Iowa State’s Breece Hall, who rushed for nearly 1,600 yards last season, leads four Big 12 players on the first team of the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s Preseason Dream Team.
The Dream Team is the publication’s version of an All-America team. It features 85 players presented in the context of an actual Football Bowl Subdivision program.
Joining Hall on the first team is his Cyclone teammate, linebacker Mike Rose, Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto and Texas cornerback D’Shawn Jamison as a kick returner.
Hall is coming off a 2020 in which he led the Cyclones with 1,572 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. Thanks to that season, he became the first unanimous All-American in Iowa State history. He also earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors, was runner-up for the Doak Walker Award, sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was First Team All-Big 12.
Rose led the Big 12 in total tackles with 96. The Athletic and Phil Steele named Rose a First-Team All-American, and he also earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, making him just the second Cyclone to win the award.
Bonitto helped the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship Game victory over Iowa State. In 2020, he finished with 32 tackles, with 10.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two pass breakups and a team-high 10 quarterback hurries. Pro Football Focus named him a First-Team All-American, while the Associated Press named him a Second-Team All-American.
Jamison was one of the top special teams players in the Big 12 in 2020, as he set a UT single season record with a 31.7 yards-per-return average on kickoffs. His 564 kickoff return yards rank as the third-most in a season in Texas history. As a cornerback, Jamison logged 31 tackles (25 solo) and broke up six passes.
Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar made the publication’s second team. Kolar led all Big 12 tight ends with 44 receptions, 591 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He was First-Team All-Big 12 and named a Second-Team All-American by Walter Camp and the American Football Coaches Association.
Iowa State center Colin Newell and Oklahoma defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas are part of the reserves. In addition, wide receiver Mario Williams (Oklahoma), defensive end Clayton Smith (Oklahoma), safety JD Coffey (Texas) and Ja’Tavion Sanders (Texas) made the Class of 2021 Freshmen.
The 2021 College Football America Yearbookfeatures seven pages of Big 12 content, including an overall preview of the conference race, a spotlight piece on Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium, the Big 12 Starting Lineup, all Big 12 schedules and a half-page devoted to each program.
The 2021 College Football America Yearbookalso features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.
The yearbook is edited by HeartlandCollegeSports.com contributor Matthew Postins.
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