Crimson Tide trio honored by the Associated Press and FWAA on Monday
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and senior center Bradley Bozeman received All-America honors from the Football Writers of America (FWAA) and Associated Press (AP) on Monday. Sophomore offensive tackle Jonah Williams also joined Bozeman on the AP team.
Fitzpatrick was named to the FWAA and AP first teams while Bozeman was a second-team selection by both outlets. Williams was named a third-team All-American by AP. Fitzpatrick was also an AP first-team honoree in 2016. The FWAA and AP selections are the first for Bozeman while Williams was honored for the first time by AP.
The 2017 winner of Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards, Fitzpatrick is the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season. The Old Bridge, N.J., native has also recorded six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick in 2017.
In his second season as the Crimson Tide’s starting center, Bozeman has graded out at an average of 85.6 percent as a senior with 16 knockdown blocks and just seven missed assignments in 724 snaps (99.0 percent success rate). The Roanoke, Ala., native has allowed just two sacks and four pressures this season and has blocked for six 100-yard rushing games this year, giving him 17 in his 28 career starts at center.
A starter since the first game of his freshman season in 2016, Williams was also a first-team All-SEC honoree this season. He has posted has 20 knockdown blocks on the season and an average grade of 86.9 percent while surrendering just half of a sack and four pressures in 734 offensive snaps this season. The Folsom, Calif., native has blocked for 17 100-yard rushers in his 27-game career, including six in 2017.