The 2016 College Football All-America Team includes those players of American college football who have been honored by various selector organizations as the best players at their respective positions. The selector organizations award the "All-America" honor annually following the conclusion of the fall college football season. The original All-America team was the 1889 College Football All-America Team selected by Caspar Whitney and Walter Camp. In 1950, the National Collegiate Athletic Bureau, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) service bureau, compiled the first list of All-Americans including first-team selections on teams created for a national audience that received national circulation with the intent of recognizing selections made from viewpoints that were nationwide. Since 1957, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the NCAA as well as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics athletes, covering all NCAA championship sports.
The 2016 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams chosen by the following selector organizations: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), USA Today (USAT) ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN), Scout.com, Athlon Sports, and Fox Sports (FOX).
Currently, the NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men's basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. Players are chosen against other players playing at their position only. To be selected a consensus All-American, players must be chosen to the first team on at least two of the five official selectors as recognized by the NCAA. Second- and third-team honors are used to break ties. Players named first-team to all five selectors are deemed unanimous All-Americans. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine consensus and unanimous All-Americans.
|Dalvin Cook*||Running back||Junior||Florida State|
|D'Onta Foreman||Running back||Junior||Texas|
|Corey Davis||Wide receiver||Senior||Western Michigan|
|Dede Westbrook*||Wide receiver||Senior||Oklahoma|
|Jake Butt||Tight end||Senior||Michigan|
|Cody O'Connell*||Offensive tackle||Junior||Washington State|
|Ryan Ramczyk||Offensive tackle||Junior||Wisconsin|
|Cam Robinson*||Offensive tackle||Junior||Alabama|
|Connor Williams||Offensive tackle||Sophomore||Texas|
|Pat Elflein*||Center||Senior||Ohio State|
|Jonathan Allen*||Defensive end||Senior||Alabama|
|Derek Barnett||Defensive end||Junior||Tennessee|
|Myles Garrett*||Defensive end||Junior||Texas A&M|
|DeMarcus Walker||Defensive end||Senior||Florida State|
|Malik Hooker*||Safety||Sophomore||Ohio State|
|Zane Gonzalez*||Kicker||Senior||Arizona State|