Michigan's Ben Bredeson, MSU's Joe Bachie on AP preseason All-America first team
Michigan senior guard Ben Bredeson and Michigan State senior linebacker Joe Bachie were named to The Associated Press preseason All-America team, unveiled Tuesday.
Bredeson on Monday was named team captain for the second straight season, joining Carlo Kemp and Khaleke Hudson. Bachie helped lead a Michigan State defense that last season ranked No. 1 in the country against the run. He had a team-high 102 tackles to go with 8.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
Michigan State senior defensive end Kenny Willekes was a second-team selection.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines the AP's 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gillman, junior, Notre Dame; Jordan Fuller, senior, Ohio State.
Punter – James Smith, junior, Cincinnati.