Tuitt an ESPN.com All-American

ESPN.com's preseason All-America team has been released, with Notre Dame placing one player on the squad.

Stephon Tuitt makes the team as one of its defensive ends, along with South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.

Tuitt notched 12 sacks last season, just shy of Justin Tuck's school single-season record of 13.5, and had a 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the season opener against Navy in Dublin.

The 6-foot-6½, 322-pounder enters his junior season already high on many 2014 NFL draft boards, and another campaign like last year's will only help his stock rise if he chooses to leave school early.

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with eight players on the All-America team, with the SEC right behind with six. Oregon and Alabama each have three players on the team, tied for the most of any school.