's 2012 Preseason All-America Team'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.
QBMatt Barkley
Sr., USC
Early Heisman favorite threw for 3,500-plus yards, 39 TDs and only seven INTs in 2011.
DEJadeveon Clowney
So., South Carolina
SEC's top freshman posted eight sacks in Year 1 and will now lead the Gamecocks' D.
RBMonteé Ball
Sr., Wisconsin
2011 Heisman finalist was last year's top rusher with 1,923 yards and 33 scores.
DTKawann Short
Sr., Purdue
All-Big Ten choice captains the defense and recorded 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2011.
RBMarcus Lattimore
Jr., South Carolina
A knee injury cost him half of 2011, but the workhorse is ready to be a star again.
DTStar Lotulelei
Sr., Utah
All-Pac 12 first teamer and top lineman returns to anchor the nation's best turnover unit.
WRRobert Woods
Jr., USC
Barkley's favorite target should build on stellar stats: 111 catches, 1,292 yards, 15 TDs.
DESam Montgomery
Jr., LSU
Returning All-America had nine sacks and will pace a D that ranked second in 2011.
WRSammy Watkins
So., Clemson
Suspension will hurt, but posted 82 receptions, 1,219 yards, 12 TDs as a freshman.
LBJarvis Jones
Jr., Georgia
All-America and Butkus finalist tied for second nationally with 13.5 sacks in 2011.
TETyler Eifert
Jr., Notre Dame
ND's top returning receiver (63 catches, 803 yards, 5 TDs) will be key for budding unit.
LBManti Te'o
Sr., Notre Dame
Steady force unexpectedly returned after dazzling with 128 tackles as a junior.
TRicky Wagner
Sr., Wisconsin
Two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention made the Outland Trophy preseason watch list.
LBChase Thomas
Sr., Stanford
All-Pac-12 LB returns to lead the Cardinal D after recording 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
GJonathan Cooper
Sr., North Carolina
The 35-start veteran is on the preseason Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists.
CBJohnthan Banks
Sr., Mississippi State
All-SEC defender is second in program history with 12 picks, three of which became TDs.
CBarrett Jones
Sr., Alabama
Reigning Outland Trophy winner and versatile star will again anchor 'Bama's line.
ST.J. McDonald
Sr., USC
Thorpe Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy candidate recorded 67 tackles and three picks.
GChance Warmack
Sr., Alabama
Two-time national champ has started every game since his sophomore year.
SEric Reid
Jr., LSU
Tied LSU's Tyrann Mathieu for team lead in tackles while creating turnovers.
TLuke Joeckel
Jr., Texas A&M
The 6-6, 310-pound All-Big 12 force should hold up against the SEC's elite D-lines.
CBDavid Amerson
Jr., NC State
All-America set NC State and ACC records with 13 INTs in 2011, second best in FBS history.
KQuinn Sharp
Sr., Oklahoma State
Posted a conversion rate of 88 percent with a long of 46 while also excelling as a punter.
RTyler Lockett
So., Kansas State
Speedy receiver exploded onto the scene as a true freshman, averaging 35.2 yards per return.
PBrad Wing
So., LSU
Average of 44.4 yards per punt with long of 73 as frosh made the Aussie an instant star.
APDe'Anthony Thomas
So., Oregon
Explosive playmaker had an impact as a back, receiver and return man as a freshman.
Second Team
QBGeno Smith, Sr., West Virginia
DLBrandon Jenkins, Sr., Florida State
RBRex Burkhead, Sr., Nebraska
DLAlex Okafor, Sr., Texas
RBKenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon
DLWilliam Gholston, Jr., Michigan State
WRMarquess Wilson, Jr., Washington State
DLJackson Jeffcoat, Jr., Texas
WRMarqise Lee, So., USC
LBArthur Brown, Sr., Kansas State
WRKeenan Allen, Jr., Cal
LBKhaseem Greene, Sr., Rutgers
OLChris Faulk, Jr., LSU
LBShayne Skov, Jr., Stanford
OLTravis Frederick, Jr., Wisconsin
CBJohnny Adams , Sr., Michigan State
OLGabe Ikard, Jr., Oklahoma
STony Jefferson, Jr., Oklahoma
OLOmoregie Uzzi, Sr., Georgia Tech
SJohn Boyett, Sr., Oregon
OLD.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama
CBBrodrick Brown, Sr., Oklahoma State
KCaleb Sturgis, Sr., Florida
RDustin Harris, So., Texas A&M
PRyan Allen, Sr., Louisiana Tech
APTavon Austin, Sr., West Virginia

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