The Associated Press published their 2017 All-America teams Tuesday. Five players from the Southeastern Conference made the cut for First Team honors, as four teams in total were represented.
LSU was the lone team to have more than one representative. Running back Derrius Guice and edge rusher Arden Key made the team, as the dynamic junior duo seems poised to wreak havoc in Baton Rouge this year. Guice was joined on offense by Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk. Special teamer Daniel Carlson, a kicker for Auburn, also made the First Team offense.
On defense, Key is joined by Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, a junior safety, stands as one of the best secondary players in the country. So it’s no surprise that he’s made the team. Perhaps surprising is he’s the only Alabama player listed on the AP All-America First Team.
As for the All-America Second Team, the SEC is still well represented. Nine players from the conference were able to be recognized as Second Teamers. Four players from Alabama lead the field. Running back Bo Scarbrough leads the group on offense, also featuring wide receiver Calvin Ridley and tackle Jonah Williams.
Punter JK Scott finds himself as the rep in the Second Team Special Teams unit. Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro made the team as well as the Second Team kicker.
Georgia running back Nick Chubb joins Scarbrough in the backfield on the Second Team offense. Other SEC players on offense include Arkansas center Frank Ragnow and offensive guard Braden Smith of Auburn.
The Second Team defense features just one player from the SEC. That being Gators cornerback Duke Dawson.