NEW YORK — A tackle-machine linebacker, a tackle-busting running back and one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country made return appearances on The Associated Press All-America team.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season.
The All-America teams were released Tuesday and selected by a panel of AP college football poll voters.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State added All-American to his resume after a spectacular redshirt freshman season. Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, the dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.
Carey, a junior, is second in the nation in rushing after leading last year, but said he thinks he's a better player now.
Carey and Williams are set to compete on the same field this bowl season when Arizona and Boston College meet in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31. It will mark the first time since the 1977 Rose Bowl that two players selected first-team AP All-America at running back then faced off in a bowl. That game featured Michigan's Rob Lytle and Southern California's Ricky Bell.
Mosley, a senior, was the leading tackler for a defense that ranked fifth in the country in yards allowed per game. Sutton, a senior, was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year for the season straight season.
Winston, a landslide Heisman winner last week, is joined on the first team by three Florida State teammates — center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner — to give the top-ranked Seminoles more than any other school.
Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan made the second team, along with offensive tackle Cameron Erving. The Seminoles had six players on the three teams, the most of any school.
No. 2 Auburn, which plays Florida State on Jan. 6 in the BCS championship game in Pasadena, Calif., placed Heisman finalists Tre' Mason on the second team at running back and offensive lineman Reese Dismukes and Gregory Robinson on the third team.
Texas A&M Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel, last year's Heisman winner and All-American quarterback, made the second team. Alabama's AJ McCarron, another Heisman finalist, is the third-team quarterback for the second consecutive season.
Quarterback – Jameis Winston (Florida State)
Running backs – Andre Williams (Boston College)
Tackles — Jake Matthews (Texas A&M); Cyrus Kouandijio (Alabama)
Guards – Cyril Richardson (Baylor); David Yankey (Stanford)
Center – Bryan Stork (Florida State)
Wide receivers – Brandin Cooks (Oregon State); Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
Tight end – Jace Amaro (Texas Tech)
All-purpose – Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois)
Kicker — Roberto Aguayo (Florida State)
Ends — Michael Sam (Missouri); Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas)
Tackles – Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh); Will Sutton (Arizona State)
Linebackers – Anthony Barr (UCLA); C.J. Mosley (Alabama); Ryan Shazier (Ohio State)
Cornerbacks – Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State); Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)
Safeties – Cody Prewitt (Ole Miss); Deone Bucannon (Washington State)
Punter – Tom Hornsey (Memphis)
Quarterback – Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
Running backs – Tre' Mason (Auburn); Bishop Sankey (Washington)
Tackles – Cameron Erving (Florida State); Taylor Lewan (Michigan)
Guards – Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State); Xavier Su'a-Filo (UCLA)
Center – Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma)
Wide receivers – Sammy Watkins (Clemson); Davante Adams (Fresno State)
Tight end – Eric Ebron (North Carolina)
All-purpose – Ty Montgomery (Stanford)
Kicker – Anthony Fera (Texas)
Ends – Vic Beasley (Clemson); Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State)
Tackles – Timmy Jernigan (Florida State); Kelcy Quarles (South Carolina)
Linebackers – Trent Murphy (Stanford); Khalil Mack (Buffalo); Chris Borland (Wisconsin)
Cornerbacks – Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State); Jason Verrett (TCU)
Safeties – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama); Ahmad Dixon (Baylor)
Punter – Drew Kaser (Texas A&M)
Quarterback – A.J. McCarron (Alabama)
Running backs – Carlos Hyde (Ohio State); Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)
Tackles – Jack Mewort (Ohio State); Gregory Robinson (Auburn)
Guards – John Urschel (Penn State); Ryan Groy (Wisconsin)
Center – Reese Dismukes (Auburn)
Wide receivers – Allen Robinson (Penn State); Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)
Tight end – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington)
All-purpose – Odell Beckham (LSU)
Kicker – Jeff Budzien (Northwestern)
Ends – Marcus Smith (Louisville); Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech)
Tackles – Ra'Shede Hageman (Minnesota) Leonard Williams (Southern California)
Linebackers – Shayne Skov (Stanford); Max Bullough (Michigan State); Denicos Allen (Michigan State)
Cornerbacks – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon); Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida)
Safeties – Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois); Ty Zimmerman (Kansas State)
Punter – Austin Rehkow (Idaho)