2016 Metric All-Americans

As most of you who are familiar with my work, I do a lot of analytical studies. Whether it’s measuring age, athleticism or production of NFL prospects.

And this year, I felt the spark to create a list of All-Americans based entirely on numbers. One, because it has never been done before to my knowledge.

And two, because it would be a good way to raise questions about who should really be an All-American. Lots of superficial factors sway how people feel about college players.

So an objective measure of performance like this could be helpful in illuminating underappreciated prospects. And take away some of the superficial factors such as the school a player plays on, or random hype generated from one big game on the national stage.

Now onto how I constructed this list. I used two main components in measuring the performances:

  • Strength of Schedule
  • Production

Strength of Schedule was collected from College Football Reference where I converted the hardest to weakest team schedule into a number from 0-99. And College Football Reference is also the site where I collected the statistical data used at QB, RB, WR, TE, LB, DE, DT, CB and DS.

Production at quarterback was measured by weighing various statistics such as TD/INT ratio, quarterback rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt compared to their peers this year and the last ten years.

Production at running back, wide receiver and tight end were measured by market share production. Or a player’s percentage of their offense either through passing yardage, or all-purpose yardage.

Which I find to be a great gauge of just how much impact that prospect had on their individual team. Raw stats are way too dependent on the overall output of a team’s offense.

And the same goes for defensive production that is measured through market share as well. Each defensive player’s solo tackle, sack, tackle for loss, interception and pass deflection market share was collected.

Then I compared that data to their peers. Whether it be cornerback to cornerback, or edge rusher to edge rusher.

The only positions I did not add to this list was offensive linemen, where there are unfortunately no statistics to measure at that position. So without further ado, here is the 2016 College Football Metric All-American list.

First-team

QB

Sam Darnold, USC

RB

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

Dalvin Cook, Florida State

WR

Austin Carr, Northwestern

Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse

TE

Evan Engram, Ole Miss

Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Edge Rusher

Takkarist McKinley, UCLA

Hunter Dimick, Utah

T.J. Watt, Wisconsin

Defensive Tackle

Jarron Jones, Notre Dame

Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Pursuit LB

Jack Cichy, Wisconsin

Tegray Scales, Indiana

Kenneth Olugbode, Colorado

Cornerback

Adoree Jackson, USC

Jaylen Dunlap, Illinois

Safety

Nathan Gerry, Nebraska

Josh Jones, North Carolina State

Second Team

QB

Luke Falk, Washington State

RB

Justin Jackson, Northwestern

D’Onta Foreman, Texas

WR

Isaiah Jones, East Carolina

Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

TE

Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Jake Butt, Michigan

Edge Rusher

Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

Demarcus Walker, Florida State

Defensive Tackle

Solomon Thomas, Stanford

Ed Oliver, Houston

Pursuit LB

Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Micah Kiser, Virginia

Jordan Jones, Kentucky

Cornerback

Treston Decoud, Oregon State

Ryan Lewis, Pittsburgh

Defensive Safety

Tedric Thompson, Colorado

Shalom Luani, Washington State

Third Team

QB

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

RB

Joe Williams, Utah

Saquan Barkley, Penn State

WR

Drew Wolitarsky, Minnesota

Malik Turner, Illinois

TE

Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Adam Breneman, Massachusetts

Edge Rusher

Porter Gustin, USC

Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado

Bright Ugwoegbu, Oregon State

Defensive Tackle

Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

Rasheem Greene, USC

Pursuit LB

Jayon Brown, UCLA

Travin Howard, TCU

Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

Cornerback

Montre Hartage, Northwestern

Xavier Crawford, Oregon State

Safety

Malik Hooker, Ohio State

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

 

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