2021 CBS Sports Midseason All-America team: College football’s best at the halfway point


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Graphic by Mike Meredith

With the 2021 college football season now at its halfway point, our panel of CBS Sports college football experts were faced with plenty of difficult decisions when convening to select the 2021 CBS Sports Midseason All-America team. Consisting of players who have shined brightly over the first seven weeks and are expected to continue their top-tier performances through the end of the season, this will hopefully serve as a preview of the year-end All-America team.

There are five unanimous CBS Sports Midseason All-America selections, none of whom were among the three unanimous preseason picks. Texas’ Bijan Robinson (1,137 total yards, 13 total touchdowns) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (1,023 total yards, 10 total touchdowns) were the clear choices at running back, while Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum and Georgia nose guard Jordan Davis have been dominant in the trenches. Rounding out the unanimous selections is Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., who already has seven sacks through as many games.

Robinson, Linderbaum and Anderson are three of seven players returning from that the CBS Sports Preseason All-America first team, a list that also includes offensive linemen Darian Kinnard (Kentucky) and Evan Neal (Alabama), cornerback Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati) and safety Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame).

Unlike that preseason team, the Big Ten has surpassed the SEC with the most All-America selections at the midway point. In total, 22 programs are represented across the 27 picks with only Alabama, Georgia, Iowa and Michigan State each having two players featured.

Big Ten 7
SEC 6
ACC 5
Pac-12 3
American 2
Big 12 2
Independent / Other 2

2021 CBS Sports Midseason All-America

*  unanimous selection | classes listed according to official team rosters

QB

Kenny Pickett

Pittsburgh

Senior

RB

Bijan Robinson *

Texas

Sophomore

RB

Kenneth Walker III *

Michigan State

Junior

WR

Drake London

USC

Junior

WR

David Bell

Purdue

Junior

TE

Isaiah Likely

Coastal Carolina

Senior

C

Tyler Linderbaum *

Iowa

Junior

OL Evan Neal Alabama Junior
OL Ikem Ekwonu NC State Sophomore

OL

Darian Kinnard

Kentucky

Senior

OL

Zion Johnson

Boston College

Graduate

DL Jordan Davis * Georgia Senior
DL Aidan Hutchinson Michigan Senior

DL

Jermaine Johnson

Florida State

Senior

DL

Tre Williams

Arkansas

Senior

LB

Will Anderson Jr. *

Alabama

Sophomore

LB

Nakobe Dean

Georgia

Junior

LB

Devin Lloyd

Utah

Junior

CB

Matt Hankins

Iowa

Senior

CB

Ahmad Gardner

Cincinnati

Junior

S

Kyle Hamilton

Notre Dame

Junior

S

Verone McKinley III

Oregon

Sophomore

K

Nick Sciba

Wake Forest

Junior

P

Adam Korsak

Rutgers

Senior

KR

Malik Knowles

Kansas State

Junior

PR

Marcus Jones

Houston

Senior

AP

Jayden Reed

Michigan State

Junior





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