Mayfield, Love, Barkley lead AP midseason All-America team
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By RALPH D. RUSSO
Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and star running backs Bryce Love of Stanford and Saquon Barkley of Penn State lead The Associated Press midseason All-America team, along with two defensive backs from No. 1 Alabama.
The team released Tuesday was selected by 16 members of the AP Top 25 voting panel.
Mayfield leads the nation in passer efficiency rating (207.33) and completion percentage (72.7) for the ninth-ranked Sooners. He is joined on the first team by Oklahoma teammates Orlando Brown, Mayfield's left tackle, and linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo.
Love leads the nation in rushing and is averaging 10.27 yards per carry for No. 22 Stanford. Barkley is second behind Love in yards from scrimmage at 174 yards per game for the second-ranked Nittany Lions.
Quarterback - Baker Mayfield, senior, Oklahoma.
Tackles - Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; David Edwards, sophomore, Wisconsin.
Guards - Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Cody O'Connell, senior, Washington State.
Center - Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.
Tight end - Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.
Receivers - James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; David Sills V, junior, West Virginia.
All-purpose player - Dante Pettis, junior, Washington.
Kicker - Matt Gay, junior, Utah.
Tackles - Hercules Mata'Afa, junior, Washington State; Maurice Hurst, senior, Michigan.
Linebackers - Roquan Smith, junior, Georgia; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, senior, Oklahoma.
Punter - Johnny Townsend, senior, Florida.
Quarterback - Mason Rudolph, senior, Oklahoma State.
Running backs - Rashaad Penny, senior, San Diego State; Jonathan Taylor, freshman, Wisconsin.
Tackles - Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.
Guards - Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.
Center - Bradley Bozeman, senior, Alabama.
Tight end- Mark Andrews, junior, Oklahoma.
All-purpose player - Nyheim Hines, junior, North Carolina State.
Kicker - Emilio Nadelman, senior, South Florida.
Ends - Christian Rector, sophomore, Southern California; Sutton Smith, sophomore, Northern Illinois.
Tackles - Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Da'Ron Payne, junior, Alabama.
Linebackers - Dorian O'Daniel, senior, Clemson; Josh Allen, junior, Kentucky; Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia.
Cornerbacks - Carlton Davis, junior, Auburn; Denzel Ward, junior, Ohio State.
Punter - Michael Dickson, junior, Texas.
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Updated October 17, 2017