Vols Barnett Named AFCA All-American

WACO, Texas — Tennessee junior defensive end Derek Barnett has been named to the 2016 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Second Team, as announced by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Barnett is the first Vol to earn AFCA All-America honors since Eric Berry was a First Team selection in 2009.
The five organizations that are recognized historically for All-America honors are Sporting News, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association. Barnett has earned All-America honors from all five organizations with First Team recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Associated Press and Second Team accolades from the FWAA, Sporting News and the AFCA.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
Barnett has also earned 2016 First Team All-America honors by USA TODAY Sports, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, ESPN, Pro Football Focus and College Sports Madness.
Barnett is also a 2016 First Team All-Southeastern Conference Coaches selection and a 2016 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference First Team pick.
Barnett is a Top 20 candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He is enjoying the best season of his career and has secured his spot in history as one of the greatest defensive ends in Tennessee, SEC and NCAA football history.
On Nov. 26, Barnett recorded the 32nd sack of his career, tying the late great Reggie White for the most sacks in Tennessee history. On the season, he amassed 50 tackles, a career-high 12.0 sacks, 18.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups, one interception and 12 quarterback hurries. His 12.0 sacks are tied for the sixth-most in the nation and his 18.0 tackles for loss ranks 15th nationally. Barnett’s 32.0 career sacks are the second-most of all active NCAA FBS players and his 51.0 career tackles for loss are tied for the most.
2016 Season Honors
ALL-AMERICA
• Associated Press – First Team
• Walter Camp – First Team
• AFCA – Second Team
• FWAA – Second Team
• Sporting News – Second Team
• CBS Sports – First Team
• Sports Illustrated – First Team
• USA TODAY Sports – First Team
• ESPN
• Pro Football Focus – First Team
• College Sports Madness – First Team
• Phil Steele – Second Team
ALL-SEC
• SEC Coaches – First Team
• AP – First Team
• ESPN
• Athlon – First Team
• Pro Football Focus – First Team
• Phil Steele – First Team

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