Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki Named To SB Nation All-America Team

By Matthew Filipovits on December 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Sep 23, 2017; Iowa City, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the fourth quarter as tight end Mike Gesicki (88) blocks against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Penn State won 21-19. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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Last week, SB Nation put out a survey for fans to make their picks for the 2017 All-America team. On top of the usual players, fans had the option to also vote for Head Coach of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Coordinators of the Year, Game of the Year, and GIF of the Year. 

Saquon Barkley, First Team, RB

Carries Yards TDs
119 1134 16

To literally no one's surprise, Saquon Barkley got the first team nod. After he was snubbed out of being a Heisman finalist, it's good to see Barkley still getting national recognition. He shared the first team honor with Stanford running back Bryce Love.

Barkley was also an honorable mention for kick returner.

Mike Gesicki, Second Team, TE

Catches Yards TDs
51 501 9

A Mackey Award finalist, Gesicki continued to be one of Trace McSorley's favorite targets. He already brought home All-Big Ten honors last week, marking the second time in his career he's done so. The first team nod went to Oklahoma's Mark Andrews.

In former Penn State player news, Adam Breneman was listed as an honorable mention after a strong season with the UMass Minutemen.

Trace McSorley, Honorable Mention, QB

Completion % Yards TD
65.3 3228 26

Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson were obvious choices for the first and second team but it's good to see McSorley get some votes. On top of a strong season through the air, McSorley was the team's second leading rusher with 431 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Marcus Allen, Honorable Mention, S

Tackles TFls Int
64 4 1

After not even being an honorable mention last year, Allen finally broke through on this list. He'll leave Penn State in the top five all-time in career tackles. Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and Virginia's Quin Blanding brought home the first team honors.

Jason Cabinda, Honorable Mention, LB

Tackles TFls Sacks
86 7 3.5

A three-year starter, it's great to see Cabinda finally got the recognition he deserves. One of Penn State's defensive leaders, he is the first Penn State linebacker to appear on this list since Mike Hull in 2014. Georgia's Roquan Smith, Iowa's Josey Jewell, and Wisconsin's T.J. Edwards were named to the first team.

Joe Moorhead, Offensive Coordinator of the year

After breaking just about every offensive record possible of the past few years, Moorhead has more than earned this honor. He's now on to his next challenge, leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs through the SEC West.

The selections in their entirety can be found here.

I voted Baker Mayfield planting the flag at Ohio Stadium as Play of the Year and it did not win. I demand a recount and for anyone to convince me that there was a better play this season.