continue to play great defense, ranking fourth nationally in yards per play allowed. This is a loaded unit, and Schobert is the standout, with 18 ½ tackles for loss, 9 ½ sacks, 76 tackles and five forced fumbles as a force off the edge.
LB: Tyler Matakevich, Temple. The senior has had a remarkably productive career and was the standout player of an excellent Temple team that has had one of the best seasons in school history. Matakevich has recorded over 100 tackles in four straight seasons. This year, he has 126 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4 ½ sacks and five interceptions.
LB: Su'a Cravens, USC. The hybrid safety/linebacker continues to shine, even if USC's defense found plenty of trouble this season. A versatile athlete, Cravens has 78 tackles, 14 ½ tackles for loss, 5 ½ sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He makes plays everywhere and is adept in all phases of the game on defense.
CB: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan. Lewis may be undersized at 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, but he broke out as one of the nation's top cornerbacks as a junior. He has 19 pass breakups, two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and 49 tackles, often shutting down one half of the field.
CB: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson. The redshirt sophomore, a former five-star recruit, has just 21 tackles and four pass breakups, and he has never intercepted a pass. Look at his numbers, and it seems like he has barely played. There's a reason for that: The ball never comes near him. He shut down Will Fuller in the Tigers' win over Notre Dame, which was part of a trend all season for the top corner on the nation's No. 5 pass defense.
S: Jayron Kearse, Clemson. The nephew of former Florida great Jevon Kearse, Jayron Kearse has emerged as a star as a junior. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder looks like a linebacker, and he has 52 tackles, 6 ½ tackles for loss and six pass breakups.
S: Eddie Jackson, Alabama. Jackson seamlessly moved from cornerback to safety this year, making the move pay off. He has 40 tackles and five interceptions, returning two of the picks for touchdowns.
K: Daniel Carlson, Auburn. Field goals have played a bigger role in the Auburn offense than the Tigers expected, but at least they have a top place kicker. Carlson has hit 22 of 26 field goals, including four of 51 of more yards. He hasn't missed an extra point, and he's fourth in kickoff touchback percentage.
P: Hayden Hunt, Colorado State. The Rams are second nationally in net punting, with Hunt averaging 46.3 yards per punt. He's placed 23 of his 50 punts inside the 20-yard line.
KR: William Likely, Maryland. The star cornerback has continued to shine on returns, with two punt returns and one kickoff return taken back for touchdowns this season.
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Third Team All-America
QB: Trevone Boykin, TCU. Despite a late-season ankle injury, Boykin has duplicated and improved upon some numbers from last year, when he finished fourth in the Heisman vote. He has 3,575 passing yards, 612 rushing yards and 40 total touchdowns.
RB: Royce Freeman, Oregon. Freeman seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle a bit amid all the great running backs. He shouldn't be overlooked. He's been a star throughout his sophomore season, rushing 247 times for 1,706 yards and 14 TDs.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State. Beyond the disastrous Michigan State game for all the Buckeyes, Elliott has continued to be one of the most consistently productive players in college football. He has 262 carries for 1,672 yards and 19 TDs, rushing for over 100 yards in 16 of his last 17 games dating back to last season.
WR: Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma. Shepard was underrated entering this season because of injuries last year, but he has formed a phenomenal pairing with Baker Mayfield, catching 79 passes for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdowns.
WR: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State. A breakout player in his senior season, Burbridge became Connor Cook's go-to receiver, with 80 catches for 1,219 yards and seven touchdowns.
TE: Jaylen Samuels, N.C. State. The 5-foot-11, 236-pound Samuels plays all around the formation for the Wolfpack, serving as a hybrid H-back type of player. The sophomore has a team-high 64 catches for 599 yards and seven TDs and has rushed 53 times for 315 yards and seven touchdowns.
OT: Kyle Murphy, Stanford. Murphy has joined guard Joshua Garnett in leading what might be the nation's best offensive line.
OT: Vadal Alexander, LSU. A former guard, Alexander excelled at tackle for much of the year, helping to create lanes for Leonard Fournette's monster season.
G: Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas. Most known for throwing a touchdown pass last year, Tretola has been a stalwart for Bret Bielema's offensive line, which allowed only 12 sacks in 12 games and led a big season for tailback Alex Collins.
