There is a long list of entities that award All-Americans. The Associated Press, ESPN, The Athletic, your mom maybe...the point is, there are a lot of chances for players to be recognized for their impressive on-field achievements.
We have attempted to round up all of the All-American teams we could find just so we could see how many Jonathan Taylor and Tyler Biadasz ended up on. Spoiler alert, it was a lot of them.
Firstly, everyone’s favorite, the Associated Press. Ahh yes, the AP Poll that gives us college football rankings in early August that we can scream about until the CFP rankings are finally released. As you might have guessed, Jonathan Taylor and Tyler Biadasz were both named to the first team here. The running back/center duo were two of eight players named to the first team from the Big Ten, which was one short of the SEC’s nine members.
Now we head to the Worldwide Leader in Sports to see if they agreed. Breaking news, they did as both Taylor and Biadasz were named to ESPN’s All-American team for the 2019 season. In ESPN’s writing of the team they praised JT’s career, including by noting that he is only the 7th player ever to eclipse 6,000 rushing yards. Just wow.
Joe Burrow and Chase Young headline our All-America team ⤵️https://t.co/UHUxfthr8A— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 16, 2019
Next, we head to Sports Illustrated to see if they concurred with the narrative seeming to arise. JT and Tyler Biadasz are a pretty darn good duo. Sure enough, they did as the two made SI’s first team list along with nine other players from the Big Ten. Biadasz was one of two Big Ten players to be a consensus vote to the list along with Ohio State’s Chase Young.
Taylor was also named to the FWAA first team, because, well...duh.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation had Taylor, Biadasz AND Baun on their first-team which is awesome, and honestly a little unexpected because sometimes Wisconsin defenders get overlooked for honors such as these.
Last but not least is The Athletic. Maybe you’ve balled out and bought your own subscription, or maybe you’ve got a log in from a friend who may or may not have forgotten he’s subscribed. Either way, you’ve got to pay to play at this site but the content is usually outstanding. OK, back to the boys, yes they’re once again part of the first team! In addition to the dynamic duo linebacker Zack Baun was named to the Athletic’s second team as well!
Is that all? Probably not, but the point is still the same. Jonathan Taylor and Tyler Biadasz are both exceptionally talented and incredible individuals on and off the football field. Their 2019 seasons were special once again, and I fully expect both of them to continue that special season in the Rose Bowl before taking their talents to the National Football League this spring.
Five organizations contribute to the selection of college football's consensus All-Americans. Each will release its respective team on the following days:@WalterCampFF: Dec. 12@AP_Sports: Dec. 16@SportingNews: Dec. 17@WeAreAFCA: Dec. 18@TheFWAA: Dec. 19— Football Writers Association of America (@TheFWAA) November 21, 2019
We will update this post throughout the week as more lists are released.
UPDATE, Tuesday 9:53 p.m. CT: Sorry for the delay on this update, but the Sporting News named their All-American team and GUESS WHAT???
Biadasz was also a first team honoree and Baun made the second team. It seems we have found a bit of a pattern here.
UPDATE x2, Friday 5:09 a.m. CT: In a surprise to only those who have been in a coma since August, Taylor and Biadasz were BOTH named consensus first-team All-Americans. That is an amazing and well deserved honor for both of them.
Baun was also named to the first-team by the FWAA. What a season for these three players!