CFN’s College Football Midseason All-Americans 2022

    The CFN College Football Midseason All-Americans are here, honoring the elite play we've seen from all 131 teams across the nation in 2022.

    The college football season is halfway home and our first ever College Football Midseason All-Americans honor the top players through seven weeks of action.

    Debuting with our recent news of College Football Network coming soon, the CFN midseason All-Americans showcase just how awesome the 2022 college football season has been so far.

    The CFB analysts at CFN all got together to narrow the list of thousands of athletes to three teams on offense, three on defense, and deserving honorable mentions.

    College Football Network’s 2022 Midseason All-Americans

    1st-Team Offense

    QB: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
    RB: Chase Brown, Illinois
    RB: Blake Corum, Michigan
    WR: Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee
    WR: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
    WR: Charlie Jones, Purdue
    TE: Dalton Kincaid, Utah
    FLEX: Oronde Gadsden II, Syracuse
    OT: Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State
    G: Steve Avila, TCU
    C: Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan
    G: Zak Zinter, Michigan
    OT: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State

    As stacked as it gets on an offense, C.J. Stroud leads the way. His touchdown-to-interception ratio only pales in comparison to his yards per attempt. He’s the leader in the Heisman Trophy race and is leading the charge with flawless execution of the nation’s top offense.

    Chase Brown is the first — and only — running back to topple the 1,000-yard mark this season. He’s carried Illinois’ offense with his efforts, bringing back old-school football in the process. Blake Corum is second in the nation in yards, having done so with ample blocking in front of him but creating more than his fair share of yards on his own.

    The receivers across the nation have been incredibly impressive all season long. Marvin Harrison Jr. has three three-touchdown performances over his last seven games, including two this year. After his five-touchdown performance against Alabama, Jalin Hyatt now leads the country with a whopping 10 touchdowns through the air. He’s been lights out all season long and played his best game on the biggest of stages.

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    Charlie Jones has sizzled the competition, ranking second in receptions and receiving touchdowns this year. He’s been unguardable by any defensive back in his way.

    The tight ends get a lot of love here, as Dalton Kincaid is fresh off a 16-catch night against USC and Oronde Gadsden II has proven to be a mismatch for any defense. Kincaid leads all tight ends with 38 receptions, 541 yards, and six scores. Gadsden lines up as a receiver at times and earns the first-team Midseason All-American nod at the offensive Flex position due to his dominance.

    On the offensive line, the reigning Joe Moore Award-winning unit spots two as the Michigan Wolverines have two of the top interior linemen in the country. Olusegun Oluwatimi is hands down the best center in the country, and his only competition has been Big Ten counterpart John Michael Schmitz of Minnesota. Zak Zinter helps Oluwatimi carve huge rushing lanes and keep clean pockets for J.J. McCarthy to deal from.

    The tackles also reside in the Big Ten as Paris Johnson Jr. has looked every bit like a top tackle in his first season at LT in Columbus. Olumuyiwa Fashanu has come out of relative obscurity to present one of the biggest mismatches in the trenches.

    Finally, the only non-Big Ten member on the first-team Midseason All-American list on the offensive line: Steve Avila from unbeaten TCU. Avila has been tremendous in every game this season for the Horned Frogs, whether it’s been clearing lanes in the run game or keeping Max Duggan clean from pressure.

    1st-Team Defense

    EDGE: Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
    EDGE: Laiatu Latu, UCLA
    DT: Michael Hall Jr., Ohio State
    DT: Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois
    LB: Daiyan Henley, Washington State
    LB: Drew Sanders, Arkansas
    LB: Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati
    CB: Clark Phillips III, Utah
    CB: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
    CB: Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
    S: Bentlee Sanders, Nevada
    S: Kendall Smith, Illinois
    FLEX: Tuli Tuipulotu, USC

    A dominant defensive unit as a whole, the first-team defenders on our Midseason All-American list are headlined by some historic DB play. Both Emmanuel Forbes and Clark Phillips III have recorded five interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns. Phillips has locked down one side of the field for Utah while Forbes has done the same for Mississippi State.

    Quinyon Mitchell earns his spot after his miraculous four-interception performance just two weeks ago. Mitchell returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns against Central Michigan and has been the Group of Five’s top lockdown cornerback this year.

    Bentlee Sanders leads the nation’s safeties with five interceptions himself while Kendall Smith has done an immaculate job of bringing the lumber with his hits and playing centerfield well for Illinois’ top-rated defense. Smith has four interceptions himself, including one against Minnesota in Week 7.

