This year was a surprising downturn for individual Tide performances. Alabama had just one first-team AP All-American, Jr. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. The winner of the Thorpe Award and the Bednarik Award was the only repeat first team All-American. Oklahoma led the way with three first-teamers. Contrast that to Alabama, where as a team the Tide fielded just three All-Americans across the AP’s three teams.
Joining Fitzpatrick were second- and third-teamers Bradley Bozeman and Jonah Williams, respectively.
The other three playoff teams each have one player on the first team, all on the defensive side. No. 3 Georgia, which faces Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl semifinal on Jan. 1, is represented by linebacker Roquan Smith. No. 1 Clemson placed defensive end Clelin Ferrell on the first team. Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is the only player to make first-team All-America for the second straight season. The Tigers face the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl semifinal on Jan. 1.
Congratulations to Alabama’s three All-Americans. Roll Tide.