2021 College Football Preseason All-Americans: Texas A&M dominate first-team honors

First-team specialists

The SEC takes home both first-team kicker and punter positions entering 2021.

Kicker: Cade York, LSU

Replacing a cult figure like Cole Tracy was always going to be difficult for Cade York. The former three-star kicker endured a brutal 2019 campaign. However, he emerged as one of the best kickers in the nation last season, nailing 100% of his PATs and 85.7% of his field goals. The LSU kicker has one of the strongest legs in the country and has come up clutch for the Tigers.

Punter: Jake Camarda, Georgia

Consistent, accurate, and experienced, Camarda should continue to be at the top of the punting game this college football season. The Georgia punter has A LEG, booming punts over 60 yards in each of his three seasons with the Bulldogs. Furthermore, he averaged 46.6 yards per punt last year while downing 50% of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

Kick Returner: Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers

After transferring from Wisconsin to Rutgers last year, Aron Cruickshank continued his incredible kick-returning form. He earns a first-team college football preseason All-American spot after generating 671 yards, averaging 26.8 yards per return, and taking 2 kicks the distance for scores in 2020.

Punt Returner: Phillip Brooks, Kansas State

Kansas State punt returner Phillip Brooks led the nation in average yards per punt return in 2020. No other player in college football averaged over 20 yards, but Brooks racked up 23.7. The diminutive playmaker took 2 punts to the house while also snagging 2 receiving touchdowns for the Wildcats in 2020.

2021 college football preseason second-team All-Americans

Which players earned second-team college football preseason All-American honors?

Offense

QB: Sam Howell, North Carolina
RB: Bijan Robinson, Texas
RB: Tank Bigsby, Auburn
WR: Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
WR: John Metchie III, Alabama
WR: David Bell, Purdue
TE: Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
OT: Charles Cross, Mississippi State
OG: Jacob Gall, Baylor
OC: Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
OG: Cain Madden, Notre Dame
OT: Sean Rhyan, UCLA
Offensive Flex: Kyren Williams, Notre Dame

Defense

EDGE: Drake Jackson, USC
EDGE: Cade Hall, San Jose State
DT: Haskell Garrett, Ohio State
DT: Dante Stills, West Virginia
LB: Henry To’o To’o, Alabama
LB: Mike Rose, Iowa State
LB: Christian Harris, Alabama
CB: Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
CB: Mykael Wright, Oregon
CB: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU
S: Jordan Battle, Alabama
S: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
Defensive Flex: Trent McDuffie, Washington

Specialists

K: Will Reichard, Alabama
P: Lou Hedley, Miami
KR: Trestan Ebner, Baylor
PR: Derius Davis, TCU

2021 college football preseason third-team All-Americans

Who makes up our college football preseason third-team All-American group?

Offense

QB: Malik Willis, Liberty
RB: Kevin Harris, South Carolina
RB: Sincere McCormick, UTSA
WR: Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
WR: Zay Flowers, Boston College
WR: Calvin Austin III, Memphis
TE: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
OT: Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
OG: Jaxson Kirkland, Washington
OC: Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame
OG: Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
OT: Abraham Lucas, Washington State
Offensive Flex: Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Defense

EDGE: Will Anderson, Alabama
EDGE: Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
DT: Will Choloh, Troy
DT: Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
LB: Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington
LB: Carlton Martial, Troy
LB: Payton Wilgar, BYU
CB: Eli Ricks, LSU
CB: Tiawan Mullen, Indiana
CB: Garrett Williams, Syracuse
S: Rashad Wisdom, UTSA
S: Keith Gallmon, South Alabama
Defensive Flex: Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

Specialists

K: Jake Oldroyd, BYU
P:
Lucas Dean, UTSA
KR:
Chris Smith, Louisiana
PR:
Eric Garror, Louisiana

College football preseason All-Americans, honorable mentions

All of these honorable mention college football preseason All-Americans received at least one vote across our voting panel.

Offense

QB: J.T. Daniels, Georgia; Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina; D’Eriq King, Miami (FL); Dillon Gabriel, UCF; Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati; Carson Strong, Nevada

RB: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota; Zonovan Knight, NC State; Tyler Allgeier, BYU; Ulysses Bentley III, SMU

WR: Marvin Mims, Oklahoma; Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina; Jahan Dotson, Penn State; Jaylon Robinson, UCF; Kayshon Boutte, LSU; Justin Hall, Ball State

TE: Isaac Rex, BYU; Cole Turner, Nevada

OT: Darian Kinnard, Kentucky; Obinna Eze, TCU; Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State; Thayer Munford

OG: Ed Ingram, LSU; Paul Grattan, UCLA; Zion Johnson, Boston College; Andre Harris Jr., Arkansas State

OC: James Empey, BYU; Colin Newell, Iowa State

Offensive Flex: Ainias Smith, Texas A&M; Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Defense

EDGE: Myles Murphy, Clemson; Ochaun Mathis, TCU; Sam Williams, Ole Miss; Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

DT: Jermayne Lole, Arizona State; Jordan Davis, Georgia; C.J. Brewer, Coastal Carolina; Dom Peterson, Nevada

LB: Cam Bright, Pittsburgh; Kadofi Wright, Buffalo; Nate Landman, Colorado; Owen Pappoe, Auburn; Ventrell Miller, Florida; James Skalski, Clemson

CB: Berdale Robins, Nevada; Malachi Moore, Alabama; Josh Jobe, Alabama; Devin Rockette, South Alabama; Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern; Chris Steele, USC

S: Yusuf Corker, Kentucky; Leon O’Neal, Texas A&M; Bralen Trahan, Louisiana; Sterling Weatherford, Miami (OH)

Defensive Flex: Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin; Steven Gilmore, Marshall

K: Cameron Dicker, Texas; B.T Potter, Clemson

P: Michael Turk, Arizona State; Adam Korsak, Rutgers

KR: Trayvon Rudolph, Northern Illinois; D’Shawn Jamison, Texas

PR: Marcus Jones, Houston; Charlie Jones, Iowa

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Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.

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