We’ve reached the midpoint of the season, and Sports Illustrated’s writers and editors are recognizing the nation’s most outstanding players at each position with our 2017 Midseason All-America Teams. The Big 12 and Big Ten dominate most of the offensive skill positions, but our first team features stars from every Power 5 league, as well as standouts from the Mountain West and independent Notre Dame. Who will hold onto their top spot through the season’s second half? An asterisk(*) next to a player’s name denotes that he was a unanimous selection.
The quarterback position, like the Heisman vote, was a no-brainer, but the list of standout performances worthy of All-America recognition elsewhere on the field was deep enough to force SI's staff of writers and editors to make some tough choices.
With the season fast approaching, Sports Illustrated is once again recognizing the best players in the country with our 2017 All-America teams. How exclusive is the list of college football’s premier players at each position? Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson finished third in the quarterback voting and was left off both the first and second teams. Elsewhere, the leading vote-getters dovetail with this fall’s primary College Football Playoff contenders: Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all boast multiple first-team honorees.
This year’s voters were Andy Staples, Bruce Feldman, Joan Niesen, Chris Johnson, Chris Burke, Jim Gorant, Mike Harris and Eric Single. An asterisk(*) next to a player’s name denotes that he was a unanimous selection.
As the new college football season approaches, our writers and editors cast ballots projecting the fall’s biggest stars to construct SI’s 2018 All-America teams. With stat-stuffing QBs Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield off to the NFL, there was a little more uncertainty than normal around the group of signal-callers deserving of first-team honors, but many of the names at other positions were easy calls. An asterisk(*) next to a player’s name denotes that he was a unanimous selection.