Trevor Lawrence Headlines Preseason AP All-America 1st Team; Tua 2nd Team

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2019

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass in the first half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl semi-final playoff football game against Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
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Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young led the Associated Press' preseason All-America First Team released Tuesday.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia Bulldogs running back D'Andre Swift and Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Julian Okwara were among the second-team selections.

Here's a look at the complete list of choices by the AP:

        

First Team

Offense

QB: Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)

RB: Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), Travis Etienne (Clemson)

WR: Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State)

TE: Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)

AP: Rondale Moore (Purdue)

OT: Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Walker Little (Stanford)

OG: Shane Lemieux (Oregon), Ben Bredeson (Michigan)

C: Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin)

K: Andre Szmyt (Syracuse)

              

Defense

DE: Chase Young (Ohio State), A.J. Epenesa (Iowa)

DT: Derrick Brown (Auburn), Raekwon Davis (Alabama)

LB: Dylan Moses (Alabama), Isaiah Simmons (Clemson), Joe Bachie (Michigan State)

CB: Bryce Hall (Virginia), Paulson Adebo (Stanford)

S: Grant Delpit (LSU), Andre Cisco (Syracuse)

P: Braden Mann (Texas A&M)

             

             

Second Team

Offense

QB: Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)

RB: D'Andre Swift (Georgia), Eno Benjamin (Arizona State)

WR: Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado), Justyn Ross (Clemson)

TE: Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt)

AP: CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)

OT: Trey Adams (Washington), Calvin Throckmorton (Oregon)

OG: Tommy Kraemer (Notre Dame), John Simpson (Clemson)

C: Tim Harris (Washington)

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (Georgia)

              

Defense

DE: Kenneth Willekes (Michigan State), Julian Okwara (Notre Dame)

DT: Leki Fotu (Utah), Marvin Wilson (Florida State)

LB: Paddy Fisher (Northwestern), Evan Weaver (California), Shaquille Quarterman (Miami)

CB: Kristian Fulton (LSU), CJ Henderson (Florida)

S: Alohi Gillman (Notre Dame), Jordan Fuller (Ohio State)

P: James Smith (Cincinnati)

               

Lawrence (+240) and Tagovailoa (+260) are the clear frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy heading into the season, per OddsChecker. No other player has odds better than +1000 (10-1).

The Clemson superstar told Matt Connolly of The State he hung out with his Bama counterpart at the Manning Passing Academy during the offseason:

"We're in similar situations and it's always good and beneficial to talk to guys that are in similar situations and see how they do things and how their life is. We got to talk and it was just cool talking to him. We're going through the same things. And just hearing how he deals with it and some of the cool stuff that he's been able to do, speaking at different things. And kind of how he stays level-headed with all that stuff was really cool."

The Tigers and Tide, who've faced off for the national championship three times in the five years of the current College Football Playoff structure, could be on a collision course once again.

Clemson, college football's defending champion, was No. 1, and Alabama was No. 2 in the AP preseason poll released Monday.

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