TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick continued to rack up the honors on Monday morning. Fitzpatrick was one of three Crimson Tide players named to the AP All-America teams.
Fitzpatrick nabbed first-team honors while Alabama center Bradley Bozeman and left tackle Jonah Williams made the second and third teams, respectively.
Fitzpatrick has cleaned up during this awards season. He took home the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back as well as the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player.
He is the second Tide player to receive both awards. Jonathan Allen was the 2016 Bednarik honoree while Antonio Langham received the Thorpe in 1993.
Regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the nation, Fitzpatrick is the Tide’s fifth-leading tackler with 52 stops this season and has added 6 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 7 pass breakups, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble and a blocked kick through 12 games in 2017.
Fitzpatrick had already picked up a pair of All-America honors as he earned first-team recognition on both the Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated teams. Later Monday, he scored recognition on USA Today’s first-team All-America defense.
Alabama football earned the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff. It will be the Crimson Tide’s fourth appearance in the playoff’s four-year history. Alabama will face No. 1 Clemson on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal. No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl semifinal.