2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections


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2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
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The final offseason weekend has come and gone, and now college football's 2021 season begins on Saturday for Week Zero. Talking season is almost complete, but there's still time for a little more preseason recognition. The Associated Press released its Preseason All-America teams on Monday, and Notre Dame and Iowa State lead all programs with three first-team selections each. The Fighting Irish, a preseason top-10 team, saw offensive lineman Cain Madden, all-purpose player Kyren Williams and safety Kyle Hamilton earn first-team status. Meanwhile, running back Breece Hall, tight end Charlie Kolar and linebacker Mike Rose were first-team picks for the Cyclones. 

Eight more programs have at least two first-team All-Americans, including Alabama with tackle Evan Neal and linebacker Will Anderson Jr. Clemson's two first-team All-Americans were receiver Justyn Ross, who missed last season with a neck injury, and defensive lineman Bryan Bresee. Oklahoma QB and Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler made the first team with North Carolina's Sam Howell representing the second team. 

You can see both preseason AP All-America teams below. 

First Team 

Offense
Quarterback — Spencer Rattler, sophomore, OklahomaRunning back —Breece Hall, junior, Iowa State

Running back -- Bijan Robinson, sophomore, Texas

Tackle — Evan Neal, junior, Alabama

Tackle -- Kenyon Green, junior, Texas A&M

Guard — Cain Madden, senior, Notre Dame

Guard -- Zion Johnson, senior, Boston College


Center — Tyler Linderbaum, junior, IowaTight end — Charlie Kolar, senior, Iowa State

Wide receiver — Chris Olave, senior, Ohio State

Wide receiver -- Justyn Ross, junior, ClemsonAll-purpose player — Kyren Williams, sophomore, Notre Dame

Kicker — Cade York, junior, LSU

Defense
Defensive end — Kayvon Thibodeaux, junior, Oregon
Defensive end -- DeMarvin Leal, junior, Texas A&M
Defensive tackle -- Haskell Garrett, senior, Ohio StateDefensive tackle -- Bryan Bresee, sophomore, ClemsonLinebacker — Will Anderson Jr., sophomore, Alabama

Linebacker -- Nik Bonitto, junior, Oklahoma

Linebacker -- Mike Rose, senior, Iowa StateCornerback — Derek Stingley, Jr., junior, LSU

Cornerback -- Ahmad Gardner, junior, Cincinnati

Safety — Kyle Hamilton, junior, Notre Dame

Safety -- Brandon Joseph, sophomore, Northwestern


Punter — Jake Camarda, senior, Georgia

Second Team

Offense
Quarterback — Sam Howell, junior, North Carolina
Running back — Mohamed Ibrahim, senior, Minnesota
Running back -- Isaiah Spiller, junior, Texas A&M
Tackle — Thayer Munford, senior, Ohio State
Tackle -- Darian Kinnard, senior, Kentucky
Guard — Jamaree Salyer, senior, GeorgiaGuard -- Emil Ekiyor, junior, Alabama

Center — Jarrett Patterson, junior, Notre Dame


Tight end — Jalen Wydermyer, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receiver — Garrett Wilson, junior, Ohio State
Wide receiver -- John Metchie III, junior, Alabama
All-purpose player — Jerrion Ealy, junior, Mississippi
Kicker — Anders Carlson, senior, Auburn

Defense
Defensive end — Aidan Hutchinson, senior, Michigan
Defensive end -- George Karlaftis, junior, Purdue
Defensive tackle — Jordan Davis, senior, Georgia
Defensive tackle -- Dante Still, senior, West Virginia
Linebacker — Devin Lloyd, super senior Utah
Linebacker -- Christian Harris, junior, Alabama
Linebacker -- Micah McFadden, senior, Indiana
Cornerback — Kaiir Elam, junior, Florida
Cornerback -- Tiawan Mullen, junior, Indiana
Safety — Jalen Catalon, redshirt sophomore, Arkansas
Safety -- Jaquan Brisker, super senior, Penn State
Punter — Lou Hedley, senior, Miami

2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections
  • 2021 AP Preseason All-America team: Notre Dame, Iowa State lead the way in first-team selections