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Daniels, Nabers Named to AFCA All-America Team

by Michael Bonnette
Daniels, Nabers Named to AFCA All-America Team

BATON ROUGE – Heisman Trophy quarterback Jayden Daniels and wide receiver Malik Nabers added more honors to their growing postseason list of accolades as they have been tabbed as first-team All-Americas by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA All-America team is voted on by the FBS head coaches.

Nabers has now been named first-team All-America by all five organizations who make up the consensus All-America team – AFCA, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Sporting News and Walter Camp.

Daniels, who on Saturday became LSU’s third Heisman Trophy winner, earned his fourth first-team All-America honor and joins Joe Burrow – winner of the 2019 Heisman – as the most decorated players in school history. Daniels has been named winner of the Davey O’Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as well as being selected as the Player of the Year by Walter Camp, Sporting News and AP.

Nabers led the nation in receiving yards with 1,546 and he finished second nationally in TD receptions with 14. He caught an SEC-best 86 passes and was first in the nation in plays of 20-plus and 30-plus yards.

Nabers had nine games with 100-yard receiving, which included a career-best 13 receptions for 239 yards and a pair of TDs in a win over Mississippi State in September. Nabers became LSU’s all-time receptions leader against Texas A&M with 186 catches, moving past Wendell Davis’ previous mark of 183.

Nabers enters the ReliaQuest Bowl just 17 yards shy of becoming only the second 3,000-yard receiver in school history and needing only 19 yards to break the school-record of 3,001 held by Josh Reed.

Daniels set numerous records during his senior season with the Tigers as he became the first player in FBS history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 350 yards in a game when he did it in the win over Florida. Against the Gators, Daniels rushed for 234 yards and passed for 372 yards breaking the SEC record for total offense with 606 yards.

Daniels leads the nation in total offense (412.2) and he’s on pace to join Burrow as the only players in SEC history to average 400 yards of offense in a single-season. Burrow averaged 402.6 in 2019. He would also become only the 20th player in FBS history to average 400 yards per game.

Daniels leads the nation in passing TDs (40), TDs responsible for (50) and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,134). His pass efficiency rating of 208.01 is the highest in FBS history.

2023 AFCA All-America Teams

First Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown (High School)
WR * Marvin Harrison Jr. Jr. Ohio State Philadelphia, Pa. (St. Joseph’s Prep)
WR Malik Nabers Jr. LSU Youngsville, La. (Southside)
TE * Brock Bowers Jr. Georgia Napa, Calif. (Napa)
OL * Joe Alt Jr. Notre Dame North Oaks, Minn. (Totino-Grace)
OL Cooper Beebe Sr. Kansas State Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
C Jackson Powers-Johnson Jr. Oregon Draper, Utah (Corner Canyon)
OL Zak Zinter Sr. Michigan North Andover, Mass. (Browne & Nichols School)
OL Olumuyiwa Fashanu Jr. Penn State Waldorf, Md. (Gonzaga College HS)
QB Jayden Daniels Sr. LSU San Bernardino, Calif. (Cajon)
RB * Blake Corum Sr. Michigan Marshall, Va. (St. Frances Academy)
RB Ollie Gordon II So. Oklahoma State Fort Worth, Tex. (Euless Trinity)
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown (High School)
DL Jared Verse R-Jr. Florida State Dayton, Ohio (Central Columbia)
DL T’Vondre Sweat Sr. Texas Huntsville, Tex. (Huntsville)
DL Laiatu Latu Sr. UCLA Sacramento, Calif. (Jesuit)
DL Jer’Zhan Newton Jr. Illinois St. Petersburg, Fla. (Clearwater Central Catholic)
LB Dallas Turner Jr. Alabama Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
LB Payton Wilson Gr. NC State Hillsborough, N.C. (Orange)
LB Edgerrin Cooper Jr. Texas A&M Covington, La. (Covington)
DB Cooper DeJean Jr. Iowa Odebolt, Iowa (OA-BCIG)
DB Trey Taylor Sr. Air Force Frisco, Tex. (Lone Star)
DB Xavier Watts Jr. Notre Dame Omaha, Neb. (Burke)
DB Malaki Starks So. Georgia Jefferson, Ga. (Jefferson)
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown (High School)
P Tory Taylor Sr. Iowa Melbourne, Australia (Haileybury College)
PK Graham Nicholson Jr. Miami (Ohio) Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day)
AP Travis Hunter So. Colorado Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill)
LS James Rosenberry Jr. R-Sr. Florida State Delaware, Ohio (Olentangy)
Second Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown (High School)
WR Malik Washington Gr. Virginia Lawrenceville, Ga. (Parkview)
WR Rome Odunze Jr. Washington Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman)
TE Dallin Holker Jr. Colorado State Lehi, Utah (Lehi)
OL Graham Barton Sr. Duke Brentwood, Tenn. (Ravenwood)
OL Taliese Fuaga Jr. Oregon State Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma)
C Sedrick Van Pran Jr. Georgia New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)
OL Troy Fautanu Jr. Washington Henderson, Nev. (Liberty)
OL Kelvin Banks Jr. So. Texas Humble, Tex. (Summer Creek)
QB Michael Penix Jr. Sr. Washington Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay Tech)
RB Cody Schrader Gr. Missouri St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran South)
RB Omarion Hampton So. North Carolina Clayton, N.C. (Cleveland)
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown (High School)
DL Jalen Green Sr. James Madison Baltimore, Md. (Good Counsel)
DL Kris Jenkins Sr. Michigan Olney, Md. (Our Lady Good Counsel)
DL JT Tuimoloau Jr. Ohio State Edgewood, Wash. (Eastside Catholic)
DL Jonah Elliss Jr. Utah Moscow, Idaho (Moscow Senior)
LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. Jr. Clemson Hainesport, N.J. (St. Joseph’s (Pa.) Preparatory)
LB Jay Higgins Sr. Iowa Indianapolis, Ind. (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)
LB Trey Moore R-So. UTSA San Antonio, Tex. (Smithson Valley)
DB Terrion Arnold R-So. Alabama Tallahassee, Fla. (John Paul II Catholic)
DB Quinyon Mitchell Jr. Toledo Williston, Fla. (Williston)
DB * Kool-Aid McKinstry Jr. Alabama Birmingham, Ala. (Pinson Valley)
DB Beanie Bishop Jr. R-Sr. West Virginia Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Park)
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown (High School)
P James Ferguson-Reynolds So. Boise State Geelong, Australia (SEDA College)
PK Jose Pizano Sr. UNLV Lehi, Utah (Lehi)
AP Xavier Worthy Jr. Texas Fresno, Calif. (Central East)
LS * Joe Shimko Gr. NC State Belmar, N.J. (Wall Township)

* – 2022 AFCA All-American

Team Background: The teams now chosen for each of the AFCA’s five divisions evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. The AFCA started selecting an NAIA All-America Team in 2006. In 2016, the AFCA added a second team All-America. From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.

The Award: Members of the AFCA Coaches’ All-America First Team will receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team, while members of the Second Team will receive a certificate.