G: Jordan Walsh, Iowa. The Hawkeyes' line played well all year, maintaining stability for an offense that shuffled through running backs but continued to provide at an impressive rate.
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State. Allen has had a fantastic career as a four-year starter, anchoring one of the nation's top offensive lines. Extra credit, of course, goes for his rushing touchdown.
DE: DeForest Buckner, Oregon. The Ducks have had issues in pass defense, but Buckner is a monster up front in their 3-4 scheme. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder has 76 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State. Ogbah has been consistently excellent the last two years for the Cowboys. As a junior, he has 17 ½ tackles for loss, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and 61 tackles.
DT: Sheldon Day, Notre Dame. The versatile Day has been a disruptive star for the Fighting Irish all season, with 41 tackles, 14 ½ tackles for loss and four sacks, constantly getting into opposing backfields.
DT: Kenny Clark, UCLA. The Bruins lost three key starters on defense for much of the season, including tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. There were some problems as the season wore on, but Clark was a star. The 310-pound junior is second on the team with 64 tackles and has nine tackles for loss, five sacks, five pass breakups and a receiving touchdown.
LB: Steven Daniels, Boston College. Forget the struggles of the Boston College offense. The defense has played lights-out football, ranking first nationally in yards per play allowed. The centerpiece is Daniels, a senior who has 82 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and six sacks.
LB: Anthony Walker, Northwestern. Great defense has lifted Northwestern to a surprising 10-2 season. Walker has been a leader, with 113 tackles, 19 ½ tackles for loss and three sacks for a defense that gives up 3.5 yards per rush. Apologies to Ohio State, as this spot could have also gone to any of their three outstanding starting linebackers too: Raekwon McMillan, Darron Lee and Joshua Perry.
LB: Gionni Paul, Utah. The best player on the nation's No. 6 run defense, Paul has a team-high 109 tackles with 12 ½ tackles for loss, four interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
CB: Vernon Hargreaves, Florida. One of the nation's top cornerbacks each of the last three years, since coming to Florida as a five-star recruit, Hargreaves has kept up his high level of play, adding another four interceptions this year and seeing plenty of teams stay away from him.
CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma. The aggressive Sanchez continues to make a lot of plays on the ball. He's had six interceptions each of the last two years, despite missing two games this season.
S: Marcus Maye, Florida. The Gators boast arguably the best secondary in the country, led by Vernon Hargreaves and Jalen Tabor at cornerback. Maye provides excellent support at safety, with 73 tackles, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.
S: Derwin James, Florida State. The five-star freshman has lived up to the hype immediately, wreaking havoc for the Seminoles all over the field. On what has been an outstanding defense, James is second in tackles with 77, and he has 7 ½ tackles for loss, 3 ½ sacks and two force fumbles.
K: Jake Elliott, Memphis. Elliott has connected on 22 of 26 field goals and made all 62 extra points, in addition to ranking first nationally in kickoff touchback percentage.
P: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State. Johnston is a master of landing the ball inside the 20-yard line, helping to give the Buckeyes a huge field position edge, and he averages 44 yards per punt.
KR: Evan Berry, Tennessee. The brother of Tennessee legend Eric Berry, Evan has made a name for himself as a sophomore defensive back who stands out on special teams. He leads the nation in kick return average (38.3) thanks to three kick returns for touchdowns.
QB: Josh Rosen, UCLA. Rosen had plenty of ups and downs, but his upside is quite apparent, as he's the most polished freshman quarterback in college football. He has completed 59.5 percent for 3,350 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine picks.
RB: Saquon Barkley, Penn State. Despite missing time with an ankle injury and dealing with an erratic offense around him, Barkley has been a star, rushing 165 times for 1,007 yards (6.1 per carry) and seven TDs and catching 15 passes for 148 yards and a TD, mixing in plenty of highlight-reel plays.
RB: Myles Gaskin, Washington. Huskies fans have to love the potential of their backfield with Gaskin and freshman QB Jake Browning. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Gaskin has 201 carries for 1,121 yards and 10 TDs.
WR: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M. The Aggies have recruited a lot of skill-position talent, but much of it underwhelmed this year. That's not true for Kirk. He caught a team-high 70 passes for 925 yards and six TDs and averages 24.4 yards on 14 punt returns with two TDs.
WR: Calvin Ridley, Alabama. With Alabama losing its top three receivers from last year, including Amari Cooper, it was a given that the highly touted Ridley would play a big role. He got better and better as the season went on, catching 75 passes for 893 yards and five TDs.
