Since 2008, Alabama has piled up a trophy case full of Associated Press All-America awards and then some. The Associated Press picks the best All-America team, in our opinion. So it means something that Alabama players have landed on AP lists so often since 2008. Nick Saban's record in the past five seasons includes 17 first-team AP All-America selections, six on second team and five on third team.Two players have earned three All-America selections in that period, including safetyMark Barron, who was third team in 2009, second team in 2010 and first team in 2011. Offensive lineman Barrett Jones made third team as a guard in 2010, first team as a tackle in 2011 and first team as a center in 2012.
Each year, the NCAA compiles a list of consensus All-Americans. The organization takes the most respected All-America lists and combines them for a team of the guys with the most first-team selections. These aren't just players who got named third team on somebody's All-America squad or managed one first-team selection. Instead, the consensus All-America team showcases the elite of the elite.
Georgia sophomore Malcolm Mitchell was talking to reporters after Thursday’s practice when his phone buzzed. He looked down at the name on the screen: Jarvis Jones. Obviously a two-time All-American takes precedence over reporters, so Mitchell answered the phone.“Where you at? I’ll come get you,” Mitchell said into the phone. “Go to the car.”