ESPN just released their 2017 Mid-Season College Football All-American Team and lo and behold, Jaylen Samuels and Bradley Chubb made the cut.
Honestly, it’s about time these two started to get more national attention. They’ve been ACC household names for a while now, but team success goes a long way in getting those names on a national stage.
With the big win over Louisville on a Thursday, on ESPN, when all the talking heads and scouts were watching, these two guys put on a show. Seeing them live certainly made people look a little deeper into what type of season they’ve been having, and thus you have them now sitting on a national list. It’s just how these things go.
Here is what ESPN had to say about them.
While Samuels’ position is a bit hazy — he’s classified as an H-back — his inclusion on this list shouldn’t be. The nation’s only player with at least 15 career rushing touchdowns and at least 15 career receiving touchdowns has scored at least one way in all six games (and in both ways against Florida State). He has a reception in 34 consecutive games and has at least five receptions in every game, to go along with three games of five or more rushes.
No FBS defender has caused more backfield havoc than Chubb, who leads the FBS with 14 tackles for loss through the first six games. Anchoring one of the nation’s top defensive lines, Chubb has surged in ACC play, collecting five sacks in the first three games. He shined against Florida State, stifling two Seminoles drives near the end of the first half. Opponents knew Chubb could hurt them entering the season, but no one has been able to stop No. 9.
Congrats to two big-time players who have been the catalysts for this NC State football resurgence.