Kyle Hamilton Earns First Team All-America Honors From Lindy's Sports

Notre Dame junior safety Kyle Hamilton was named a preseason All-American by Lindy's Sports
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Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton continues to garner a great deal of preseason hype, and this time it is Lindy's Sports that threw out a major preseason honor. The preseason magazine named Hamilton a preseason first team All-American and also named him the nation's No. 1 non-traditional Heisman Trophy candidate.

Hamilton was also ranked by Lindy's as the No. 1 draft prospect at safety and the No. 1 safety in the country in the positional rankings.

Of course, the preseason hype is justified, as Hamilton was a freshman All-American and had a brilliant sophomore campaign. Hamilton led the Fighting Irish defense with 63 tackles last season to go with 4.5 tackles for loss, six pass break ups and an interception.

A long, instinctive and athletic safety, Hamilton is expected to be a versatile weapon for first-year coordinator Marcus Freeman.

Five Notre Dame opposing players also earned All-American honors. Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner was named a first team selection along with Hamilton. Cincinnati end Myjai Sanders, Purdue end George Karlaftis and USC end Drake Jackson all earned second team honors on defense while North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell earned second team honors on offense.

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