DALLAS --- Texas A&M’s Mike Evans and Jake Matthews were named to the Football Writers Association of America’s 70th All-America team, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The record-setting Evans, from Galveston Ball High School, led the Aggies with 65 catches for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 1,322 yards crushed A&M’s old school record and his 12 touchdown catches matched the A&M record. Evans broke A&M’s nearly 50-year old record for receiving yards in a game with 279 yards against Alabama and then re-broke the record a few games later with 287 against Auburn.
A rock on the offensive line for the last four seasons, Matthews, from Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, goes into the bowl game with a team-high 45 consecutive starts. He helped clear the way for an Aggie offense that leads the SEC in passing, total and scoring offense. A&M is one of only three teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision to rank in the top 10 in all three statistical categories.
Top-ranked Florida State led the ACC with three players on the team, most notably freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. For the first time since 1949, the FWAA has selected a second team and, while SEC champion Auburn didn't place a player on the first team, it did have two second-teamers. And, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year this past Monday in recognition of the Tigers' brilliant turnaround season.
Alabama of the SEC also placed three players on the first team, while Stanford of the Pac-12 and the SEC's Texas A&M had two each. The first-team conference breakdown went like this: SEC (7), ACC (6), Big 12 (4), Pac-12 (4), American Athletic (2) Big Ten (2), and Mid-American (1). Of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, seven are represented on the first team.
For the second straight season, the FWAA had a freshman as its first-team quarterback following Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel last season. There was only one first-team repeater from 2012, Matthews of Texas A&M. Included on the 2013 team is the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Aaron Donald. The Pittsburgh defensive tackle is only the fourth player to sweep both of the FWAA's two major player awards.
2013 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
QB -- Jameis Winston, Florida State, 6-4, 228, Fr., Bessemer, Ala.
RB -- Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 5-10, 207, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.
RB -- Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0, 227, Sr., Schnecksville, Pa.
WR -- Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 5-10, 186, Jr., Stockton, Calif.
WR -- Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, So., Galveston, Texas
TE -- Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, 6-5, 260, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
OL -- Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr., Hyattsville, Md.
OL -- Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Sr., Missouri City, Texas
OL -- Cyril Richardson, Baylor, 6-5, 340, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas
OL -- David Yankey, Stanford, 6-5, 313, Sr., Roswell, Ga.
C -- Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 300, Sr., Vero Beach, Fla.
DL -- Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 285, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.
DL -- Trent Murphy, Stanford, 6-6, 261, Sr., Mesa, Ariz.
DL -- Michael Sam, Missouri, 6-2, 255, Sr., Hitchcock, Texas
DL -- Marcus Smith, Louisville, 6-3, 252, Sr., Columbus, Ga,
LB -- Chris Borland, Wisconsin, 5-11, 246, Sr., Kettering, Ohio
LB -- Khalil Mack, Buffalo, 6-3, 248, Sr., Fort Pierce, Fla.
LB -- C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 238, Sr., Mobile, Ala.
DB -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, 6-1, 208, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
DB -- Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, 5-11, 197, Sr., Dry Branch, Ga.
DB -- Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 200, Sr., Huntsville, Texas
DB -- Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
K -- Anthony Fera, Texas, 6-2, 208, Sr., Cypress, Texas
P -- Tom Hornsey, Memphis, 6-3, 210, Sr., Geelong, Australia
KR -- Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, 6-0, 193, Jr., New Orleans, La.
PR -- Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Fr., Charleston, W. Va,
2013 FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Offense: QB AJ McCarron, Alabama; RB Tre Mason, Auburn; RB Bishop Sankey, Washington; WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State; WR Allen Robinson, Penn State; TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina; OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State; OL Jack Mewhort, Ohio State; OL Greg Robinson, Auburn; OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa; C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon. Defense: DL Vic Beasley, Clemson; DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; DL Timmy Jernigan, Florida State; DL Ryan Mueller, Kansas State; LB Anthony Barr, UCLA; LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State; LB Shayne Skov, Stanford; DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon; DB E.J. Gaines, Missouri; DB Ed Reynolds, Stanford; DB Jason Verrett, TCU. Specialists: K Nate Freese, Boston College; P Richie Leone, Houston; KR Ty Montgomery, Stanford; PR Jamison Crowder, Duke.