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ND nets 3 Athlon preseason All-Americans

Three more preseason honors came Notre Dame players' ways this week, and they are the same three players who have been basking in the summer glory with the 2014 season inching ever so closer.

Athlon Sports named Ben Koyack, Jaylon Smith and KeiVarae Russell to its preseason All-America team, with Koyack earning fourth-team honors, Smith making the third team and Russell making the fourth team.

This is the second preseason All-America honor for all three players, as they all made Phil Steele's team two weeks ago, with Koyack making the third team, Smith making the second team and Russell making the fourth team.

Koyack and Russell also made Mel Kiper Jr.'s list of top draft-eligible playes at their respective positions for the 2015 NFL Draft, with Koyack listed as the No. 3 senior tight end and Russell listed as the No. 5C underclassmen cornerback. Rusell made SportsOnEarth's Matt Brown's breakout team as well.

Notre Dame's new quasi-home, the ACC, led all conferences with 27 players across all four of Athlon's preseason teams, edging out the SEC, which had 26. The Pac-12 and the Big Ten each had 18 players, while the Big 12 had 13, the Mountain West Conference had two and the American Athletic Conference had one.