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Amaro achieves unanimous all-America status with recognition from final two teams

FWAA, AFCA honor Tech tight

Posted: December 18, 2013 - 5:14pm  |  Updated: December 19, 2013 - 2:05am
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Not everyone agrees Jace Amaro was the best tight end in the country — except the people who choose the all-America teams.

The Texas Tech standout achieved unanimous all-America status when he made the all-America teams released Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association.

The NCAA determines consensus and unanimous all-America status based on five postseason honor teams. Amaro already had made those selected by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News and The Associated Press.

Going 5-for-5 with the all-America selectors is no small consolation for Amaro, who last month was not among the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end. That honor ultimately went to Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Amaro’s seemingly lukewarm consideration for the Mackey — he was left off the midseason watch list, made the eight semifinalists, missed the cut for finalists — had to do with the relatively small percentage of the time he lined up as a traditional tight end in a three-point stance. Most often, the Red Raiders use him as a standup inside receiver.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior from San Antonio MacArthur has 98 receptions for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns, and still can increase those numbers with one game remaining.

Tech (7-5) is preparing to play No. 16 Arizona State (10-3) in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Diego, Calif.

According to Tech research, Amaro is the fifth Red Raiders player to achieve unanimous all-America recognition. The others were punter Mark Bounds in 1991, linebacker Zach Thomas in 1995, running back Byron Hanspard in 1996 and wide receiver Michael Crabtree in 2007 and 2008.

Amaro is one of 10 players who made all five teams this year.

The other unanimous all-Americans on offense are linemen Jake Matthews from Texas A&M, Cyril Richardson from Baylor and David Yankey from Stanford and running back Andre Williams from Boston College.

The unanimous all-America selections on defense are linemen Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh and Michael Sam from Missouri, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and backs Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State and Lamarcus Joyner from Florida State.

 

AMERICAN FOOTBALL
COACHES ASSOCIATION

FBS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Offense

Wide receivers: Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, So., Galveston Ball; Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6-1, 205, Jr., Fort Myers, Fla.

Tight end: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, 6-5, 260, Jr., San Antonio MacArthur.

Linemen: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Sr., Sugar Land Elkins; Cyril Richardson, Baylor, 6-5, 340, Sr., North Crowley; Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr., Alabama; David Yankey, Stanford, 6-5, 313, Sr., Roswell, Ga.

Center: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, 6-3, 298, Sr., Oklahoma City, Okla.

Quarterback: A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 6-4, 214, Sr., Mobile, Ala.

Running backs: Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0, 227, Sr., Schnecksville, Pa.; Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona, 5-10, 207, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

Defense

Linemen: Michael Sam, Missouri, 6-2, 255, Sr., Hitchcock; Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 285, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, 6-5, 250, Sr., Plano West; Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 274, Jr., Rock Hill, S.C.

Linebackers: Trent Murphy, Stanford, 6-6, 261, Sr., Mesa, Ariz.; Anthony Barr, UCLA, 6-4, 248, Sr., San Pedro, Calif.; C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 238, Sr., Mobile, Ala.

Backs: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, 5-11, 197, Sr., Dry Branch, Ga.; Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, 6-1, 208, Jr., Orlando, Fla.; Ahmad Dixon, Baylor, 6-0, 205, Sr., Waco Midway.

Special Teams

Punter: Tom Hornsey, Memphis, 6-3, 210, Sr., Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Kicker: Anthony Fera, Texas, 6-2, 208, Sr., Houston St. Pius X.

All-purpose player: Ty Montgomery, Stanford, 6-2, 215, Jr., Dallas St. Mark’s.

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FOOTBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION

OF AMERICA

ALL-AMERICA TEAM

First Team

Offense

Quarterback: Jameis Winston, Florida State

Running backs: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona; Andre Williams, Boston College.

Tight end: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Wide receivers: Mike Evans, Texas A&M; Brandin Cooks, Oregon State.

Linemen: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama; David Yankey, Stanford; Bryan Stork, Florida State; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M; Cyril Richardson, Baylor.

Defense

Linemen: Michael Sam, Missouri; Trent Murphy, Stanford; Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh; Marcus Smith, Louisville.

Linebackers: Khalil Mack, Buffalo; Chris Borland, Wisconsin; C.J. Mosley, Alabama.

Backs: Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Alabama; Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State; Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State; Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State.

Special Teams

Kick returner: Odell Beckham, LSU

Punt returner: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

Punter: Tom Hornsey, Memphis

Kicker: Anthony Fera, Texas

Second Team

Offense

Quarterback: A.J. McCarron, Alabama

Running backs: Tre Mason, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, Washington.

Wide receivers: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State; Allen Robinson, Penn State.

Tight end: Eric Ebron, North Carolina.

Linemen: Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State; Jack Mewhort, Ohio State; Greg Robinson, Auburn; Brandon Scherff, Iowa.

Center: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon.

Defense

Linemen: Vic Beasley, Clemson; Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; Timmy Jernigan, Florida State; Ryan Mueller, Kansas State.

Linebackers: Anthony Barr, UCLA; Ryan Shazier, Ohio State; Shayne Skov, Stanford.

Backs: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon; E.J. Gaines, Missouri; Ed Reynolds, Stanford; Jason Verrett, TCU.

Special Teams

Kicker: Nate Freese, Boston College

Punter: Richie Leone, Houston

Kick returner: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

Punt returner: Jamison Crowder, Duke

 

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Mackey Award

What a joke!

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Agreed!

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