Notre Dame All American Football Players

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Notre dame all American football players: The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has released its 2022 All-America teams and five Fighting Irish student-athletes earned accolades, including first-team selections for junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey and senior long snapper Michael Vinson. Junior tight end Michael Mayer, senior guard Jarrett Patterson, and sophomore left tackle Joe Alt also earned second-team honors.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions.

Isaiah Foskey

  • 2022 AFCA First-Team All-American
  • 2022 Walter Camp First-Team All-American
  • 2022 The Sporting News Second-Team All-American
  • 2022 Associated Press Second-Team All-American
  • 2022 FWAA Second-Team All-American

Foskey piled up 11 sacks for the second consecutive season from his defensive end position and broke the Notre Dame career sack record in 2022. The Antioch, California, has posted 26.5 sacks in his career, besting the school record that stood since 2004. His 11 sacks tied for fourth in FBS this year and he led the Irish with 14 tackles for loss and six quarterback hurries.

Notre dame all American football players

One of the most consistent defenders on the team, Foskey logged at least three tackles in 10 of Notre Dame’s 12 games this season including five at North Carolina (with 1.5 sacks and two hurries) and another five at No. 5/5 Southern Cal with 1.5 sacks.


  • 2022 AFCA First-Team All-American

The American Football Coaches Association is the only organization to include the long snapper position in its All-America team and the 2022 team marks the position’s debut. Irish senior Michael Vinson has earned the first-ever first-team All-America accolade from the AFCA as a long snapper.

A Patrick Mannelly Award semifinalist, Vinson worked a clean slate in 2022 as the snapper for Notre Dame’s punt and field goal operation. He helped the Irish rank 25th nationally in net punting (40.82) while assisting the field goal operation to finish the regular season 13-for-18, 7-for-8 inside of 40 yards, and a perfect 43-for-43 in point-after-touchdown kicks.

Joe Alt

  • 2022 Associated Press First-Team All-American
  • 2022 AFCA Second-Team All-American
  • 2002 The Sporting News Second-Team All-American
  • 2022 FWAA Second-Team All-American
  • 2022 Walter Camp Second-Team All-American

Alt has quickly developed into one of the top left tackles in the nation after assuming the position in Notre Dame’s lineup midway through the 2021 season. He anchored an Irish line this season that opened the way for six 200-yard rushing performances, including over 250 yards against No. 5/5 Clemson.

The North Oaks, Minnesota, native is the top-ranked run block offensive tackle in the country according to Pro Football Focus and the second-ranked overall tackle in FBS. Of his 370 pass block sets this season, Alt allowed just five pressures and zero sacks.

Michael Mayer

  • 2022 The Sporting News First-Team All-American
  • 2022 Associated Press First-Team All-American
  • 2022 Walter Camp First-Team All-American
  • 2022 AFCA Second-Team All-American
  • 2022 Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Second-Team All-American

Mayer led all FBS tight ends in touchdown receptions in 2022 while posting a team-high 67 receptions for 809 yards. The Independence, Kentucky, native finished his career at Notre Dame as the greatest statistical tight end in school history, setting program tight end marks for receptions (180), yards (2,099), and touchdown receptions (18) while also owning the single-season tight end records for receptions (71 in 2021), yards (840 in 2021) and touchdowns (9 in 2022).

Among Mayer’s noteworthy games in 2022 was an 11-catch, 118-yard, two-touchdown performance against No. 16/16 BYU in Las Vegas, a game in which he established a tight end record for receptions in a game. He piled up six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown against UNLV, seven catches for 88 yards and a score at North Carolina, four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown against No. 5/5 Clemson, and eight catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns at No. 5/5 Southern Cal.

Mayer, who has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, led all active FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and yards (2,099). He also finished his career third on Notre Dame’s all-time receptions list while becoming the 13th Irish player to amass 2,000 receiving yards in a career. Mayer ended his time at Notre Dame on a 36-game streak of games with at least one reception which represented every game he suited up in the blue and gold.

Jarrett Patterson

  • 2022 AFCA Second-Team All-American

One of the top centers in college football throughout his first three active seasons at Notre Dame, Patterson made the switch to left guard this season and helped the Irish offense post six 200-yard rushing performances. The Laguna Hills, California, native served as a team captain in 2022 and returned from a preseason injury to start the last 11 games of the season.

Patterson has performed 1,652 pass block sets in his career without allowing a single sack and only allowed seven pressures all season from his left guard position.

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