Jun 5, 2013

Yahoo! Sports | Phil Steele, author of preseason college football bible, releases All-America team

Tyler listed as 4th team preseason All-American. See the full story for for the full All-American list.

By  | Dr. Saturday – 3 hours ago

Phil Steele's annual college football preview has become the go-to book for serious college football fans, and the unveiling of his All-America team is a sign the season is getting closer.
Steele's All-America team doesn't produce a whole lot of surprises, which is fine. Perhaps one could argue
why De'Anthony Thomas is ahead of Ka'Deem Carey or Todd Gurley at running back, or why Cyrus Kouandijo couldn't break into the top two tackles, but as one would imagine he made good selections all around.
Alabama had eight players on Steele's four teams, including four on the first team, which isn't too shocking either for the obvious preseason No. 1. It was a little surprising to see two Western Kentucky players make the list, and congratulations to them. A few other quick thoughts:
• Quarterback is really deep when Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Clemson's Tajh Boyd can't crack the top four. But it's hard to argue with the four on Steele's list, though we'd have Teddy Bridgewaterhigher.
• Baylor's Lache Seastrunk will finish higher than third team if he stays healthy.
• It's hard to classify Thomas. He had nine games with seven or fewer carries last season, so it's odd to see him at running back ahead of Carey and Todd Gurley. But he's undeniably a great player and a difference maker, so it's hard to argue him being on the first team somewhere.
• Little surprised that Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla didn't make the cut.
• Like quarterback, offensive tackle is really deep when Zack Martin of Notre Dame is on the third team.
• With two Notre Dame defensive linemen making up half of the first-team line, perhaps we understated how great that line was. That's a big reason Manti Te'o got all those tackles.
• Interesting to see TCU's Jason Verrett make the first-team at cornerback over Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin, who would have been a safe choice.
Here's are all four of Steele's preseason All-America teams:
1st Team2nd Team3rd Team4th Team
QBJohnny Manziel, Texas A&MBraxton Miller, Ohio StateA.J. McCarron, AlabamaTeddy Bridgewater, Louisville
RBT.J. Yeldon, AlabamaTodd Gurley, GeorgiaLache Seastrunk, BaylorSilas Redd, USC
RBDe’Anthony Thomas, OregonKa’Deem Carey, ArizonaDuke Johnson, MiamiDamien Williams, Oklahoma
WRMarqise Lee, USCJordan Matthews, VanderbiltAllen Robinson, Penn StateJared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
WRSammy Watkins, ClemsonCody Hoffman, BYUBrandin Cooks, Oregon StateTracy Moore, Oklahoma State
WRAmari Cooper, AlabamaMike Evans, Texas A&MStefon Diggs, MarylandDavante Adams, Fresno State
TEAustin Seferian-Jenkins, WashingtonArthur Lynch, GeorgiaJacob Pedersen, WisconsinEric Ebron, North Carolina
CB.J. Finney, Kansas StateGabe Ikard, OklahomaHroniss Grasu, OregonTyler Larsen, Utah State
GDavid Yankey, StanfordGabe Jackson, Mississippi St.Andrew Norwell, Ohio StateAnthony Steen, Alabama
GCyril Richardson, BaylorSpencer Long, NebraskaXavier Su’a-Filo, UCLATre’ Jackson, Florida State
TTaylor Lewan, MichiganCyrus Kouandijo, AlabamaZack Martin, Notre DameMorgan Moses, Virginia
TJake Matthews, Texas A&MAntonio Richardson, TennesseeJames Hurst, North CarolinaJack Mewhort, Ohio State
1st Team2nd Team3rd Team4th Team
DEJadeveon Clowney, South CarolinaJackson Jeffcoat, TexasScott Crichton, Oregon StateAaron Lynch, USF
DTWill Sutton, Arizona StateAnthony Johnson, LSUAaron Donald, PittsburghDaniel McCullers, Tennessee
DTLouis Nix, Notre DameTimmy Jernigan, Florida StateDominique Easley, FloridaRoosevelt Nix, Kent State
DEStephon Tuitt, Notre DameDevonte Fields, TCUMorgan Breslin, USCDemarcus Lawrence, Boise State
LBAnthony Barr, UCLAChris Borland, WisconsinShayne Skov, StanfordDenzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LBC.J. Mosley, AlabamaTrent Murphy, StanfordA.J. Johnson, TennesseeHayes Pullard, USC
LBKyle Van Noy, BYUMax Bullough, Michigan StateKhalil Mack, BuffaloAndrew Jackson, W. Kentucky
LBRyan Shazier, Ohio StateAdrian Hubbard, AlabamaChristian Jones, Florida StateYawin Smallwood, Connecticut
CBBradley Roby, Ohio StateAaron Colvin, OklahomaDarqueze Dennard, Michigan StateLoucheiz Purifoy, Florida
CBJason Verrett, TCUIfo Ekpre-Olomu, OregonQuandre Diggs, TexasAntone Exum, Virginia Tech
SEd Reynolds, StanfordTy Zimmerman, Kansas StateHakeem Smith, LouisvilleMarco Nelson, Tulsa
SHa-Ha Clinton-Dix, AlabamaLamarcus Joyner, Florida St.Craig Loston, LSUJordan Richards, Stanford
1st Team2nd Team3rd Team4th Team
KCairo Santos, TulaneChris Boswell, RiceRoss Martin, DukeChandler Catanzaro, Clemson
PKyle Christy, FloridaTommy Hibbard, North CarolinaKirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa StateRichie Leone, Houston
KRTyler Lockett, Kansas StateBernard Reedy, ToledoJustin Gilbert, Oklahoma St.Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech
PRMarcus Murphy, MissouriTramaine Thompson, Kansas StateSpiffy Evans, Boston CollegeRashad Greene, Florida State
LSScott Thompson, N.C. StateDrew Howell, OregonMatt Dooley, IndianaReid Ferguson, LSU
APDri Archer, Kent StateJordan Lynch, Northern IllinoisAntonio Andrews, Western KentuckyVenric Mark, Northwestern
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H/T to GatorZone.com for the list.

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