Sep 6, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is tackled by Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) after a short gain at Ohio Stadium. Virginia Tech won the game 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Recently, the ACC Coaches’ All-ACC teams were released with Kendall Fuller being on the Coaches’ All-ACC First Team as he was with the ACC media’s All-ACC teams. There is no doubt that Fuller is the best cornerback in the ACC and one of the top 3 or 4 cornerbacks in all of college football. The release of the Coaches’ All-ACC teams yesterday was also a sign that the All-American teams were close to being announced.
USA Today released their All-American teams and Fuller received a spot.
Kendall Fuller has been named to the USA Today All-American Second Team and was the first cornerback listed on the second team. Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson and Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu were the two cornerbacks ahead of him and this trio seems likely to battle to be overall All-Americans.
Fuller was definitely one of college football’s top 3 cornerbacks even if CBS Sports doesn’t agree and even with how Fuller had only 1 interception this season. Fuller was one of those cornerbacks that teams tried to avoid in most games and whenever they did throw it in his direction, it was rare that they would get a completion.
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Fuller shut down just about every receiver he covered this season other than Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd who did have some success when the two faced off at Heinz Field. However, Fuller was able to shut down some very good receivers when he was covering them including Miami’s Phillip Dorsett, East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, and Georgia Tech’s DeAndre Smelter other than one late-game slip.
Statistically speaking, Fuller was very good even if he didn’t put up big interception numbers with 50 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 14 pass breakups. Fuller has been absolutely dominant this season and the stats support even with teams trying to avoid him.
Kendall Fuller absolutely deserves this honor and he will likely be a First or Second Team All-American by the other major All-American lists.