Even though the SEC had the most players listed with six (two on special teams). There are no skill players from the SEC listed as an All-American other than in special team positions. The Pac-12 has the second most on the All-America team with two Heisman contenders, Oregon RB Kenjon Barner and USC WR Marqise Lee.
Alabama is the only school with multiple players selected due to their highly talented offensive line. The hog mollies on the O-line make up for some of the explosiveness that the Tide lack in skill players. The three players selected are also NFL prospects. Guard Chance Warmack is currently the highest rated at sixth on ESPN Mel Kiper’s Big Board. Center Barrett Jones was the Outland Trophy winner for best interior lineman last season and is a favorite to win it this season; he is also my nomination for the 2012 Outland.
However, the top NFL prospect at offensive lineman and possibly the best in college is from another SEC school. Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel is skilled and physically gifted enough to transition into the pros. Joeckel has been instrumental in helping QB Johnny Manziel extend plays this season, especially last week against Alabama.
North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard is the only player from the ACC on the All-America Team. Bernard is an explosive all purpose player that is worth watching.
There are a couple of players from non-BCS conferences on the team. Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton had 21 receptions against Texas A&M earlier this season and is a factor in the high powered Bulldogs offense. Tulane kicking specialist Cairos Santos is the other non-BCS representative.
There are three quarterbacks under honorable mentions that had to be noted due to their outstanding seasons, but only one could be selected to the All-America team. Johnny Manziel was the closest to making the list and if it was not for the season that Collin Klein is having, he would have easily made it. I vote on the Maxwell Award for College Player of the Year and am still considering Manziel depending how each play out the remainder of the season.
2012 College Football Universe Offense All-America Team
OL: OT Luke Joeckel (6-6 310 Jr) Texas A&M
Key Stat: 13th nationally in team rushing yards per game (242.7)
OL: OG Chance Warmack (6-3 320 Sr) Alabama
Key Stat: six missed assignments in 579 snaps & 32 pancakes
OL: OG Jonathan Cooper (6-3 295 Sr) North Carolina
Key Stat: twice 2012 ACC offense lineman of week & no sacks
OL: OT DJ Fluker (6-6 335 Jr) Alabama
Key Stat: 10 missed assignments in 578 snaps & 26 pancakes
C: C Barrett Jones (6-5 302 Sr) Alabama
Key Stat: six missed assignments in 578 snaps & no sacks
QB: QB Collin Klein (6-5 226 Sr) Kansas State
Key Stat: 31 total touchdowns
RB: RB Kenjon Barner (5-11 192 Sr) Oregon
Key Stat: 157.9 total yards per game & 20 total touchdowns
RB: TB Giovani Bernard (5-10 205 So) North Carolina
Key Stat: 197.1 all purpose yards per game & 18 touchdowns
WR: WR/SE Mariqise Lee (6-0 195 So) USC
Key Stat: 223.4 all purpose yards per game & 14 touchdowns
WR: WR Quinton Patton (6-2 195 Sr) Louisiana Tech
Key Stat: 108.6 receiving yards per game & 83 receptions
TE: TE Tyler Eifert (6-6 251 Sr) Notre Dame
Key Stat: 470 receiving yards & 13.8 yards per reception
P: P Kyle Christy (6-3 200 So) Florida
Key Stat: 46.6 yards per punt & UF record avg vs South Carolina
K: K Cairos Santos (5-8 160 Jr) Tulane
Key Stat: 17 of 17 on field goals with long of 57 yards
KR: KR/TB Marcus Murphy (5-9 185 So) Missouri
Key Stat: four touchdowns returned (one punt & three kickoffs)
Marqise Lee Highlights vs Arizona State 2012
Barrett Jones on ESPN CFB Daily Nov 5, 2012