FWAA Names 2011 All-America Team
68th team features 11 players from nation's Top 3 teams
|2011 FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM|
|QB||Robert Griffin III, Baylor||6-2||220||Jr.||Copperas Cove, Texas|
|RB||Montee Ball, Wisconsin||5-11||214||Jr.||Wentzville, Mo.|
|RB||Trent Richardson, Alabama||5-11||224||Jr.||Pensacola, Fla.|
|WR||Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State||6-1||211||Jr.||Ardmore, Okla.|
|WR||Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma||5-11||187||Sr.||Norman, Okla.|
|TE||Dwayne Allen, Clemson||6-4||255||Jr.||Fayetteville, N.C.|
|OL||Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State||6-6||322||Sr.||Claremore, Okla.|
|OL||David DeCastro, Stanford||6-5||310||Sr.||Bellevue, Wash.|
|OL||Barrett Jones, Alabama||6-5||311||Jr.||Memphis, Tenn.|
|OL||Nate Potter, Boise State||6-6||295||Sr.||Boise, Idaho|
|C||David Molk, Michigan||6-2||288||Sr.||Lemont, Ill.|
|DL||Vinny Curry, Marshall||6-4||263||Sr.||Neptune, N.J.|
|DL||Whitney Mercilus, Illinois||6-4||265||Jr.||Akron, Ohio|
|DL||Sam Montgomery, LSU||6-4||245||So.||Greenwood, S.C.|
|DL||Devon Still, Penn State||6-5||310||Sr.||Wilmington, Del.|
|LB||Jarvis Jones, Georgia||6-3||241||So.||Columbus, Ga.|
|LB||Luke Kuechly, Boston College||6-3||237||Jr.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|LB||Courtney Upshaw, Alabama||6-2||265||Sr.||Eufala, Ala.|
|DB||Mark Barron, Alabama||6-2||218||Sr.||Mobile, Ala.|
|DB||Morris Claiborne, LSU||6-0||170||Jr.||Shreveport, La.|
|DB||Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama||6-3||192||Jr.||Gadsden, Ala.|
|DB||Tyrann Mathieu, LSU||5-9||175||So.||New Orleans, La.|
|K||Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State||6-1||189||Jr.||Mansfield, Texas|
|P||Bobby Cowan, Idaho||6-5||232||Jr.||Vancouver, Wash.|
|RS||Joe Adams, Arkansas||5-11||190||Sr.||Little Rock, Ark.|
|All-Time All-America Teams (since 1944)|
First selected three years after the organization was formed, the FWAA's inaugural team included Army's Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech's Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas' head football coach and athletic director.
Over the years, the FWAA Team has highlighted all the game's great players in several media forums.
From 1946-70, LOOK Magazine published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Perry Como and others.
After LOOK folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA Films (later known as NCAA Productions), which produced a 30-minute television show and sold it to sponsors. The team was part of ABC Television's 1981 College Football Series.
From 1983-90, the team was either on ABC or ESPN, and now has returned to the national spotlight on ABC.
The FWAA team has included most of the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winners over the years and Outland Trophy winners. Those are the three oldest awards in major-college football.
For 68 years, the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee which represents all the regions in the country. The FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and also the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).
Some of the true greats of the writing profession have helped to select this team over the years: Mark Blaudschun, Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane, Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman and the list goes on and on. It is a team steeped in tradition and history and selected by a writers' group with the same attributes.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.