The Associated Press released their 2020 All-American teams on Monday morning and for the first time since the 2015 season it has some Tar Heels flavor. Although the team did not land anyone on the first team, three players were honored between the second and third teams, the most honorees the Tar Heels have landed on postseason All-American teams since 2012.
Javonte Williams finally received some just recognition for his outstanding junior, as despite missing out on first team All-ACC honors, he was able to take home second team All-American honors. Williams finished top ten in the country in rushing yards, yards from scrimmage and was tied for second nationally in both rushing and scrimmage touchdowns. He was also top five in the country amongst running backs with over 100 carries with a 7.3 yards per carry average and has broken the most tackles and the most tackles per attempt of anyone in the nation since 2014 according to Pro Football Focus.
Both Michael Carter and Dyami Brown take home third team honors after big 2020 seasons of their own. Carter led the ACC in both rushing yards (1,245) and scrimmage yards (1,512) this season and both numbers are top five in the country this season. He finished the season with eleven total touchdowns, nine of which came on the ground. Brown was the leader in the ACC in receiving yards (1,099) and yards per catch (20.3), both of which rank sixth or higher nationally among players with 25 or more receptions this season. He also finished as one of the ACC’s leaders in receiving touchdowns again this season with eight.
The Tar Heels put together arguably their best offensive season in program history and this might just cap that argument. It’s also great to see that Javonte Williams finally gets some of the national recognition that he deserved after a fantastic performance this season.