The 2016 college football season is less than three months away, and before you know it it will be December and we’ll be finding out which players are on the 2016 All-American team. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach gave a way-too-early prediction of the whole team, in which he predicted which players will be on the team at the end of the season. Spoiler alert: There are a ton of SEC players on the list. Check out ESPN’s All-American team below.
QB Deshaun Watson, Jr., Clemson: The junior quarterback was the first FBS player to ever have 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.
RB Leonard Fournette, Jr., LSU: Fournette returns to Baton Rogue for what will likely be his last season in college with 2,987 rushing yards in 18 starts.
RB Dalvin Cook, Jr., Florida State: Another running back who will likely go pro in 2017 — he returns this season as a Heisman-frontrunner.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jr., USC
WR Calvin Ridley, So., Alabama: The sophomore set a freshman record with 1,045 receiving yards on 89 catches last year.
TE Jake Butt, Sr., Michigan
C Kyle Fuller, Sr., Baylor
T Zach Banner, Sr., USC
T Roderick Johnson, Jr., Florida State: Johnson won the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy last year.
G Pat Elflein, Sr., Ohio State
G Dan Feeney, Sr., Indiana
DE Myles Garrett, Jr., Texas A&M: Garrett was able to record 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 2015.
DE Jonathan Allen, Sr., Alabama
DT Malik McDowell, Jr., Michigan State
LB Jabrill Peppers, Jr., Michigan
LB Ben Boulware, Sr., Clemson: The Tigers return the player who finished 2015 as their top tackler (135 total tackles).
LB Raekwon McMillan, Jr., Ohio State
LB Reuben Foster, Sr., Alabama
CB Desmond King, Sr., Iowa
CB Jourdan Lewis, Sr., Michigan
S Derwin James, So., Florida State: James had a true breakout true freshman season recording 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
S Jamal Adams, Jr., LSU
K Andy Phillips, Sr., Utah
P Hayden Hunt, Sr., Colorado State
KR Adoree’ Jackson, Jr., USC
AP Christian McCaffrey, Jr., Stanford