▶︎ (Photo: Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports) QB: Jalen Hurts, Alabama
A dominant defensive line class in the 2016 recruiting cycle has lived up to impossible expectations. Among the defensive linemen with five-star hype, we’ve seen one among the national leaders in tackles for loss, we’ve seen two power college football playoff runs, we’ve seen one among the sack leaders in the ACC and we’ve seen some guys put together monster freshman seasons that couldn’t even crack our True Freshman All-American Team — such as 2016’s No. 1 player, Rashan Gary.
Along with that loaded defensive line unit, our All-American lineup got wide receivers that have shattered the records of legends, a quarterback who is going where no quarterback has gone before, and some defenders that gave some porous defenses a glimmer of hope.
Here is the 2016 True Freshman All-American Team, starting with Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The first true freshman starter at Alabama since 1984 and the only one under Nick Saban , Hurts’ has been the most dangerous offensive player on the best team in America all season long. Hurts was ranked as the No. 177 player in the country according to the industry’s 247Sports Composite but he was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 104 player and the No. 1 dual threat quarterback.