Phil Steele picks preseason All-Americans

Preseason lists are making their way back into our mainstream. It really is hard to believe that the 2012 college football season is a thing of the past. Before we know it, the 2013 season will be underway.

So it's time to start to take a deeper look at projections for the fall. Phil Steele has already churned out his preaseason all-conference teams, so, naturally, it's time to take a look at his preseason All-America teams.

The SEC is well represented on Steele's four teams, as nine players from the league made either the first-team offense, defense or special teams. Alabama led the way with four first-team selections.

Here's a look at Steele's first-team All-Americans:


QB: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

RB: T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

RB: De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon

WR: Marqise Lee, USC

WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson

WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

C: B.J. Finney, Kansas State

OG: David Yankey, Stanford

OG: Cyril Richardson, Baylor

OT: Taylor Lewan, Michigan

OT: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M


DE: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

DT: Will Sutton, Arizona State

DT: Louis Nix, Notre Dame

DE: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

LB: Anthony Barr, UCLA

LB: C.J. Mosley, Alabama

LB: Kyle Van Noy, BYU

LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

CB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State

CB: Jason Verrett, TCU

S: Ed Reynolds, Stanford

S: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama


K: Cairo Santos, Tulane

P: Kyle Christy, Florida

KR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

PR: Marcus Murphy, Missouri

LS: Scott Thompson, NC State

AP: Dri Archer, Kent State

At final count, 27 SEC players made Steele's four All-America teams. Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who were named first-team All-SEC members by Steele earlier this week, were named second-team All-Americans.

The SEC also had three offensive linemen make the second team: Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State), Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama) and Antonio Richardson (Tennessee).

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is a third-team member, while Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche are both fourth-team members.