The best projected 84 student-athletes in the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five (G5) have been named to the inaugural College Sports Journal 2017 Preseason G5 All-America Team.
Unlike many other All-American teams, the CSJ honor’s squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. It includes everything from quarterbacks, who can run or pass and often-overlooked fullbacks, to long snappers and other special team performers. The CSJ Group also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.
Quinton Flowers was named CSJ’s Offensive Preseason Player of the Year. The senior quarterback was in his second season as the starting quarterback last year and threw for 2,800 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 1,609 yards (averaging 8.7 per carry) and 18 touchdowns, meaning he accounted for 55% of his team’s trips to the end zone.
Ed Oliver was named CSJ’s Defensive Preseason Player of the Year. The sophomore tackle finished his freshman season with 66 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He showcased his talents against Heisman Trophy winner Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Oliver had two of Houston’s 11 sacks, but also helped contribute to several of the other plays including deflecting three passes.
Tony Pollard was named CSJ’s Special Teams Preseason Player of the Year. The sophomore had a tremendous freshman year as he ranked among FBS leaders in kick return total yards (2nd; 1,068), kick return average (8th; 28.1 ypr), kick return TD (2nd; 2) and total kick returns (6th; 38), He led the AAC in total kick returns, kick return yardage, kick return average and kick return touchdown. He set a school season record for most kick returns for touchdown (2), which is also the program all-time record.
After the College Football Championship game on January 8th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the year-end team will be announced including the three major awards for top coach, offensive and defensive players. Other major awards will also be announced for Offensive Lineman of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Freshmen of the Year, and Postseason Most Valuable Player.
This year’s preseason team has members from each of the five Group of Five Conferences of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-America Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference (MWC), and Sun Belt Conference (SBC) as well as the three independent schools of Army, BYU, and Massachusetts.
USF was the leader with seven members on the team with Appalachian State second with five members. Houston, Memphis, Tulsa, and Wyoming each had four.
Below is the full team of 84 players:
Offensive Player of Year Quinton Flowers, USF, QB, Sr.
Defensive Player of Year Ed Oliver, Houston, DT, So.
Special Teams Player of Year Tony Pollard, Memphis, RS, So.
|First Team Offense|
|RB||Jalin Moore||Appalachian State||Jr.|
|RB||Ito Smith||Southern Miss||Sr.|
|WR||Richie James||Middle Tennessee State||Jr.|
|OT||Chukwuma Okorafor||Western Michigan||Sr.|
|OG||O’Shea Dugas||Louisiana Tech||Jr.|
|First Team Defense|
|DE||Jaylon Ferguson||Louisiana Tech||Jr.|
|DE||Ja’Von Rolland-Jones||Arkansas State||Sr.|
|LB||Ulsees Gilbert III||Akron||Jr.|
|CB||Andre Chachere||San Jose State||Sr.|
|First Team Special Teams|
|PK||John Baron II||San Diego State||Jr.|
|Second Team Offense|
|RB||Ray Lawry||Old Dominion||Sr.|
|WR||Cedrick Wilson||Boise State||Sr.|
|WR||Michael Gallup||Colorado State||Sr.|
|OT||Max Scharping||Northern Illinois||Jr.|
|OG||Colby Gossett||Appalachian State||Sr.|
|Second Team Defense|
|DE||Joe Ostman||Central Michigan||Sr.|
|LB||Eric Boggs||Appalachian State||Sr.|
|S||Secdrick Cooper||Louisiana Tech||Sr.|
|CB||Amari Coleman||Central Michigan||Sr.|
|Second Team Special Teams|
|PK||Jason Sanders||New Mexico||Sr.|
|P||Michael Carrizosa||San Jose State||Sr.|
|RS||Kylan Towner||Western Kentucky||Sr.|
|LS||Colton Oliver||East Carolina||Sr.|
|Third Team Offense|
|QB||Mike White||Western Kentucky||Sr.|
|RB||Rashaad Penny||San Diego State||Sr.|
|FB||Drew Van Maanen||Wyoming||Sr.|
|TE||Blake Mack||Arkansas State||Sr.|
|OT||Beau Nunn||Appalachian State||Sr.|
|OG||Frank Sutton, Jr.||ULM||Sr.|
|OC||Jake Bennett||Colorado State||Sr.|
|Third Team Defense|
|DT||Bryson Bridges||San Jose State||Jr.|
|LB||Malik Fountain||Central Michigan||Sr.|
|S||Justin Clifton||Arkansas State||Jr.|
|CB||Heath Harding||Miami (OH)||Sr.|
|CB||Clifton Duck||Appalachian State||So.|
|Third Team Special Teams|
|P||Joe Davidson||Bowling Green||Sr.|