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Clemson QB Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team

By RALPH D. RUSSO
The Associated Press
Posted 8/21/19

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.

There are also two other Tigers on the second team.

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Clemson QB Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team

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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.

There are also two other Tigers on the second team.

Lawrence, the first freshman 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 on Tuesday. Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was a first-team selection on defense.

Lawrence, considered to be the favorite for the Heisman Trophy entering the season, completed 259 of 397 passes for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

Etienne is considered as prime competition for Lawrence in the Heisman race. Etienne rushed for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns on 204 carries.

Simmons led the Clemson defense in total tackles with 97 and in solo stops with 74. He had 9 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback sacks and he broke up seven passes.

Wide receiver Justyn Ross and offensive guard John Simpson are on the second team. Ross had 46 catches for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

Clemson, which is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time in history, and No. 2 Alabama are tied for the most first-team selections with three.

Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, an All-American last season, was selected to the preseason first team, along with defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses.

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.

AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

Ends - Chase Young, junior, Ohio State; A.J. Epenesa, junior, Iowa.

Tackles - Derrick Brown, senior, Auburn; Raekwon Davis, senior, Alabama.

Linebackers - Dylan Moses, junior, Alabama; Isaiah Simmons, junior, Clemson; Joe Bachie, senior, Michigan State.

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.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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.