Alabama Football: Tide dominate All-America 1st team

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Alabama football has 6 AP All-Americans on the first team alone

Fans should not be surprised that Alabama football has some of the best athletes in all of college. However, the sheer number of AP All-Americans is staggering. The Crimson Tide had 8 total All-Americans, and six of them were from the first team.

The list began with Mac Jones at quarterback. He beat out fellow Heisman finalists Kyle Trask and Trevor Lawrence to make the first team. This speaks well to his Heisman chances. It would be a shock for him to lose to either of these quarterbacks after making the first team on the AP All-American list. 

Alabama football also landed two offensive linemen on the first team. Alex Leatherwood at tackle and Landon Dickerson at center made the cut. This speaks well for the Tide’s chances to win the Joe Moore Award.

The offense rounded out with Najee Harris and DeVonta Smith. This should be no surprise. Both of these players are the best at their positions, and they will likely win more awards later in the season. These seniors could be playing in the NFL right now, but they chose to return. While we will never know where they would have been drafted last year, they are at least proving that they are the best at their craft in all of college football.

This gave Alabama’s offense almost half of the first-place slots. The Tide have been shattering records all season, so this should come as no shock.

Patrick Surtain was honored on the defensive side of the football. While he was the only first-team All-American on defense for the Tide, both Christian Barmore and Dylan Moses made the third team.

While the numbers are staggering, there could have been more to make the list. Will Reichard is the first snub that comes to mind, but neither Will Anderson nor John Metchie made a list. As underclassmen, they will have plenty of time to earn this honor in future seasons. While Jaylen Waddle is an All-American in our hearts, he missed the cut due to his shortened season. If he were healthy all year, he would certainly have made the first team as either a receiver or an all-purpose player.

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This is an honor for all of these Alabama football players, but there is still work to be done. The Crimson Tide expect to win it all, and all of this will be forgotten if they fail to achieve their ultimate goal of a national championship.