College Sports Journal Names 2017 Preseason FBS Group of Five All-America Team

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.

USF QB Quinton Flowers

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.

Houston DT Ed Oliver

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.

Memphis RS Tony Pollard

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
Pos.PlayerSchoolYear
QBQuinton FlowersUSFSr.
RBJalin MooreAppalachian StateJr.
RBIto SmithSouthern MissSr.
FBAndy DavidsonArmyJr.
WRCourtland SuttonSMUJr.
WRAnthony MillerMemphisSr.
WRRichie JamesMiddle Tennessee StateJr.
TEAdam BrenemanMassachusettsSr.
OTChukwuma OkoraforWestern MichiganSr.
OTAustin CorbettNevadaSr.
OGWill HernandezUTEPSr.
OGO’Shea DugasLouisiana TechJr.
OCChandler MillerTulsaJr.
 First Team Defense
DEJaylon FergusonLouisiana TechJr.
DEJa’Von Rolland-JonesArkansas StateSr.
DTEd OliverHoustonSo.
DTDeadrin SenatUSFSr.
LBJahlani TavaiHawaiiJr.
LBAuggie SanchezUSFSr.
LBUlsees Gilbert IIIAkronJr.
SAndrew WingardWyomingJr.
SSean ChandlerTempleSr.
CBDeatrick NicholsUSFSr.
CBAndre ChachereSan Jose StateSr.
 First Team Special Teams
PKJohn Baron IISan Diego StateJr.
PSpencer SmithMemphisSr.
RSTony PollardMemphisSo.
LSMatt BaylissUTSASr.
Second Team Offense
Pos.PlayerSchoolYear
QBJosh AllenWyomingJr.
RBRay LawryOld DominionSr.
RBRyquell ArmsteadTempleJr.
FBNick ShargaTempleSr.
WRCody ThompsonToledoSr.
WRCedrick WilsonBoise StateSr.
WRMichael GallupColorado StateSr.
TEMitchell WilcoxUSFSo.
OTMax ScharpingNorthern IllinoisJr.
OTJosh JonesHoustonSo.
OGColby GossettAppalachian StateSr.
OGTyler BowlingTulsaJr.
OCWill NobleHoustonJr.
 Second Team Defense
DEMarcus DavenportUTSASr.
DEJoe OstmanCentral MichiganSr.
DTCortez BroughtonCincinnatiJr.
DTFolorunso FatukasiConnecticutSr.
LBGenard AveryMemphisSr.
LBEric BoggsAppalachian StateSr.
LBShaquem GriffinUCFSr.
SJamar SummersConnecticutSr.
SSecdrick CooperLouisiana TechSr.
CBAmari ColemanCentral MichiganSr.
CBParry NickersonTulaneSr.
 Second Team Special Teams
PKJason SandersNew MexicoSr.
PMichael CarrizosaSan Jose StateSr.
RSKylan TownerWestern KentuckySr.
LSColton OliverEast CarolinaSr.
Third Team Offense
Pos.PlayerSchoolYear
QBMike WhiteWestern KentuckySr.
RBJordan ChunnTroySr.
RBRashaad PennySan Diego StateSr.
FBDrew Van MaanenWyomingSr.
WRLinell BonnerHoustonSr.
WRTre’Quan SmithUCFJr.
WRDevonte BoydUNLVSr.
TEBlake MackArkansas StateSr.
OTBeau NunnAppalachian StateSr.
OTEvan PlaggTulsaSr.
OGNate DavisCharlotteJr.
OGFrank Sutton, Jr.ULMSr.
OCJake BennettColorado StateSr.
 Third Team Defense
DEJustin LawlerSMUSr.
DERyan DeeMarshallJr.
DTBruce HectorUSFSr.
DTBryson BridgesSan Jose StateJr.
LBLogan WilsonWyomingSo.
LBJosiah TauaefaUTSASo.
LBMalik FountainCentral MichiganSr.
STracy WalkerLouisianaSr.
SJustin CliftonArkansas StateJr.
CBHeath HardingMiami (OH)Sr.
CBClifton DuckAppalachian StateSo.
 Third Team Special Teams
PKRedford JonesTulsaSr.
PJoe DavidsonBowling GreenSr.
RSD’Ernest JohnsonUSFSr.
LSNick BerusMassachusettsSr.

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