The 2010 Associated Press All-America team has been revealed, and it is led by Cam Newton and LaMichael James. The 2010 AP All-America team has five teams with two players each, with Auburn having a key player on both offense and defense and Wisconsin having two of the offensive linemen. Putting two offensive linemen on the All-America first team is an extremely impressive accomplishment, and it shows just how well that offensive line could be at protecting the Wisconsin offense in their BCS bowl game.
According to ESPN, the 2010 AP All-American players on offense include Newton at quarterback, James at running back, and Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State at the other running back position. The receivers are Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State and Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma, with the tight end position filled by Michael Egnew of Missouri. The offensive line has Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin) at tackle, Nate Solder (Colorado) at tackle, Rodney Hudson (Florida State) at guard, John Moffitt (Wisconsin) at guard, and Chase Beeler (Stanford) at center.
The defense of the AP All-America first team is equally impressive, with quite a few top tier NFL prospects in the mix. On the line are defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson) and Ryan Kerrigan (Auburn), and defensive tackles Nick Fairley (Auburn) and Stephen Paea (Oregon State). The linebackers are Luke Kuechly (Boston College), Greg Jones (Michigan State), and Von Miller Texas A&M). Finally there is the secondary, with cornerbacks Patrick Peterson (LSU) and Prince Amukamara (Nebraska) and the two safeties which are Tejay Johnson (TCU) and Quinton Carter (Oklahoma).
As for the special teams’ players that made the cut this year, the punter is Chas Henry out of Florida, kicker Alex Henery out of Nebraska and all-purpose player Randall Cobb from Kentucky. They are just as valuable as some of their counterparts, and these are three players that could have long NFL careers in front of them in the coming year.
Some of the other players that made it onto one of the AP All-America teams were Stanford’s Andrew Luck as the second-team quarterback and Boise State’s Kellen Moore as the third-team quarterback. This is the second straight year that Moore has received that accomplishment, and hopefully it ends up moving him into a nice 2011 NFL draft position. Most of the players that make these All-America teams end up getting drafted into the NFL, but it remains to be seen which of them will turn out to be the next superstars and which ones will be the next big draft busts.