Preseason All-Americans Who Haven't Shown Up Yet

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIISeptember 26, 2013

Preseason All-Americans Who Haven't Shown Up Yet

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    Preseason rankings and All-American lists can be a great precursor to the season, letting fans know what they might expect from the upcoming college football season.

    The blind polls can also be very inaccurate.

    As with ever year, a number of preseason All-America selections haven't lived up to their billing in the early going.

    One of the best receivers in the nation from last year, Marqise Lee of USC, is off to a slow start thanks to his team's overall offensive struggles. Meanwhile, a number of other players are off to decent starts, but haven't emerged as true All-Americans just yet.

    Finally, some of the nation's best in the preseason have been bit by the injury or suspension bug, which has limited their production thus far.

Marqise Lee: WR, USC

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    Last year's Biletnikoff Award winner, Marqise Lee is not having a Biletnikoff-caliber season so far.

    Through four games, the junior has caught just 23 passes for 293 yards and one touchdown.

    Much of this is due to the abhorrent quarterback play for USC. The Trojans juggled between Max Wittek and Cody Kessler during a rough start to the season and eventually settled on Kessler.

    Together, the two have completed less than 60 percent of their passes for just 654 yards and four touchdowns.

    Lee leads his team in receiving and is much better off than many of his peers, but he is still far off from an All-American season.


Amari Cooper: WR, Alabama

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    After an incredible freshman campaign, Amari Cooper was supposed to be one of the offensive centerpieces for Alabama's title defense. 

    Instead, Cooper has fallen off the table completely. 

    The sophomore had just six receptions for 72 yards and no scores in the Crimson Tide's first two games. He then sat out their third contest with Colorado State with a toe injury.

    If that injury lingers any longer, Cooper won't be on any All-American lists at season's end.

Sammy Watkins: WR, Clemson

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    After an electrifying freshman season, Clemson's Sammy Watkins was tabbed as a versatile receiver with Heisman Trophy potential. 

    However, that didn't come to fruition in 2012, as Watkins was limited by injury and wasn't even his team's leading receiver as a sophomore.

    Still, Watkins was selected by many as a preseason All-American in 2013. 

    Though he has shown some improvement and signs of digging out of his sophomore slump, the junior still hasn't looked like one of the nation's best so far.

    He has just 242 receiving yards and one touchdown through three games, while his presence in the return game has also been limited.

T.J. Yeldon: RB, Alabama

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    After a stellar freshman year as the second-string running back to Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon was expected to breakthrough with a monster performance as a starting sophomore.

    While he has been good so far this year, he hasn't been nearly as dominant as expected.

    A preseason All-American and All-SEC selection, Yeldon is just No. 39 in the country in rushing yards per game and No. 7 in his conference.

    Through the first four weeks, Yeldon has compiled 273 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins: TE, Washington

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    Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had as rough of an offseason as anyone.

    The preseason All-American was suspended for the first game after pleading guilty to drunken driving and also had surgery on a broken pinkie finger. 

    The enormous 6'6", 276-pound-junior made his return in Week 3 against Illinois but has so far caught just eight passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.

    Though he still has time to catch up, he isn't yet on pace to match his All-American sophomore campaign.

Venric Mark: RB/RET, Northwestern

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    The Northwestern offense has looked strong so far in 2013, even despite the absence of Venric Mark.

    The all-purpose star was expected to lead the way in the Wildcats backfield and as a returner on special teams but has missed too much time to make an impact so far this season.

    Mark suffered an injury in Week 1 against California and hasn't returned since. As a result, Mark has just 11 carries for 29 yards, one reception for five yards and hasn't recorded any return statistics.

    On Tuesday, Seth Gruen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Mark is back practicing and may be ready for NU's Oct. 5 Big Ten opener against Ohio State.

Dri Archer: RB/RET, Kent State

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    Similar to Venric Mark, Dri Archer was expected to be one of the best all-purpose players in the country but has been mostly absent since a Week 1 injury.

    Archer sprained his ankle in the Golden Flashes' opener and has made just the one appearance all year. So far, the senior has just three carries for 10 yards, one catch for seven yards and hasn't taken a return.

    On Monday, David Drew of reported that Archer is expected to return in Week 5 against Western Michigan.

    Without Archer, Kent State is just 1-3 on the year, scoring just 13 points per game.