Clemson QB Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team
By RALPH D. RUSSO
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team.
Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was joined on the first-team offense by Clemson running back Travis Etienne in the list released Tuesday and presented by Regions Bank . Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was a first-team selection on defense. Clemson and No. 2 Alabama tied for the most first-team selections with three.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, was selected to the second team.
Led by Alabama, the Southeastern Conference placed eight players on the first team, one more than the Big Ten.
The AP All-America team is sponsored by Regions Bank this season, the first time the venerable player honor roll that dates to 1925 has ever had a presenting sponsor.
Quarterback - Trevor Lawrence, sophomore, Clemson.
Running back - Jonathan Taylor, junior, Wisconsin; Travis Etienne, junior, Clemson.
Tackles - Andrew Thomas, junior, Georgia; Walker Little, junior, Stanford.
Guards - Shane Lemieux, senior, Oregon; Ben Bredeson, senior, Michigan.
Center - Tyler Biadasz, junior, Wisconsin.
Tight end - Albert Okwuegbunam, junior, Missouri.
Wide receivers - Jerry Jeudy, junior, Alabama; Tylan Wallace, junior, Oklahoma State.
All-purpose player - Rondale Moore, sophomore, Purdue.
Kicker - Andre Szmyt, sophomore, Syracuse.
Ends - Chase Young, junior, Ohio State; A.J. Epenesa, junior, Iowa.
Cornerbacks - Bryce Hall, senior, Virginia; Paulson Adebo, junior, Stanford.
Safeties - Grant Delpit, junior, LSU; Andre Cisco, sophomore, Syracuse.
Punter - Braden Mann, senior, Texas A&M.
Quarterback - Tua Tagovailoa, junior, Alabama.
Running backs - D'Andre Swift, junior, Georgia; Eno Benjamin, junior, Arizona State.
Tackles - Trey Adams, senior, Washington; Calvin Throckmorton, senior, Oregon.
Guards - Tommy Kraemer, senior, Notre Dame; John Simpson, senior, Clemson.
Center - Nick Harris, senior, Washington.
Tight end - Jared Pinkney, senior, Vanderbilt.
Wide receivers - Laviska Shenault Jr., junior, Colorado; Justyn Ross, sophomore, Clemson.
All-purpose player - CeeDee Lamb, junior, Oklahoma.
Kicker - Rodrigo Blankenship, senior, Georgia.
Ends - Kenny Willekes, senior, Michigan State; Julian Okwara, senior, Notre Dame.
Tackles - Leki Fotu, senior, Utah; Marvin Wilson, junior, Florida State.
Linebackers - Paddy Fisher, junior, Northwestern; Evan Weaver, senior, California; Shaquille Quarterman, senior, Miami.
Cornerbacks - Kristian Fulton, senior, LSU; CJ Henderson, junior, Florida.
Safeties - Alohi Gilman, senior, Notre Dame; Jordan Fuller, senior, Ohio State.
Punter - James Smith, junior, Cincinnati.
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Updated August 20, 2019