August 09, 2012
SI.com's 2012 Preseason All-America Team
Note: Our original list featured Tyrann Mathieu as the first-team cornerback and return man. He has since been dismissed by LSU and replaced here by Johnthan Banks on defense and Tyler Lockett on special teams.
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Matt Barkley
Sr., USC
Early Heisman favorite threw for 3,500-plus yards, 39 TDs and only seven INTs in 2011.
 
DE Jadeveon Clowney
So., South Carolina
SEC's top freshman posted eight sacks in Year 1 and will now lead the Gamecocks' D.
 
 
 
RB Monteé Ball
Sr., Wisconsin
2011 Heisman finalist was last year's top rusher with 1,923 yards and 33 scores.
 
DT Kawann Short
Sr., Purdue
All-Big Ten choice captains the defense and recorded 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2011.
 
 
 
RB Marcus Lattimore
Jr., South Carolina
A knee injury cost him half of 2011, but the workhorse is ready to be a star again.
 
DT Star Lotulelei
Sr., Utah
All-Pac 12 first teamer and top lineman returns to anchor the nation's best turnover unit.
 
 
 
WR Robert Woods
Jr., USC
Barkley's favorite target should build on stellar stats: 111 catches, 1,292 yards, 15 TDs.
 
DE Sam Montgomery
Jr., LSU
Returning All-America had nine sacks and will pace a D that ranked second in 2011.
 
 
 
WR Sammy Watkins
So., Clemson
Suspension will hurt, but posted 82 receptions, 1,219 yards, 12 TDs as a freshman.
 
LB Jarvis Jones
Jr., Georgia
All-America and Butkus finalist tied for second nationally with 13.5 sacks in 2011.
 
 
 
TE Tyler Eifert
Jr., Notre Dame
ND's top returning receiver (63 catches, 803 yards, 5 TDs) will be key for budding unit.
 
LB Manti Te'o
Sr., Notre Dame
Steady force unexpectedly returned after dazzling with 128 tackles as a junior.
 
 
 
T Ricky Wagner
Sr., Wisconsin
Two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention made the Outland Trophy preseason watch list.
 
LB Chase Thomas
Sr., Stanford
All-Pac-12 LB returns to lead the Cardinal D after recording 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
 
 
 
G Jonathan Cooper
Sr., North Carolina
The 35-start veteran is on the preseason Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists.
 
CB Johnthan Banks
Sr., Mississippi State
All-SEC defender is second in program history with 12 picks, three of which became TDs.
 
 
 
C Barrett Jones
Sr., Alabama
Reigning Outland Trophy winner and versatile star will again anchor 'Bama's line.
 
S T.J. McDonald
Sr., USC
Thorpe Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy candidate recorded 67 tackles and three picks.
 
 
 
G Chance Warmack
Sr., Alabama
Two-time national champ has started every game since his sophomore year.
 
S Eric Reid
Jr., LSU
Tied LSU's Tyrann Mathieu for team lead in tackles while creating turnovers.
 
 
 
T Luke Joeckel
Jr., Texas A&M
The 6-6, 310-pound All-Big 12 force should hold up against the SEC's elite D-lines.
 
CB David Amerson
Jr., NC State
All-America set NC State and ACC records with 13 INTs in 2011, second best in FBS history.
 
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Quinn Sharp
Sr., Oklahoma State
Posted a conversion rate of 88 percent with a long of 46 while also excelling as a punter.
 
R Tyler Lockett
So., Kansas State
Speedy receiver exploded onto the scene as a true freshman, averaging 35.2 yards per return.
 
 
 
P Brad Wing
So., LSU
Average of 44.4 yards per punt with long of 73 as frosh made the Aussie an instant star.
 
AP De'Anthony Thomas
So., Oregon
Explosive playmaker had an impact as a back, receiver and return man as a freshman.
 
 
Second Team
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Geno Smith, Sr., West Virginia
 
DL Brandon Jenkins, Sr., Florida State
 
 
RB Rex Burkhead, Sr., Nebraska
 
DL Alex Okafor, Sr., Texas
 
 
RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon
 
DL William Gholston, Jr., Michigan State
 
 
WR Marquess Wilson, Jr., Washington State
 
DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Jr., Texas
 
 
WR Marqise Lee, So., USC
 
LB Arthur Brown, Sr., Kansas State
 
 
WR Keenan Allen, Jr., Cal
 
LB Khaseem Greene, Sr., Rutgers
 
 
OL Chris Faulk, Jr., LSU
 
LB Shayne Skov, Jr., Stanford
 
 
OL Travis Frederick, Jr., Wisconsin
 
CB Johnny Adams , Sr., Michigan State
 
 
OL Gabe Ikard, Jr., Oklahoma
 
S Tony Jefferson, Jr., Oklahoma
 
 
OL Omoregie Uzzi, Sr., Georgia Tech
 
S John Boyett, Sr., Oregon
 
 
OL D.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama
 
CB Brodrick Brown, Sr., Oklahoma State
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Caleb Sturgis, Sr., Florida
 
R Dustin Harris, So., Texas A&M
 
 
P Ryan Allen, Sr., Louisiana Tech
 
AP Tavon Austin, Sr., West Virginia
 

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