Six Schools lead way for CFA Yearbook’s Mid-Major Starting Lineup

USF’s Quinton Flowers

Six schools — Appalachian State, Houston, LA Tech, Memphis, Northern Illinois and Tulsa — landed two players each on the College Football America 2017 Yearbook Mid-Major Starting Lineup, CFA’s version of an All-America team.

The Mid-Major Starting Lineup is made up of players from the Group of 5 conferences, plus independents Army, BYU and UMass.

Senior offensive lineman Colby Gossett and sophomore defensive back Clifton Duck (Appalachian State), senior wide receiver Linell Bonner and sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver (Houston), junior defensive end Jaylon Ferguson and senior kicker Jonathan Barnes (LA Tech) are among the duos that play for the same team on the Mid-Major Starting Lineup. Other teammates in the lineup include senior wide receiver Anthony Miller and sophomore kick returner Tony Pollard (Memphis), junior offensive lineman Max Scharping and senior defensive back Shawun Lurry (Northern Illinois) and senior running back D’Angelo Brewer and junior center Chandler Miller (Tulsa).

There are a total of 21 Mid-Major programs represented on this year’s Starting Lineup.

Oliver, who also played high school football in Houston, was a second-team selection on last year’s American Football Coaches Association All-American team. He had 66 tackles, including 23 for loss, last season as he started all 13 games as a true freshman.

Lurry, a cornerback from West Palm Beach, Fla., is the only returning player from the 2016 CFA Mid-Major Starting Lineup. He broke up 11 passes and had three interceptions in 10 games last season.

Fourteen players are also part of the College Football America Yearbook’s “Dream Team,” its version of a preseason All-America team. Those players include Brewer, Bonner, Miller, Oliver, Duck, Lurry and James along with USF quarterback Quinton Flowers, Southern Miss running back Ito Smith, UMass tight end Adam Breneman, Arkansas State defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin, Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai and Troy defensive back Blace Brown.

The College Football America 2017 Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada over the course of more than 300 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos.

The print edition is available online via and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Additionally, an iBooks version for iPads and iPhones is available through Apple’s iTunes bookstore and the iBooks app. And, new this year, a Kindle version of the book is now available.

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2017 College Football America Starting Lineup


POS Name, School, YR

QB Quinton Flowers, USF SR
RB D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa, SR
WR Ito Smith, Southern Miss, SR
WR Linell Bonner, Houston, SR
WR Anthony Miller, Memphis, SR
TE Adam Breneman, UMass, SR
OL Colby Gossett, Appalachian State, SR
OL Will Hernandez, UTEP, SR
OL Tejan Koroma, BYU, SR
OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois, JR
C Chandler Miller, Tulsa, JR


POS Name, School, YR

DT David Moa, Boise State, JR
DT Ed Oliver, Houston, SO
DE Jaylon Ferguson, LA Tech, JR
DE Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State, SR
LB Shaquem Griffin, UCF, SR
LB Quentin Poling, Ohio, SR
LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii, JR
DB Blace Brown, Troy, JR
DB Clifton Duck, Appalachian State, SO
DB Heath Harding, Miami (OH), SR
DB Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois, SR

Special Teams

POS Name, School, YR

K Jonathan Barnes, LA Tech, SR
P Joe Davidson, Bowling Green, SR
KR Tony Pollard, Memphis, SO
PR Darius Phillips, Western Michigan, SR
AP Richie James, Middle Tennessee, JR



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