Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent Teams announced

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Fifteen members of the BYU football team were named to Phil Steele's Postseason All-Independent first and second teams announced Tuesday.

Six offensive players, seven defensive and two special teams players were recognized. BYU had nine players make the first team and six earned second team honors. Notre Dame led with 19 total selections to BYU's 15, followed by 10 apiece from Army and Navy.

The Cougars tied with Notre Dame with five players each selected to the first team defense. BYU leads the independents and is No. 3 nationally in total defense, allowing 266.3 yards per game. The Fighting Irish are No. 6, allowing 286.8 yards.

Defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah, linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Brandon Ogletree, along with defensive backs Daniel Sorensen and Jordan Johnson pulled in first team defensive accolades. Defensive back Preston Hadley and defensive lineman Romney Fuga made the second team.

Wide receiver Cody Hoffman and offensive lineman Braden Hansen represented BYU on the first team offense with freshman running back Jamaal Williams, tight end Kaneakua Friel, wide receiver Ross Apo and offensive lineman Braden Brown on the second team.

On special teams, punter Riley Stephenson and returner JD Falslev earned a place on the first team. Stephenson is tops among independents and No. 2 in the nation with a 47.3-yard punt average. Falslev has a 9.6-yard return average and has a season-best return of 42 yards.

Phil Steele First Team
OFFENSE
QB Everett Golson Notre Dame
RB Raymond Maples Army
RB Theo Riddick Notre Dame
WR DaVaris Daniels Notre Dame
WR Cody Hoffman BYU
WR TJ Jones Notre Dame
TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame
OL Braxton Cave Notre Dame
OL Chris Watt Notre Dame
OL Braden Hansen BYU
OL Frank Allen Army
OL Zack Martin Notre Dame
     
DEFENSE
DL Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame
DL Louis Nix Notre Dame
DL Ezekiel Ansah BYU
LB Manti Te'o Notre Dame
LB Geoffrey Bacon Army
LB Kyle Van Noy BYU
LB Brandon Ogletree BYU
DB Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
DB Zeke Motta Notre Dame
DB Daniel Sorensen BYU
DB Jordan Johnson BYU
     
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Kyle Brindza Notre Dame
P Riley Stephenson BYU
KR Marcus Thomas Navy
PR JD Falslev BYU
Phil Steele Second Team
OFFENSE
QB Keenan Reynolds Navy
(QB) Trent Steelman Army
RB Jamaal Williams BYU
(RB) Cierre Wood Notre Dame
WR Brandon Turner Navy
WR Ross Apo BYU
TE Kaneakua Friel BYU
OL Steve Shumaker Army
OL Mike Golic Notre Dame
OL Michael Kime Army
OL Braden Brown BYU
OL Josh Cabral Navy
     
DEFENSE
DL Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame
DL Robert Kough Army
DL Romney Fuga BYU
LB Prince Shembo Notre Dame
LB Nate Combs Army
LB Matt Warrick Navy
LB Keegan Wetzel Navy
DB Preston Hadley BYU
DB KeiVarae Russell Notre Dame
DB Tra'ves Busg Navy
DB Alex Meier Army
     
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Nick Sloan Navy
P Pablo Beltran Navy
KR Stephen Fraser Army
PR Shawn Lynch Navy