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2019 Pre-Season All-SEC team: Defense

*An early look ahead.

First Team: Defense

Grant Delpit (9) is the next great LSU defensive back.
Photo: Kim Klement|USA TODAY Sports
DERaekwon DavisSrAlabama6′ 7″306
DTBenito JonesSrMississippi6′ 2″315
DTJordan ElliottJrMissouri6; 4″325
DEMarlon DavidsonSrAuburn6′ 3″282
OLBJamar WatsonJrKentucky6′ 3″234
ILBDylan MosesJrAlabama6′ 3″232
OLBTerrell LewisSrAlabama6′ 5″256
CBDeMarkus AcySrMissouri6′ 2″195
CBC.J. HendersonJrFlorida6′ 1″182
Grant DelpitJrLSU6′ 3″201
Richard LaCounteJrGeorgia5′ 11″182
PBraden MannSrTexas A&M5′ 11″190

Second Team: Defense

So. Carolina true freshman Zacch Pinkens looks to dominate in 2019.
DEK’lavon ChaissonSoLSU6′ 4″240
DTZacch PickensFrSo. Carolina6′ 3″293
DTBobby BrownSoTexas A&M6′ 4″325
DEJabari ZunigaSrFlorida6′ 4″257
ILBT.J. BrunsonSrSo. Carolina6′ 1″230
ILBErroll ThompsonJrMississippi State6′ 1″250
OLBDimitri MooreSoVanderbilt6′ 3″225
CBCameron DantzlerJrMississippi  6′ 2″185
CBMark WebbJrGeorgia6′ 1″200
Xavier McKinneyJrAlabama6′ 1″197
Trey DeanSoFlorida6′ 2″181
PZach Von RosenbergJrLSU6′ 5″250

2019 Pre-Season All-American team: Defense

*An early look ahead.

First Team

Utah State LB David Woodward was named a third-team All-American in 2018.
Photo: Utah State Athletics
DEA.J. EpenesaJrIowa6′ 5″277
DTLeki FotuSrUtah6′ 5″323
DTRaequan WilliamsSrMichigan State6′ 4″295
DEMarlon DavidsonSrAuburn6′ 3″282
OLBDavid WoodwardJrUtah State6′ 2″230
ILBPaddy FisherSrNorthwestern6′ 4″245
OLBBryce HuffSrMemphis6′ 3″245
CBPaulson AdeboSoStanford6′ 1″188
CBBryce HallSrVirginia6′ 1″200
FSGrant DelpitJrLSU6′ 3″201
SSBrandon JonesSrTexas6′ 0″200
PBraden MannSrTexas A&M5′ 11″190

Second Team

Willekes made 20½ of his 78 tackles last season for lost yardage.
Photo: Mike Carter|USA TODAY Sports
DERaekwon DavisSrAlabama6′ 7″306
DTMarvin WilsonJrFlorida State6′ 5″323
DTNeville GallimoreSrOklahoma6′ 2″330
DEKenny WillekesSrMichigan State6′ 4″265
OLBKyahva TezinoSrSan Diego State6′ 0″230
ILBJoe BachieSrMichigan State6′ 2″230
OLBMichael PinckneySrMiami6′ 1″228
CBThomas GrahamJrOregon5′ 11″184
CBLavert HillSrMichigan  5′ 11″177
FSAndre CiscoSoSyracuse6′ 0″186
SSCaden SternsSoTexas6′ 0″195
PJames SmithJrCincinnati6′ 5″225

Third Team

Penn State’s Gross-Matos looks to build on a successful Sophomore camgaign.
Photo: Adriana Lacy|Roar Lions Roar
DEXavier YoungSoClemson6′ 3″255
DTJames LynchJrBaylor6′ 4”285
DTRyan LopezJrNew Mexico State6′ 2″310
DEYetur Gross-MatosJrPenn State6′ 5″257
OLBBaron BrowningJrOhio State6′ 4″238
ILBColin SchoolerJrArizona6′ 0″230
OLBTerrell LewisSrAlabama6′ 5″256
CBAdrian FryeSoTexas Tech6′ 0″190
CBA.J. TerrellJrClemson6′ 1″190
FSQuentin LakeJrUCLA6′ 1″183
SSJalen ElliotSrNotre Dame6′ 1″230
PPressley HarvinSrGeorgia Tech6′ 0″240

2018 Ray Guy Award


The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding punter as adjudged by the Augusta Sports Council. The award is named after punter Ray Guy, an All-American for Southern Mississippi and an All-Pro in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders.

