Six Crimson Tide Football Players Earn All-America Honors on Monday
SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ATHLETICS
Offensive lineman Jonah Williams, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and defensive back Deionte Thompson earned All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Associated Press on Monday. Center Ross Pierschbacher and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy joined the quartet on the AP team.
Jonah and Quinnen Williams were first-team picks by the FWAA and AP while Thompson and Jeudy received first-team nods from AP. Thompson joined Pierschbacher and Tagovailoa on the AP second team with Tagovailoa and Thompson also earning second-team honors from the FWAA.
In addition to the player recognition, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was announced as one of six finalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award by the Maxwell Football Club Monday afternoon.
Jonah Williams has started all 42 games during his UA career and blocked for 20 100-yard rushing performances over his three standout seasons at the Capstone. He has been recognized as a first team All-American by the FWAA, AP, Walter Camp, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated so far this season. The junior anchors an Alabama offensive front that has cleared the way for a Tide offense that leads the SEC and is second nationally in scoring at 47.9 points per game.
Quinnen Williams has also earned first-team honors from the FWAA, AP, Walter Camp, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated. The redshirt sophomore took home the Outland Trophy on Dec. 6, in recognition of his breakout season in his first year as a starter. Williams leads all Tide defensive linemen with 66 tackles and paces the team in tackles for loss with 18.0 (-85 yards). The Birmingham, Ala., native has also added 8.0 sacks (-57 yards) and a pass breakup and is second on the team with 11 quarterback hurries.
Jeudy, who was honored with the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver last week, has earned first team All-America honors from the AP, Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and The Athletic. The sophomore has caught 59 passes for a team-leading 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. His touchdown total ranks No. 2 in school history for a season and the yardage is third in UA single-season history.
After making 42 career starts at left guard in his first three years at UA, Pierschbacher transitioned to center and has started all 13 games, captaining an offensive line that is a finalist for the Joe Moore Award for the third time in his career. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native was a Rimington Trophy finalist this season and a first team All-SEC honoree. The redshirt senior was also named a second team All-American by Sports Illustrated.
Tagovailoa has turned in a record-setting season in his first year as the Tide’s starting quarterback while leading UA to its 27th Southeastern Conference championship and fifth-straight College Football Playoff appearance. His list of honors this season already includes the Maxwell and Walter Camp and Sporting News Player of the Year awards. The sophomore also received SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors and first-team All-America recognition from Walter Camp as well as second-team honors from the FWAA, AP, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated.
Thompson leads all Tide defensive backs and is second on team in tackles with 71 stops. He has also forced a team-high four fumbles and contributed 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), two interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery this season. The redshirt junior has been named a first team All-American by Sports Illustrated and received second-team honors from the FWAA and Walter Camp. He was a first team All-SEC selection by the conference coaches and a second-team pick by the Associated Press.