First Coast All-FBS football: Northeast Florida's best in 2020-21

Clayton Freeman
Florida Times-Union
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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10), from Bolles, led the Crimson Tide to the national championship.

In a year of coronavirus concerns and disrupted schedules, the 2020 college football fall season finally wrapped up, with moments to remember for athletes from across the First Coast.

This year, 184 athletes from area high schools spent time on a Football Bowl Subdivision roster at some point during the 2020 season, including a pair of national champions: Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (Bolles) and cornerback Jahquez Robinson (Sandalwood).

Calculating the number of locals in the FBS is more complicated in 2020, because players had the choice to opt out of the season because of COVID-19. In some cases, players who opted out remained officially listed on their schools' rosters, while others were not. In other cases, like Suwannee's Steven Anderson at Southern Miss, players opted out and entered the transfer portal during the off-season and were never on a roster during the playing season.

The 184 area players represents a slight decrease from the 190 recorded during the 2019 season.

The ACC and Conference USA each included 29 players from area schools, followed by the American Athletic (27), SEC (25) and Sun Belt (23).

Sandalwood, with 23 locals on FBS rosters, led all Northeast Florida schools, followed by Trinity Christian (19), Bartram Trail (14), Bolles (11) and Raines (eight).

The Times-Union's Clayton Freeman assembled the ninth annual All-First Coast All-FBS team.


Pos.;Player;Class (* redshirt);Local tie;College;Note

QB Mac Jones, Jr.*, Bolles, Alabama; led Tide to national title, completing 311 of 402 passes (77%) for school-record 4,500 yards, with 41 TDs and four interceptions.

UCF running back Otis Anderson (2) tries to break away from Cincinnati's Darrian Beavers during a November game.

RB Otis Anderson, Sr., University Christian, UCF; 125 rushes for 687 yards and four TDs; second-team All-AAC.

RB Teon Dollard, Jr., Columbia, Akron; made 112 carries for 666 yards, 6 TDs; first-team All-MAC.

WR Xavier Hutchinson, Jr., Bartram Trail, Iowa St.; caught 64 passes for 771 yards, four touchdowns in 12 games; Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

Iowa State's Xavier Hutchinson (8) breaks a tackle from Oregon's Noah Sewell (1) during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl. The former Bartram Trail receiver was named the Big 12's newcomer of the year.

WR D.J. Stubbs, Sr., University Christian, Liberty; leading Flames receiver caught 38 passes for 523 yards, three TDs.

TE Will Mallory, Jr., Providence, Miami; caught 22 passes for 329 yards, four TDs.

OL Cooper Hodges, So., Baker County, Appalachian St.; played in 11 games at tackle; second-team All-Sun Belt.

OL Demetris Harris, Jr., Lee, USF; started six games at left guard.

OL Brad Cecil, Jr., Bartram Trail, USF; started seven games as Bulls' center.

OL Je'Vionte' Nash, Sr.*, Oakleaf, Wake Forest; won starting right tackle spot and played all nine games.

OL Warren McClendon, Fr.*, Brunswick, Georgia; played in 10 games and won starting job at right tackle in October; named to Freshman All-America team.

Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims (10) looks to pass during a game against UCF. The former Sandalwood quarterback won the Yellow Jackets' starting job as a freshman.

ATH Jeff Sims, Fr., Sandalwood, Georgia Tech; completed 141 of 257 passes for 1,881 yards, with 13 TDs and 13 INTs; plus 492 rushing yards, six TDs.

K Jack Podlesny, So.*, Glynn Academy, Georgia; converted 13 of 16 field goals in 10 games, including game-winning kick in the Peach Bowl.

KR Demario Douglas, Fr.*, Mandarin, Liberty; 32 catches for 363 yards, three touchdowns, plus 166 punt return yards and a score; freshman All-American.


DL JaQuan Bailey, Sr.*, Raines, Iowa St.; 38 tackles (13 for loss), seven sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries; first-team All-Big 12 selection heading to NFL Draft.

DL Jaylen Joyner, So.*, Ribault/Orlando Jones, FAU; Pass rusher got 40 tackles (seven and a half for loss) with six sacks and a forced fumble in nine games; honorable mention All-Conference USA.

Cincinnati defensive end Myjai Sanders (21) pumps up the team and the fans in the third quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Georgia.

DL Myjai Sanders, Jr., Camden County, Cincinnati; Led Bearcats with 10.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks; compiled 31 tackles and five pass breakups in first-team All-AAC season.

LB Jordan Strachan, Jr.*, Camden County, Georgia St.; 10.5 sacks, plus 41 tackles (14 for loss); forced three fumbles and recovered two; third-team All-Sun Belt.

LB Ernest Jones, Jr., Ware County, South Carolina; Gamecocks' leading tackler recorded 86 tackles, five for loss, with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery; declared for NFL Draft.

LB Tyler Murray, Jr.*, Baldwin, Charlotte; led 49ers with 49 tackles in six games, plus two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery; honorable mention All-Conference USA.

Florida Atlantic linebacker Ahman Ross (5) watches the quarterback during a 38-19 win over Florida International.

LB Ahman Ross, Jr.*, Bolles, FAU; forced two fumbles, broke up three passes and made 58 tackles (five and a half for loss) in nine games; honorable mention All-Conference USA.

DB Shaun Wade, Sr., Trinity Christian, Ohio St.; made two interceptions, 35 tackles in eight games during Buckeyes' run to national title game; Big Ten defensive back of the year, named All-American corner.

Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs an interception back against Indiana in November. The Trinity Christian graduate won All-American recognition.

DB Chamarri Conner, Jr., Trinity Christian, Virginia Tech; 81 tackles, plus two interceptions, four pass breakups and four quarterback hits; honorable mention All-ACC.

DB Jordan Helm, Sr.*, Bartram Trail, FAU; made 51 tackles and an interception in eight games; honorable mention All-Conference USA.

DB Deontai Williams, Sr., Trinity Christian, Nebraska; 51 tackles (four for loss) in eight games, four pass breakups and a forced fumble; honorable mention All-Big Ten.

ATH Devon Matthews, Jr., Ribault, Indiana; Recorded 40 tackles, an interception and six pass breakups in eight games; third-team All-Big Ten.

PR Kenny Logan Jr., So., Menendez, Kansas; honorable mention All-Big 12 with 58 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a 100-yard TD return.

P Jacob Finn, Sr.*, Paxon, Florida; averaged 46.3 yards with 14 punts inside the 20 over 12 games.

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