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04:45  18 october  2019
04:45  18 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tua Tagovailoa headlines the USA TODAY Sports midseason All - America team . The Alabama junior is the headliner for the USA TODAY Sports midseason All - America team , which features several names from those teams leading the way in the Amway Coaches Poll.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa headlines USA TODAY Sports ' midseason college football All - America teams that is heavy on SEC flavor. Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy earned second- team honors. Another six teams from the SEC had at least one player earn midseason

Even among a crowded group of contenders at quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa has been too good to ignore. The Alabama junior is the headliner for the USA TODAY Sports midseason All-America team, which features several names from those teams leading the way in the Amway Coaches Poll.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa drops back to pass during the first quarter against Texas A&M at Kyle Field.© John Glaser, USA TODAY Sports Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa drops back to pass during the first quarter against Texas A&M at Kyle Field.

The star power through the season's first half is so strong, in fact, that it's telling to see which standouts missed the cut. Among the names who were considered: quarterbacks Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields; Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins; LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase; Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston; and LSU defensive back Derek Stingley Jr., to name a few.

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QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (Jr.)

Tagovailoa has 27 touchdowns and 2,011 passing yards, is averaging a ridiculous 11 yards per attempt and waited until this past Saturday to toss his first interception on the season.

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (Jr.)

RB: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (So.)

Taylor has a Bowl Subdivision-best 14 touchdowns and continues to make a charge at the career rushing record. Hubbard leads the country in carries (162) and rushing yards (1,094) and has a shot at a 2,000-yard season.

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WR: Tee Higgins, Clemson (Jr.)

WR: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (Jr.)

WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama (Jr.)

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The Associated Press midseason All - America team presented by Regions Bank. Second team . Offense. Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa , junior, Alabama. Running backs — J.K.Dobbins, junior, Ohio State ; Kenneth Gainwell, freshman, Memphis.

The Associated Press Midseason All - America Team , List. Post to Facebook. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY 's community rules. Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa , sophomore, Alabama. Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson

No position is deeper. Higgins (22.9 yards per catch) has been as good as expected. Lamb (28 receptions for 610 yards and 10 touchdowns) has been Hurts' favorite target and a touchdown machine. Jeudy (42 for 538) is the leader of an unstoppable receiver corps.

OL: Penei Sewell, Oregon (So.)

OL: John Simpson, Clemson (Sr.)

OL: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (Jr.)

OL: Matt Hennessy, Temple (Jr.)

OL: Wyatt Davis, Ohio State (So.)

Sewell is playing like the top-five draft pick he's expected to become. Simpson anchors an offensive line that ranks second nationally in sacks allowed. Biadasz and Hennessy are the top contenders for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center. Davis has blossomed into a star in his first full season as a starter.

DL: Chase Young, Ohio State (Jr.)

DL: Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh (So.)

DL: Derrick Brown, Auburn (Sr.)

DL: Curtis Weaver, Boise State (Jr.)

Young cannot be blocked, period. Twyman is averaging a sack per game and drawing multiple blockers for a defense that ranks 10th nationally in yards allowed per play. Brown has anchored an Auburn defense that ranks third in the SEC in rushing yards allowed. Weaver leads the nation with 9 sacks, to the surprise of no one.

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Sports . Oklahoma State 's Chuba Hubbard, the nation's leading rusher, joins Taylor in the first- team backfield. All-purpose player — Lynn Bowden Jr., junior, Kentucky. Kicker — Peyton Henry, sophomore, Washington. Second team . Offense. Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa , junior, Alabama.

Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports Published 3:10 p.m. ET Oct. The biggest stars from some of the nation’s best teams lead the USA TODAY Sports midseason All - America team as the regular season hits the halfway point, including Penn State ’s Saquon Barkley, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield

LB: Zack Baun, Wisconsin (Sr.)

LB: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (Jr.)

LB: Evan Weaver, California (Sr.)

Baun had a beautiful pick-six in Saturday's blowout of Michigan State and ranks second among Power Five linebackers in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (6). Simmons stuff every line in the box score as the Tigers' leading tackler and defensive MVP. Weaver leads the FBS in tackles (84) and is the heart and soul of a superb unit.

CB: Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State (Jr.)

CB: Marco Wilson, Florida (So.)

S: Xavier McKinney, Alabama (Jr.)

S: Grant Delpit, LSU (Jr.)

Okudah has made three highlight-reel interceptions and played a key part in a vastly improved Ohio State defense. While Florida struggled against LSU's passing game in Saturday's loss, Wilson has stepped up to help the Gators' secondary shine even fellow cornerback CJ Henderson has missed three games. McKinney leads Alabama in tackles (47); teammates Patrick Surtain II and Trevon Diggs were also under consideration. Delpit has been all over the field for an LSU defense that has played below the program's recent standard but still ranks in the top 20 nationally in yards allowed per carry and per play.

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Baylor leads the Midseason All - America team with three selections, and three Group of Five teams are represented. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (left) and wide receiver Josh Doctson are both part of the USA TODAY Sports Midseason All - America team .

AP Midseason All - America Team chosen by a panel of 16 Top 25 poll voters. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY 's community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion.

K: Brandon Talton, Nevada (Fr.)

P: Max Duffy, Kentucky (So.)

RET: Jaylond Adams, Southern Mississippi (So.)

Talton began his college career with a 56-yard field goal to lead Nevada past Purdue and has yet to miss an attempt. Duffy is averaging an FBS-best 50.4 yards per punt and has pinned 15 of his 29 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Adams leads the nation with two kickoff returns for touchdowns and is the only player with a kickoff and punt return for a score.

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Alabama expects ‘full, speedy recovery’ for Tua Tagovailoa following ankle surgery .
The QB already ruled out for Arkansas in Week 9; availability for LSU in Week 11 unknown.Late in the first half of Alabama’s win over rival Tennessee, starting quarterback and Heisman front-runner Tua Tagovailoa went down with an apparent ankle injury. After spending time in the sideline medical tent, Tagovailoa went into the locker room for further observation.

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