Nick Saban’s Success at Producing Consensus All-Americans is Way Beyond Anything College Football Has Seen Before

When it comes to assessing talent on college football teams, two obvious barometers are recruiting rankings and the NFL draft. 

One that’s in between the coming and going is being named an All-American, the best at each position for a given season. 

As demonstrated once again this week, Alabama stands out in attracting top prospects, and its been dominating at the pro level for a while, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban has ruled the All-American selections as well.

But the level to which it has done so has been stunning.

For consistency and simplicity purposes, this discussion will be limited to consensus first-season All-American status. 

For that, a player must be named first-team by the majority of the services recognized by the NCAA: American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News.

A year

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