The Southeastern conference dominates the Defense All-America team with six players nominated. There are standout players in the SEC that nearly every college football fan knows of like Jarvis Jones and Jadeveon Clowney, but the conference has plenty more highly talented defensive players.
Notre Dame and Alabama are the only two programs that have multiple players listed on the team.
Of course, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is the leader for most of the defensive player awards and he is a contender on many Heisman Watch lists, but people often forget about his teammate Stephon Tuitt; he is a big defensive end that has played some at DT and is good at getting pressure on the quarterback.
The Crimson Tide also boast two skilled defensive players on the All-America team. Dee Milliner is a very talented cover corner and linebacker CJ Mosely is a well rounded defender. Milliner was named the Defensive National Player of the Week for his performance against Michigan and he is tied for fourth in Alabama history with 29 career pass break ups.
Western Kentucky DE Quanterus Smith may be one of the most underrated defensive players in college football. Smith leads the nation in sacks and not all those takedowns were against inferior competition; he had three sacks against Alabama which is considered one of the best offensive lines in college football. The Hilltopper pass rusher recently just set a Sun Belt conference sack record and career best with five against FIU.
There are some honorable mentions included that were barely left off the team and I unfortunately were not able to nominate them. The College Football Universe Offense All-America team and my FWAA offense nominations will be released next week.
2012 College Football Universe Defense All-America Team:
DL: DE Quanterus Smith (6-5 249 Sr) Western Kentucky
Key Stat: 14.5 tackles for loss & 11.5 sacks
DL: DT Star Lotulelei (6-4 320 Sr) Utah
Key Stat: three fumbles forced & three fumbles recovered
DL: DE/DT Stephon Tuitt (6-6 303 So) Notre Dame
Key Stat: 10 sacks
DL: DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-6 256 So) South Carolina
Key Stat: 12 tackles for loss & 6.5 sacks
LB: OLB CJ Mosley (6-2 232 Jr) Alabama
Key Stat: 69 total tackles
LB: MLB Manti Te'o (6-2 255 Sr) Notre Dame
Key Stat: 85 total tackles & five interceptions
LB: OLB Jarvis Jones (6-3 241 Jr) Georgia
Key Stat: 15 tackles for loss & five forced fumbles
DB: CB Johnthan Banks (6-2 185 Sr) Mississippi State
Key Stat: four interceptions
DB: CB Dee Milliner (6-1 199 Jr) Alabama
Key Stat: 13 pass break ups
DB: S Matt Elam (5-10 210 Jr) Florida
Key Stat: six tackles for loss & three interceptions
DB: S/FS Phillip Thomas (6-1 215 Sr) Fresno State
Key Stat: seven interceptions, eight tackles for loss & three TDs
Quanterus Smith Highlights Sack Leader 2012
Dee Milliner Highlights vs Michigan 2012