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4 Sooners named AP All-American; Kingfisher’s Sternberger named first-team TE; OSU’s Wallace 2nd team | Local Sports

The College Football Payoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two, including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, and No. 3 Notre Dame had one.

The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day.

The playoff teams combined for 17 overall selections on the teams chosen by a panel of AP poll voters and released Monday.

In addition to Murray for the Sooners, wide receiver Marquise Brown also was named to the first-team. Oklahoma guard Dru Samia was named second-team and tackle Cody Ford was third-team.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace was named second-team AP All-American. Oklahoma State plays Missouri Dec. 31 in the Liberty Bowl.

Kingfisher’s Jace Sternberger was named first-team All-American at tight end. Sternberger, a junior, led Texas A&M with 47 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns, all team highs this season. The Aggies play North Carolina State Dec. 31 in the Gator Bowl.

The Tide placed two players on each side of the ball, with Outland Trophy winner Quinnen Williams highlighting the defense. Receiver Jerry Jeudy, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and safety Deionte Thompson also made the first team while Tua Tagovailoa was the second-team quarterback.

Clemson placed defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell on the first team, and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Cornerback Julian Love represented Notre Dame on the first team.

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