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7 Alabama Standouts Named Preseason All-Americans
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Sorry to bring up The Godfather: Part III, but Al Pacino’s famous line sets the tone here perfectly: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

Translation: Just when you thought the Alabama Crimson Tide might be slipping down from the mountaintop, they slap another batch of All-American talent in place and keep right on dominating the college football landscape.

Ahead of the 2020 football season, Sporting News released its list of preseason All-Americans. While anyone can release a list of All-American talent, only five outlets help determine “Consensus All-Americans” every year — Sporting News, The Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).

Alabama’s dynasty spearheaded by head coach Nick Saban led the way with seven players — three on the first team, four on the second team — on Sporting News‘ annual list. The SEC had eight players total named First Team, followed by the Big Ten with four, and Pac-12 and ACC with three apiece among the NCAA’s best.

Sporting News Preseason All-American Teams

First-Team Offense

QB: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Clemson Football Schedule, Trevor Lawrence
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RB: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
RB: Travis Etienne, Clemson
WR: Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama
TE: Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
OL: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
OL: Penei Sewell, Oregon
OL: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
OL: Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
OL: Trey Smith, Tennessee

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First-Team Defense

DL: Gregory Rousseau, Miami

Miami Hurricanes
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DL: Jaylen Twyman, Pitt
DL: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
DL: Marvin Wilson, Florida State
LB: Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
LB: Micah Parsons, Penn State
LB: Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
DB: Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
DB: Shaun Wade, Ohio State
DB: Richard LeCounte, Georgia
DB: Andre Cisco, Syracuse

First-Team Specialists

RET: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

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K: Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
P: Max Duffy, Kentucky

Second-Team Offense

QB: Justin Fields, Ohio State

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RB: Najee Harris, Alabama
RB: Javian Hawkins, Louisville
WR: Rondale Moore, Purdue
WR: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
TE: Brevin Jordan, Miami
OL: Walker Little, Stanford
OL: Sam Cosmi, Texas
OL: Trey Hill, Georgia
OL: Cade Mays, Tennessee
OL: Deonte Brown, Alabama

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Second-Team Defense

DL: Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame

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DL: Quincy Roche, Miami
DL: Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest
DL: Tedarrell Slaton, Florida
LB: Dylan Moses, Alabama
LB: Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
LB: Joe Tryon, Washington
DB: Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
DB: Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State
DB: Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
DB: Paris Ford, Pitt

Second-Team Specialists

RET: Damond Philyaw-Johnson, Duke

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K: Nick Sciba, Wake Forest
P: Trenton Gill, N.C. State

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John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for TheDupes.net and Football.com. A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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