College football’s 2021 midseason All-America team
The teams currently in the mix for the College Football Playoff might be familiar, with Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State in position to once again earn one of the coveted four spots. But many of the players who are leading the way for those teams and others have stepped into starring roles for the first time.
Not one player on the 2021 ESPN Midseason All-America team was included on the All-America team at the end of the 2020 season. The Crimson Tide lead the way with three selections, followed by Georgia and Iowa, each with two. Overall, the 24 players selected on offense, defense and special teams come from 20 different teams.
Quarterback: Bryce Young, Alabama
The first-year starter is only the sixth player in the College Football Playoff era with at least 1,700 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and no more than three interceptions through six games. Four of the previous five went on to become NFL first-round draft picks: Cal’s Jared Goff, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, LSU’s Joe Burrow and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. The other was Florida’s Kyle Trask last season.
Running back: Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
Walker, a Wake Forest transfer, leads the FBS with 152.2 rushing yards per game — more than 20 yards better than the next player. He’s also averaging 7.1 yards per carry — best among FBS players with at least 100 attempts. Walker is one of just seven Power 5 running backs in the CFP era with 900 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns and more than 7 yards per carry through six games. Stanford’s Bryce Love and LSU’s Leonard Fournette were among the others.
Running back: Bijan Robinson, Texas
It’s amazing what Robinson can do when the Longhorns give him the ball. He ranks fourth in the FBS with 131.5 yards per game and has already run for more yards than all of last season, with twice as many rushing touchdowns. His 59 missed or broken tackles is 10 more than any other runner in the FBS.
Source : espn