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“Experienced Veterans Dominate the AP Team” – The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LSU’s Jayden Daniels and six other college football players were named to The Associated Press All-America team on Monday. The players, all in either their fifth or sixth season of college football, were recognized for their outstanding performances on the field.

Daniels, a fifth-year quarterback, recently won the Heisman Trophy and the AP player of the year honors after an impressive season in which he accounted for 50 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards of offense.

Joining Daniels on the first team were Missouri’s Cody Schrader, a sixth-year running back, and North Carolina State linebacker Payton Wilson, also in his sixth year. The team also included Kansas State guard Cooper Beebe, UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu, Jalen Green from James Madison, and Texas defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat, all in their fifth year of college football.

The article also noted that college players who were in school during the 2020 pandemic season were granted an extra year of eligibility, allowing them to continue making an impact in the sport.

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In addition to the first team, eleven fifth-year players and eight sixth-year players were selected for the second and third teams, showcasing the continued influence of experienced players in college football.

Notable repeat selections included Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt and Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., while Alabama led all teams with three first-team All-Americans on the defensive side.

The AP All-America team was selected by a panel of 18 college Top 25 poll voters, and the article included several photos of the players who were recognized for their exceptional performances.