12/5/20 MFB Alabama vs Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) Photo by Kent Gidley

The FWAA selects five first-teamers and one Crimson Tide player to the second team Wednesday afternoon

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Center Landon Dickerson, running back Najee Harris, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and defensive back Patrick Surtain II received first-team nods, while quarterback Mac Jones earned second-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) on Wednesday.

 

The Crimson Tide’s six players on the combined first and second teams tie that 2003 Oklahoma team and Army’s 1946 team as the most for one team in one season.

 

With the announcement of the FWAA team, five Alabama student-athletes have earned consensus All-America recognition in Dickerson, Harris, Leatherwood, Smith and Surtain II.

 

Landon Dickerson

First Team

  • The top-rated run-blocking center according to Pro Football Focus (92.8)
  • Earned the No. 2 overall grade at center by PFF (91.5)
  • Sports an overall blocking grade of 91.0 by the UA coaching staff while grading out at 99.6 on all assignments
  • Played 725 total snaps with just two missed assignments and has allowed zero sacks

 

Najee Harris

First Team

  • Leads the nation in total touchdowns (27) and rushing touchdowns (24) along with scoring (162)
  • Ranks second in scoring per game (14.7) while sitting at third nationally in rushing yards (1,262)
  • Forced 78 missed tackles on the season to rank second in the country in that category
  • Totaled at least one touchdown in 10 of the Crimson Tide’s 11 games and two-or-more scores in eight of those contests
  • Holds the Alabama career records for total touchdowns (54), rushing touchdowns (44) and rushing yards (3,639)

 

Mac Jones

Second Team

  • One of college football’s top passers who leads the nation in seven separate categories including total QBR, PFF offensive grade for a quarterback, adjusted completion percentage, completion percentage, NFL passer rating, collegiate pass efficiency rating and yards per pass attempt
  • Thrown for the second-most passing yards in the nation (3,739)
  • Holds the highest completion percentage (76.5) by an Alabama quarterback through the first 11 games of a season
  • Owns four of Alabama’s 10 all-time 400-plus yard passing performances, the most by any one quarterback at UA and a number that ties the SEC record for a single season
  • Totaled 18 touchdowns and 1,572 yards with a 219.10 passer rating against ranked opponents (Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida)

 

Alex Leatherwood

First Team

  • Made 39 consecutive starts along the Alabama offensive line
  • Played 683 snaps and missed only two assignments
  • Averaging an overall blocking grade of 91.1 by the Alabama coaching staff and has graded out at a team-high tying 99.6 on all assignments

 

DeVonta Smith

First Team

  • Sporting News’ 2020 Player of the Year
  • The national leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511) and yards after the catch (768) while ranking second in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4)
  • Pro Football Focus’ top-rated wide receiver this season and in the history of the site at 93.7
  • Holds program record in both career receiving yards (3,620) and single-season receiving scores while sitting at second in the Tide record book for receptions (98) in a season
  • Totaled four 200-plus yard receiving games for his career, including two this season, to set the Alabama career mark

 

Patrick Surtain II

First Team

  • The nation’s top corner and No. 10 overall defender by Pro Football Focus
  • Maintains a coverage grade of 86.3 according to PFF, the sixth-best grade in the country
  • Allowed 25 yards receiving or fewer in eight of the Tide’s 11 games this season