The preseason rewards keep coming nonstop for the University of Washington football team, with Athlon Sports placing Jaxson Kirkland, Cade Otton and Trent McDuffie on different units of its All-America team.
The 6-foot-7, 317-pound Kirkland filled one of the offensive-tackle spots on Athlon's second team while Otton and McDuffie earned spots at tight end and cornerback, respectively, on the fourth team.
First published in 1967, Nashville-based Athlon Sports is considered the oldest and leading college football preview magazine.
Kirkland, soon to be a fourth-year starter and one of the leaders of the Huskies, has been a first- or second-team selection on nearly every preseason All-America team so far.
He could be playing in the NFL right now, but opted to return for a fifth UW season to become a first-round draft pick and try to win a Pac-12 championship after COVID-19 denied the Huskies that opportunity last December.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Otton, likewise, could have moved on to the pros but he chose to return for a fourth year as a starter for reasons similar to Kirkland.
Both Otton and Kirkland are returning first-team All-Pac-12 selections and considered juniors with NCAA-permitted added eligibility, but likely will be done with college ball after playing this season.
McDuffie has been a two-year starter, second-team All-Pac-12 choice and is a sophomore in eligibility. Projected as an NFL first-round draft pick, he likely is down to a final UW season.
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