    As far as pass rushers go, this is a group of defensive linemen that may catch folks by surprise. Certainly not Will Anderson Jr., who has been everything we’d thought he was this year. But the other players on the CFN Midseason All-American list may come as a surprise. Jer’Zhan Newton has done nothing but wreak havoc on the inside for Illinois and Michael Hall Jr. has cleaned up sack after sack with his pocket-pushing ability for Ohio State.

    Laiatu Latu plays a unique role for UCLA’s defense, rushing the passer off the edge and stunting inside at times if he doesn’t back out in coverage of the flats. Latu has ripped through for six sacks of his own (6.5 total), leading the nation by averaging 1.08 sacks per game.

    Tuli Tuipulotu does the majority of his damage off the edge despite playing as a rotational EDGE. His primary position is to clog the middle, but he’s been special playing off the tackle where he’s wound up with seven sacks this season, tying for the nation’s best.

    Linebackers have been stellar across the country and nailing down just three of them was difficult. Daiyan Henley has transformed the Washington State defense this season, his first in Pullman. Henley has 33 solo tackles, most of which are at or around the line of scrimmage as his 11 tackles for loss as second among linebackers. He patrols incredibly well in coverage and made the Cougars’ defense a much better unit in 2022.

    Ivan Pace Jr. has continued his terrific play in his first season at Cincinnati. After years of dominating the MAC, Pace is averaging over 10 tackles a game and leads the nation’s linebackers with 12.5 TFL. Drew Sanders rounds out the LB group, as he’s flown to the football for Arkansas. Sanders has six solo sacks as well as a handful of tackles for loss or no gain in coverage.

    1st-Team Specialists

    K: Christopher Dunn, NC State
    P: Tory Taylor, Iowa
    KR: Johnnie Lang, Arkansas State
    PR: Eric Garror, Louisiana

    The only kicker in the country with five or more attempts from at least 40 yards out and to have made every one of his kicks is NC State’s Christopher Dunn. Dunn is a perfect 20-for-20 on extra points and a perfect 11-for-11 on field goals. He’s nailed all seven attempts from 40 or more yards, including one from 50+.

    Tory Taylor has single-handedly won games for the Iowa Hawkeyes this season, pinning opponents back inside the 20-yard line on 21 of his 52 kicks. Taylor averages nearly 46 yards per punt and hasn’t allowed more than 40 return yards on his kicks.

    Johnnie Lang leads the country with 593 kick-return yards and has a 98-yard kick-return TD for Arkansas State this season. Eric Garror is the only player in the country with multiple return touchdowns, as he’s taken two punts to the house for Louisiana. He’s averaging a whopping 18.3 yards per punt return with 13 total returns for 238 yards.

    2nd-Team Offense

    QB: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
    RB: DeWayne McBride, UAB
    RB: Israel Abanikanda, Pittsburgh
    WR: Rashee Rice, SMU
    WR: Rome Odunze, Washington
    WR: Ali Jennings III, Old Dominion
    TE: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
    FLEX: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
    OT: Christian Jones, Texas
    G: Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
    C: John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
    G: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
    OT: Darnell Wright, Tennessee

    2nd-Team Defense

    EDGE: Lonnie Phelps, Kansas
    EDGE: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State
    DT: Levi Bell, Texas State
    DT: Akheem Mesidor, Miami (FL)
    LB: Jacoby Windmon, Michigan State
    LB: Chris Ojoh, New Mexico State
    LB: Dee Winters, TCU
    CB: Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
    CB: Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
    CB: Kahlef Hailassie, Western Kentucky
    S: Calen Bullock, USC
    S: Matthew Bailey, Illinois
    FLEX: Mike Morris, Michigan

    2nd-Team Specialists

    K: Tanner Brown, Oklahoma State
    P: Jack Browning, San Diego State
    KR: Key’Shawn Smith, Miami (FL)
    PR: A.J. Henning, Michigan

    3rd-Team Offense

    QB: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
    RB: Khalan Laborn, Marshall
    RB: Sean Tucker, Syracuse
    WR: Trey Palmer, Nebraska
    WR: Keylon Stokes, Tulsa
    WR: Jacob Cowing, Arizona
    TE: Seydou Traore, Arkansas State
    FLEX: Bijan Robinson, Texas
    OT: Broderick Jones, Georgia
    G: Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
    C: Alex Forsyth, Oregon
    G: Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame
    OT: Asim Richards, North Carolina

