It’s officially unanimous. Roquan Smith is an All-American from Montezuma to Athens to Atlanta to Pasadena and back.
With his first-team selection Wednesday to the American Football Coaches Association All-America teams, Smith has become a unanimous All-American.
Smith led Georgia’s defense all season on and off the field and continued to gain national attention as the Bulldogs won the SEC Championship Game, when he cemented his All-America efforts by totaling 13 tackles, a sack and 2 fumble recoveries in earning the game’s MVP award.
The unanimous All-America selection wraps up an impressive postseason awards and honors haul for Smith, who earned various recognitions ranging from the Butkus Award to SEC Defensive Player of the Year to All-SEC to every All-America team of which you could think.
Smith is constantly all over the field for the Bulldogs defense. In 13 games, he has a team-leading 113 tackles, 10 1/2 for a loss, 5 1/2 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble.
He also finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting, the only defensive player in the top 10, and even scored three first-place votes (although many fans in and around Athens thought he deserved more).
Smith’s next challenge will be against the player who won the Heisman Trophy, Baker Mayfield, who also on Wednesday earned unanimous All-America honors.
Smith and Georgia take on Mayfield and Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl in one College Football Playoff semifinal from Pasadena on New Year’s Day.