If you need any further proof that the tide is changing, look no further than the preseason All-American totals by conference. Months after defeating the SEC in the National Championship, the ACC leads the way in All-American nods.
On Tuesday, the Associated Press officially released their list of first and second team honorees prior to the season.
- ACC – 7
- SEC – 5
- Big Ten – 4
- Pac-12 – 4
- Big 12 – 3
- American – 1
- Independent – 1
There aren’t many surprises to be found at the quarterback position for the first team. Everyone has been high on Sam Darnold since reports from the NFL Combine claimed that scouts found themselves watching the USC quarterback rather than the defensive player they were actually scouting. He is named as the first team All-American
Saquon Barkely was a relatively safe bet to get a first team nod, but the second first team slot was a close call. Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb, and Bo Scarbrough all had legitimate claims to the nomination. Guice prevailed, with Chubb and Scarbrough being named to the second team.
See below for a complete list of the players named to the first and second team All-American lists:
Quarterback – Sam Darnold, sophomore, Southern California.
Running backs – Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State; Derrius Guice, junior, LSU.
Tackles – Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Connor Williams, junior, Texas.
Guards – Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Cody O’Connell, senior, Washington State.
Center – Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.
Tight end – Mike Gesicki, junior, Penn State.
Wide receivers – James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Christian Kirk, junior, Texas A&M.
All-purpose player – Quadree Henderson, junior, Pittsburgh.
Kicker – Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.
Ends – Harold Landry, senior, Boston College; Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State.
Tackles – Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Dexter Lawrence, sophomore, Clemson.
Linebackers – Arden Key, junior, LSU; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; Azeem Victor, senior, Washington.
Cornerbacks – Tavarus McFadden, junior, Florida State; Jaire Alexander, junior, Louisville.
Safeties – Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama.
Punter – Mitch Wishnowsky, junior, Utah.
Quarterback – Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.
Running backs – Nick Chubb, senior, Georgia; Bo Scarbrough, junior, Alabama.
Tackles – Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.
Guards – Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.
Center – Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.
Tight end – Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.
Wide receivers – Calvin Ridley, junior, Alabama; Courtland Sutton, junior, SMU.
All-purpose player – Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.
Kicker – Eddy Pineiro, sophomore, Florida.
Ends – Tyquan Lewis, senior, Ohio State; Rashan Gary, sophomore, Michigan.
Tackles – Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson; Vita Vea, junior, Washington.
Linebackers – Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tegray Scales, senior, Indiana; Cameron Smith, junior, Southern California.
Cornerbacks – Duke Dawson, senior, Florida; Iman Marshall, junior, Southern California.
Safeties – Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia; Godwin Igewbuike, senior, Northwestern.
Punter – JK Scott, senior, Alabama.