    3rd-Team Defense

    EDGE: Seth Coleman, Illinois
    EDGE: Nick Hampton, Appalachian State
    DT: Dennis Osagiede, Liberty
    DT: Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh
    LB: Dallas Gant, Toledo
    LB: James Patterson, Buffalo
    LB: SirVocea Dennis, Pittsburgh
    CB: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
    CB: Kordell Rodgers, Texas State
    CB: Mike Sainristil, Michigan
    S: Yam Banks, South Alabama
    S: Robert Rahimi, Liberty
    FLEX: Eric Gentry, USC

    3rd-Team Specialists

    K: Matthew Dapore, Air Force
    P: Bryce Baringer, Michigan State
    KR: Sean Tyler, Western Michigan
    PR: Bryce Stephens, Arkansas

    Honorable Mention Offense

    QB: DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson
    QB: Drake Maye, North Carolina
    QB: Michael Penix Jr., Washington

    RB: Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss
    RB: Kenny McIntosh, Georgia
    RB: Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
    RB: Brad Roberts, Air Force
    RB: Cameron Davis, Washington
    RB: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota

    WR: Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State
    WR: De’Corian Clark, UTSA
    WR: Zakhari Franklin, UTSA
    WR: Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina
    WR: Kris Thornton, James Madison
    WR: C.J. Johnson, East Carolina
    WR: Jyaire Shorter, North Texas
    WR: Dante Cephas, Kent State
    WR: Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State
    WR: Quentin Johnston, TCU

    TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia
    TE: Caden Prieskorn, Memphis
    TE: Mason Fairchild, Kansas

    FLEX: Evan Hull, Northwestern
    FLEX: Roman Hemby, Maryland
    FLEX: Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas

    OT: Christian Duffie, Kansas State
    OT: Anton Harrison, Oklahoma
    : Bryce Cabeldue, Kansas

    G: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
    G: Clark Barrington, BYU
    G: Trente Jones, Michigan

    C: Alex Pihlstrom, Illinois
    C: Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
    C: Preston Wilson, Oklahoma State

    G: Jake Kradel, Pittsburgh
    G: T.J. Bass, Oregon
    G: Ryan Walk, Oregon

    OT: Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Oregon
    OT: Jaelyn Duncan, Maryland
    OT: Tylan Grable, UCF

    Honorable Mention Defense

    EDGE: YaYa Diaby, Louisville
    EDGE: David Perales, Fresno State
    EDGE: Myles Murphy, Clemson
    EDGE: Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan
    EDGE: Byron Vaughns, Utah State
    EDGE: Tavius Robinson, Ole Miss

    DT: Colby Wooden, Auburn
    DT: Dom Peterson, Nevada
    DT: Judge Culpepper, Toledo
    DT: DeWayne Carter, Duke
    DT: Daymond Williams, Buffalo
    DT: Jowon Briggs, Cincinnati

    LB: Jackson Mitchell, UConn
    LB: KD Davis, North Texas
    LB: Jaylan Ford, Texas
    LB: Danny Stutsman, Oklahoma
    LB: Austin Ajiake, UNLV
    LB: Carlton Martial, Troy
    LB: Mason Cobb, Oklahoma State
    LB: Anfernee Orji, Vanderbilt
    LB: Jailin Walker, James Madison

    CB: Cooper DeJean, Iowa
    CB: Craig Young, Kansas
    CB: Bralyn Lux, Fresno State
    CB: Jarius Monroe, Tulane
    CB: Anthony Johnson, Virginia
    CB: Marcellas Dial, South Carolina
    CB: Quavian White, Georgia State
    CB: Decorian Patterson, Middle Tennessee
    CB: Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas

    S: Macon Clark, Tulane
    S: Kamren Kinchens, Miami (FL)
    S: Quindell Johnson, Memphis
    S: Malaki Starks, Georgia
    S: AJ Finley, Ole Miss
    S: Kenny Logan Jr., Kansas

    FLEX: Byron Young, Tennessee
    FLEX: Hudson Clark, Arkansas
    FLEX: Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest

    Honorable Mention Specialists

    K: Gavin Baechle, UTEP
    K: B.T. Potter, Clemson
    K: John Hoyland, Wyoming

    P: Brad Robbins, Michigan
    P: Mason Fletcher, Cincinnati
    P: Kyle Ulbrich, Middle Tennessee

    KR: Barion Brown, Kentucky
    KR: Matthew McDoom, Coastal Carolina
    KR: Kaylon Horton, North Texas

    PR: Jordan Byrd, San Diego State
    PR: Caullin Lacy, South Alabama
    PR: Anthony Gould, Oregon State

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