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Manziel, Clowney top SI.com's 2013 Preseason All-America Team

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South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney tallied 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss during the 2012 season.

The 2013 season is rapidly approaching, meaning it's almost time to turn the page from the offseason and actually focus on games again. It's also time to unveil SI.com's Preseason All-America Team, and there's no shortage of talent to get excited about.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney headline this year's team, while defending champion Alabama leads the way with three first-team selections (running back T.J. Yeldon, linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix). The SEC and Pac-12 each landed eight players on the first team; the Big 12 and Big Ten each landed three.

For more preseason content, check out SI.com's new coach primer, Hot Seat Watch and list of potential BCS sleepers.

2013 Preseason All-America Team
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Johnny Manziel
So., Texas A&M
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner racked up 5,116 yards of total offense during historic 2012.
 
DEJadeveon Clowney
Jr., South Carolina
Coveted NFL draft prospect tallied 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore.
 
 
 
RB T.J. Yeldon
So., Alabama
'Bama back logged a combined 261 rushing yards in last season's SEC and national title games.
 
DT Will Sutton
Sr., Arizona State
Sun Devils' space-eater is a disruptive force at the line of scrimmage.
 
 
 
RB Ka'Deem Carey
Jr., Arizona
Wildcats' star galloped for an FBS-best 1,929 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
 
DE Stephon Tuitt
Jr., Notre Dame
Pass-rushing force leads another stout Notre Dame defense after notching 12 sacks last season.
 
 
 
WR Marqise Lee
Jr., USC
Trojans' do-it-all playmaker has hauled in 25 receiving TDs over the last two seasons.
 
LB Anthony Barr
Sr., UCLA
Running back-turned-linebacker registered 21.5 tackles for loss during breakout 2012.
 
 
 
WRSammy Watkins
Jr., Clemson
Dynamic wideout is the most dangerous weapon in a potent Clemson passing offense.
 
LB Kyle Van Noy
Sr., BYU
Cougars' star compiled 120 tackles last year and dominated in the Poinsettia Bowl.
 
 
 
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Jr., Washington
Top target is already Washington's career leader in receptions (110) and TDs (13) by a tight end.
 
LB Ryan Shazier
Jr., Ohio State
Big Ten's second-leading tackler last fall will look to lead Ohio State to another unbeaten season.
 
 
 
T Jake Matthews
Sr., Texas A&M
Aggies' massive tackle will be responsible for protecting Manziel's blindside.
 
LB C.J. Mosley
Sr., Alabama
Veteran defender is the latest in a long line of great Crimson Tide linebackers.
 
 
 
G David Yankey
Jr., Stanford
The 6-foot-5, 311-pounder anchors a deep and talented Cardinal offensive line.
 
CB Bradley Roby
Jr., Ohio State
Lockdown cornerback amassed 19 passes defended for the Buckeyes in 2012.
 
 
 
C Gabe Ikard
Sr., Oklahoma
First-team All-Big 12 selection in 2012 brings stability to the Sooners' attack.
 
S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Jr., Alabama
Started 10 games and recorded an SEC-best five interceptions during 'Bama's BCS title run.
 
 
 
G Cyril Richardson
Sr., Baylor
Bears' stalwart will create running room for explosive tailback Lache Seastrunk.
 
S Ed Reynolds
Jr., Stanford
Thorpe Award candidate returned three interceptions for touchdowns last season.
 
 
 
T Taylor Lewan
Sr., Michigan
Hulking senior bypassed the NFL draft to return to Ann Arbor as the Big Ten's best tackle.
 
CB Jason Verrett
Sr., TCU
First-team All-Big 12 cornerback reeled in a conference-high six interceptions last year.
 
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Cairo Santos
Sr., Tulane
Looks to cement his legacy as a senior after converting 21-of-21 field goal attempts in 2012.
 
R Marcus Murphy
Jr., Missouri
Explosive junior had four return touchdowns last season, including one against Alabama.
 
 
 
P Kyle Christy
Jr., Florida
Ray Guy Award finalist averaged more than 45 yards per punt as a sophomore.
 
APDe'Anthony Thomas
Jr., Oregon
Ducks' speedster is one of the nation's most versatile threats as a back, receiver and return man.
 
 
Second Team
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville
 
DL Devonte Fields, So., TCU
 
 
RB Lache Seastrunk, Jr., Baylor
 
DL Louis Nix, Sr., Notre Dame
 
 
RB Todd Gurley, So., Georgia
 
DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr., Texas
 
 
WR Amari Cooper, So., Alabama
 
LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford
 
 
WR Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M
 
LB Max Bullough, Sr., Michigan State
 
 
TE Arthur Lynch, Sr., Georgia
 
LB Chris Borland, Sr., Wisconsin
 
 
OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Jr., Alabama
 
LB Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford
 
 
OL Gabe Jackson, Sr., Mississippi State
 
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., Oregon
 
 
OL Hroniss Grasu, Jr., Oregon
 
S Ty Zimmerman, Sr., Kansas State
 
 
OL Spencer Long, Sr., Nebraska
 
S Craig Loston, Sr., LSU
 
 
OL Antonio Richardson, Jr., Tennessee
 
CB Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Jeff Budzien, Sr., Northwestern
 
R Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland
 
 
P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Sr., Iowa State
 
AP Duke Johnson, So., Miami