We’re nearly one full month into in the 2016 college football season and Pro Football Focus has put together its roster for an early All-American team.

As Steve Palazzolo writes, it can be difficult to sort out the top players without accounting for their opponents, and September typically presents varying levels of competition for most programs throughout the country. That said, it does present us with a good look at early breakout candidates.

In total, the Big Ten lands seven players on the team:


QB: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

RB: Curtis Samuel, Ohio State

FB: Khalid Hill, Michigan

WR: Chad Hansen, Cal; Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse

Slot WR: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

TE: Evan Engram, Ole Miss

OT: Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin; Connor Williams, Texas

OG: Lamont Gaillard, Georgia; Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

C: Austin Schlottmann, TCU


DE: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M; Arden Key, LSU

DT: Jonathan Allen, Alabama; Jake Replogle, Purdue

LB: Reuben Foster, Alabama; Jabrill Peppers, Michigan; Junior Joseph, UConn

CB: Howard Wilson, Houston; Chris Jones, Nebraska

Slot CB: Mike Tyson, Cincinnati

Safety: Marcus Williams, Utah; Nate Gerry, Nebraska

Special Teams

PK: Zane Gonzales, Arizona State

P: Austin Rehkow, Idaho

Return: Quandree Henderson, Pittsburgh