2022 College Sports Journal Group of Five Super Seventy Preseason All-American Team

Seventy student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Group of Five FBS Conferences have been named to the 2022 College Sports Journal Group of Five All-America Team.  As a reminder, the Group of Five (G5) FBS conferences include the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference (MWC), and the Sun Belt Conference (SBC).  The Group of Five schools also includes all FBS independents with the exception of Notre Dame. 

Unlike other All-American teams, the CSJ’s honor’s squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game possibly against a Top 5 Power Five School such as Ohio State or Alabama. It includes everything from quarterbacks who can run or pass, to long snappers and other special teams performers. The Super Seventy team also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.

Seventy players were selected as this is typically the travel roster for a traveling team. 

Three players were selected as CSJ’s Preseason Players of the Year on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.  These awards went to Central Michigan RB Lew Nichols as the Offense Player, Army West Point LB Andre Carter as the Defensive Player, and South Florida kick returner Brian Battie as the Special Team Player. 

CMU RB Lew Nichols

Nichols led Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards in 2021 with 1,848 yards as well as yards per game with 142.2. He led the FBS in carries with 341, as well tied for ninth nationally in rushing touchdowns (16) and tied for 11th in total touchdowns (18). Nichols was not just a rusher as he showed he was very capable in the passing game as well. He caught 40 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He ranked first in all-purpose yards with 2,186; and all-purpose yards per game with 168.2. He was named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-MAC honors in 2021.

Army West Point LB Andre Carter

Carter had a breakout 2021 campaign where he set the program single-season sack record with 15.5 which was second in all of the FBS. He added 44 total tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, forced four fumbles, blocked one kick, and tallied one interception in 13 games played. He was also the recipient of the Thruston Hughes Memorial Award which is presented to the most valuable player on the team as voted on by his Black Knight teammates.

USF KR Brian Battie

Battie posted a record-setting season that saw him lead the nation with three kickoff returns for touchdowns. He also tied an NCAA game record with two 100-yard returns in the same game and break the Bulls’ season return average record. Battie currently stands fourth nationally with a 33.9 yards per return average on 19 returns.

Cincinnati led the team with seven selections, while BYU had the second most with five selections.

Conference-wise, the AAC led the team with 19 selections. The Sun Belt was second with 16 selections.

Offensive Player of the Year: Lew Nichols, RB, Central Michigan, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Andre Carter, LB, Army West Point, Jr.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Brian Battie, KR, South Florida, Soph.

See the full team below:

QBJake HaenerFresno StateMWCSr.6’1″210
QBGrayson McCallCoastal CarolinaSun BeltJr.6’3″210
QBLogan BonnerUtah StateMWCGr.6’1″230
QBJaren HallBYUIndependentJr.6’1″205
RBLew Nicholls IIICentral MichiganMACJr.5’10″220
RBAlton McCaskillHoustonAACSoph.6’1”210
RBIsaiah BowserUCFAACSr.6’1”225
RBDeWayne McBrideUABC-USAJr.5’11″215
RBCamerun PeoplesAppalachian StateSun BeltR-Jr.6’2″225
RBJavyon DuckerMemphisAACR-Soph.5’10”185
APRasheen AliMarshallSun BeltR-Soph.6’0″201
WRTank DellHoustonAACJr.5’10”155
WRJalen CropperFresno StateMWCSr.6’0″172
WRPuka NacuaBYUIndependentJr.6’2″205
WRZakhari FranklinUTSAC-USASr.6’1″185
WRRyan O’KeefeUCFAACSr.5’10″175
WRDante CephasKent StateMACR-Jr.6’1″178
TEAubry PayneGeorgia StateSun BeltR-Sr.6’4″235
TEZach KuntzOld DominionSun BeltR-Jr.6’8″245
TEJosh WhyleCincinnatiAACSr.6’6″245
OCJake RenfroCincinnatiAACJr.6’3″310
OCRusty StaatsWestern KentuckyC-USAR-Jr.6’4″310
OGClark BarringtonBYUIndependentJr.6’6″302
OGLorenz MetzCincinnatiAACSr.6’9″326
OTCooper HodgesAppalachian StateSun BeltR-Jr.6’4″305
OTKaleb HolcombAir ForceMWCJr.6’4″265
OLDylan O’QuinnCincinnatiAACSr.6’4″305
OLSidy SowEastern MichiganMACSr.6’5″335
OLCade ZimmerlyBowling GreenMACSoph.6’1″285
OLJohn OjukwuBoise StateMWCSr.6’6″300
OLPatrick PaulHoustonAACSoph.6’7″315
DEJosaiah StewartCoastal CarolinaSun BeltSoph.6’2″245
DEJavon SolomonTroySun BeltSoph.6’2″245
DTDom PetersonNevadaMWCSr.6’0″285
DTCole GodboutWyomingMWCJr.6’4″285
DLMarkees WattsCharlotteC-USAR-Sr.6’1″235
DLDavid PeralesFresno StateMWCSr.6’3″246
DLThomas GoreGeorgia StateSun BeltR-Jr.6’0″270
DLScott MatlockBoise StateMWCR-Sr.6’4″300
DLJonah TavaiSan Diego StateMWCSr. 6’0″295
LBAndre Carter IIArmy West PointIndependentJr.6’7″260
LBDeshawn PaceCincinnatiAACSr.6’2″218
LBCarlton MartialTroySun BeltSr.5’9″210
LBKD DavisNorth TexasC-USAR-Jr.6’0″229
LBVince SanfordAir ForceMWCSr.6’1″210
LBDarren AndersBowling GreenMACSr.6’0”230
LBKyle HarmonSan Jose StateMWCGr.6’0″225
LBEli NealMarshallSun BeltJr.6’2″223
LBJamal HinesToledoMACSr.6’3″250
LBNick HamptonAppalachian StateSun BeltR-Jr.6’3″235
CBSteven Jones, Jr.Appalachian StateSun BeltR-sr.5’10”185
CBD’Jordan StrongCoastal CarolinaSun BeltGr.5’11”175
SQuindell JohnsonMemphisAACR-Sr.6’1″195
SEvan WillamsFresno StateMWCSr.6’1″198
DBDarrell Luter, Jr.South AlabamaSun BeltSr.6’0″186
DBDavonte BrownUCFAACJr.6’2″185
DBTeja YoungFlorida AtlanticC-USAR-Jr.5’11”192
DBPatrick McMorrisSan Diego StateMWCSr.6’0″210
DBArquon BushCincinnatiAACSr.6’0″190
DBCJ BrownNorthern IllinoisMACSoph.5’11”192
KZack LongTulsaAACGr.6’2″177
KJonah DalmasBoise StateMWCJr.5’8″165
PRyan RehkowBYUIndependentSoph.6’6″232
PRhys ByrnsLouisianaSun BeltSr.6’0”186
PRJaylin LaneMiddle TennesseeC-USASoph.5’8″182
PRRyan MontgomeryCincinnatiAACSr.5’10”205
KRBrian BattieUSFAACSoph.5’8″165
KRBryan MasseySMUAACJr.5’11”198
LSAlex WardUCFAACSr.6’4″240
LSAustin RiggsBYUIndependentSoph.6’5″225