WR: Richie James, Middle Tennessee. Playing with freshman quarterback Brent Stockstill, James was a little-known recruit who has shined as a redshirt freshman. At 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, James has 100 catches for 1,220 yards and six touchdowns.
OL: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson. One of the most remarkable things about Clemson's 13-0 record is that Deshaun Watson is playing behind a new offensive line. Only one starter returned thanks to Isaiah Battle entering the supplemental draft, and that starter, center Ryan Norton, missed much of the year with an injury. Hyatt in particular has quickly become an essential piece of the puzzle as Battle's replacement at left tackle.
OL: Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama: The redshirt freshman has started every game for the Crimson Tide at left guard, helping to push Derrick Henry to the Heisman ceremony.
OL: Connor Williams, Texas. Williams enrolled in the spring and won a starting job in the summer, starting all 12 games for the Longhorns as the team's left tackle.
OL: Martez Ivey, Florida. A five-star recruit, Ivey worked his way into the starting lineup in the second half of the season, becoming the Gators' starting left guard.
OL: Will Clapp, LSU. The LSU line had some struggles in November, but Clapp started all 11 games for the Tigers at guard, opening holes for Leonard Fournette and even falling on a fumble for a touchdown against Ole Miss.
DE: Josh Sweat, Florida State. One of the top recruits in the class of 2015, Sweat has shown flashes of greatness with 38 tackles, 3 ½ tackles for loss and an interception, moving into a starting role for a very good Seminoles defense.
DE: Walter Brady, Missouri. The Tigers' amazing run of top-flight defensive ends continues. They had Michael Sam and Kony Ealy two years ago. Last year, it was Shane Ray and Markus Golden. Now, it's Brady and sophomore Charles Harris, who each have seven sacks. Brady is eighth in the SEC with 12 ½ tackles for loss.
DT: Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri. If Brady and Harris weren't enough, Missouri also has Beckner, a five-star recruit who was on a roll before tearing his ACL in mid-November. In 10 games, he had 27 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks as part of a defense that ranks third in yards per play.
DT: Daylon Mack, Texas A&M. The Texas A&M defense continues to go through growing pains, but the combination of Myles Garrett and Mack will be terrifying next year. Mack has 30 tackles and 8 ½ tackles for loss.
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LB: Malik Jefferson, Texas. A five-star recruit, Jefferson was widely expected to be an instant-impact player, and he delivered on that promise with 61 tackles, seven tackles for loss and a fumble return for a TD.
LB: Cameron Smith, USC. A knee injury cost Smith the final three games of the season, and yet he still led the Trojans with 78 tackles. He also had three interceptions (returning one for a touchdown) in the win over Utah.
LB: Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas. The 222-pound true freshman is tied for 11th in the SEC in tackles per game (7.75), with 93 total and two forced fumbles. He racked up 16 tackles in the win over Auburn and 12 in the win over Leonard Fournette and LSU.
CB: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama. Fitzpatrick shined as a playmaker for the Bama secondary, recording 41 tackles, eight pass breakups and two sacks, along with returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Texas A&M.
CB: Iman Marshall, USC. Marshall started the last 11 games, posting 60 tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions. He had two picks in the big rivalry win over UCLA.
S: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan. Peppers played some last year, but an injury allowed him to redshirt. He's an explosive athlete who can play both ways and anywhere in the secondary. He has 45 tackles, 5 ½ tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups, in addition to averaging 11.4 yards per punt return, catching eight passes and rushing for two TDs.
S: Derwin James, Florida State. We've already covered James in the All-America section, so he clearly deserves a spot here too. Let's also give special honorable mention to Pitt's Jordan Whitehead, who has 98 tackles and deserves a spot here as well.
K: Clayton Hatfield, Texas Tech. The redshirt freshman has hit 14 of 16 field goals, including a 51-yarder, and missed just one of 51 extra points.
P: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma. Seibert handles a dual role for Oklahoma. He averages 42.4 yards per punt, and he has also made 17 of 22 field goals.
PR: Antonio Callaway, Florida. Callaway provided most of Florida's production in the SEC title game, with an 85-yard punt return touchdown and a 46-yard catch. He averages 15.5 yards per punt return and also had a TD against LSU.