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Fifth Annual Edition Honors Nation's Top Players At Every Position

by CFP Staff
December 21, 2013 today announced its All-America selections for 2013. The website committee is headed by Dave Congrove, owner/operator of the website and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

Mr. Congrove is also a:
- voting member of the Vince Lombardi Award
- voting member for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
- nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
- nominating member for the Outland Trophy
- nominating member for the 25-player FWAA All-America Team

Congrove is the creator of the Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR Top 125).

The 2013 season was one of standout performances by players across the nation. Ten QB's threw at least 30 touchdown passes, 10 running backs topped the 1,500-yard mark, and 12 receivers hauled in at least a dozen TD passes while 16 averaged over 100 yards per game.

On defense, it was impossible to overlook Aaron Donald, the Pittsburgh defensive end who captured the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman, in addition to the Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player), Vince Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker), and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player).

Believe it or not, quarterback was the toughest position to determine which one player should be named All-America, and it had nothing to do with the dragging allegations of sexual assault and the eventual decision not to charge Florida State's Jameis Winston. Instead, it had to do with numerous statistical stats that, on the whole, couldn't be overlooked. Derek Carr of Fresno State easily topped every QB in the nation in TD passes with 48 (Winston had 38) while having just 7 interceptions despite throwing the ball 605 times. Consider that the only QB to throw more passes - Connor Halliday of Washington State - was picked off 21 times and had 28 touchdown tosses. Carr led the nation in passing yards with 4,866 which was 463 more than the No. 2 QB (Sean Mannion of Oregon State). Carr also led the nation in completions with 424 and was 3rd nationally in completion percentage at 70.1, behind Shane Carden of East Carolina and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.

A decision on the top running back was not nearly so tough. Boston College's Andre Williams out-distanced all other rushers by more than 30 yards per game as the Doak Walker winner had 2,102 yards for an average of 175.17 per game. That's more yards than anyone at the FBS level since 2007 when UCF's Kevin Smith ran for 2,567 and Tulane's Matt Forte rushed for 2,127.

Freshman Kendall Fuller was a monster at defensive back on one of the top defenses in the country. Fuller had 6 interceptions, 10 breakups and 16 passes defended as the Virginia Tech secondary allowed just a 47.4% completion rate by opposing quarterbacks. Fuller also had 37 solo tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. He is the youngest brother of NFL veteran Vincent (a multi-year DB standout with the Tennessee Titans), Corey (WR, currently with the Detroit Lions), and Kyle (Virginia Tech senior DB). All of the Fullers either played for, or are currently on the roster at, Virginia Tech. is proud to present this roster of All-Americans for 2013.

Quarterback: Derek Carr Fresno State
Running Backs: Andre Williams Boston College
  Ka'Deem Carey Arizona
Wide Receivers: Mike Evans Texas A&M
  Brandin Cooks Oregon State
Tight End: Jace Amaro Texas Tech
Linemen: Cyril Richardson Baylor
  David Yankey Stanford
  Jake Matthews Texas A&M
  Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama
  Tyler Larsen Utah State
Linemen: Aaron Donald Pittsburgh
  Vic Beasley Clemson
  Michael Sam Missouri
  Timmy Jernigan Florida State
Linebackers: C.J. Mosely Alabama
  Trent Murphy Stanford
  Shaquil Barrett Colorado State
Defensive Backs: Tim Bennett Indiana
  B.J. Lowery Iowa
  Jacoby Glenn UCF
  Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech
Punter: Zac Murphy Miami (Ohio)
Place-kicker: Nate Freese Boston College
Returner: Nelson Agholor USC

This year's All-America team features the following number of players from each conference:
ACC - 6
PAC-12 - 5
SEC - 5
Mountain West - 3
Big Ten - 2
Big 12 - 2
American - 1,
MAC - 1
CUSA - 0
Independents - 0
Sun Belt - 0



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