On Monday, the Associated Press unveiled its 2023 All-American team with six Alabama players selected, including a nation-high three first-team selections.
All three of Alabama's first-team selections were from the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Dallas Turner and defensive backs Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry were each named to the Associated Press first team. Turner, who had 26 tackles and nine sacks on the year, was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
Offensive tackle JC Latham was the only offensive player from the Crimson Tide to make the All-American team, earning a second-team selection. Freshman defensive back Caleb Downs joined Latham on the second team. Both Latham and Downs earned first-team All-SEC recognition, with Downs being named SEC newcomer of the year.
Alabama kicker Will Reichard, the new NCAA all-time scoring leader, earned a third-team selection after another impressive season. Reichard finished the season hitting 20 out of 23 field goals. Reichard also was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award but lost to Miami (OH) kicker Graham Nicholson.
The Associated Press is among the five entities responsible for determining consensus All-American status, alongside the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and Walter Camp. When a player is chosen by three of these organizations for their first team, they receive consensus honors. Achieving a unanimous selection requires recognition from all five organizations.
Because the Walter Camp Football Foundation did not acknowledge any Alabama player as a first-team All-American, Alabama will not have a unanimous All-American for the first time since 2019.
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