Punters are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics; net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, percentage of punts not returned, number of punts and gross average.

Who Votes?

The Ray Guy Award winner is selected by a voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners.




Mann was voted SEC Special Teams Player of the Year by league coaches.
Image: Twitter

It’s been a record-breaking season for Texas A&M’s punter Braden Mann.

Mann led the country with a 51.1 yard punting average, breaking former-LSU punter Chad Kessler’s FBS record of 50.28 ypp.

He set the record this year for the most 60-yard punts in a single season that was last reached in 2005 when Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier had 13 punts of that distance. Against UAB, Mann booted his 14th 60-yard punt of the season, setting the new record.

Mann also broke the record for high gross punt average (60.4) in a single game by averaging 60.8 yards per punt against Alabama on Sept. 1.

His average is also the highest in school history surpassing Drew Kaser’s mark of 47.5 yards per punt during the 2015 season.

Season highlights include an 82-yard punt against #13 Kentucky; and punts of 69 and 73 yards against #2 Clemson.

By season’s end, Mann was voted an A.P. first-team All-American; and first-team All-SEC from both the A.P. and the SEC coaches.


The 2018 Ray Guy Award finalists included:

  • Texas A&M – Braden Mann, junior
  • Cincinnati – James Smith, sophomore
  • Utah – Mitch Wishnowsky, senior

FBS 2018 A.P. All-American teams


2018 Heisman Winner and AP first team All-American Kyler Murray.
Photo: Tulsa World.


Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis
Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson
Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky
Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State
Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M
Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue
Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse


Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois
Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson
Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington
Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame
Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama
Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M


Maxwell and Walter Camp POY winner Tua Tagovailoa.
Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images


Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama
Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M
Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia
Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin
Center — Ross Piersbacher, senior, Alabama
Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa
Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts
All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest
Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU


Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida
Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami
Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas
Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington
Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah


Haskins was awarded the 2018 Chicago Tribune Silver FootballThe award is presented to the Big Ten’s best football player each year, and is voted on by the coaches. 
Photo: Cleveland.com


Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State
Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State
Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma
Guards — Terronne Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College
Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State
Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa
Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia
All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona
Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah


Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech
Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston
Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame
Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan
Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Johnathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State
Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati


Gator Bowl – Dec 31

North Carolina State Wolf Pack (9-3) vs Texas A&M Aggies (8-4)



Coach: Dave Doeren

North Carolina State Players to watch:

Senior OC Garrett Bradbury (6-3/300)

Bradbury was the 2018 Rimington Award winner, which goes to the most outstanding center in college football. Photo: NC State Althetics

Bradbury started 13 games at left guard in 2016 and then moved to center in 2017. He has started every game at center the past two seasons and helped the Wolfpack win nine games in each of the past two seasons.

Senior OT Tyler Jones (6-3/300)

The Pack’s O-Line, the Band of Brothers, has a pair of first-team ACC selections in Bradbury and Jones. NC State leads the ACC giving up only nine sacks in 2018. The Wolfpack offensive line has paved the way for three straight 1,000-yard rushers, only the second time in school history (1976-78).

Senior OG Terronne Prescod (6-5/334)

There might not have been a more consistent offensive lineman in the FBS than NC State’s mammoth 6-foot-5, 334-pound Prescod. His overall grade of 85.7 is best among all FBS offensive linemen, according to PFF. He gave up only six quarterback hurries in 342 pass-blocking plays. His 86.2 run-blocking grade is 4.1 points higher than any other player.

*Junior WR Jakobi Meyers (6-2/203)

Meyers, a converted quarterback, has turned into one of the team’s top receivers. He surpassed Torry Holt’s single-season NC State receptions record with his 89th reception in the Wolf Pack’s final regular season game against ECU. A possession receiver, he has 1,028 yards and 4 touchdowns.



Coach: Jimbo Fisher

Texas A&M Players to watch:

*Junior P Braden Mann (5-11/190)

Aggie punter Braden Mann was named to the AFCA All-America First Team.
Photo: Sam Craft/Texas A&M Athletics

Mann currently leads the FBS with a 51.15 punting average and is nearly a yard ahead of LSU’s Chad Kessler’s NCAA and SEC record mark of 50.28 set in 1997. The Ray Guy Award winner has already set two NCAA records as he broke the single-game gross punt average mark at 60.8 on five boots at No. 1 Alabama and has unleashed 14 60-yard punts, shattering Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier’s record set in 2005.

*Junior TE Jace Sternberger (6-4/250)

Sternberger leads the country in receiving yards (804) and touchdowns (10) by a tight end, and is the Aggies’ leading receiver. The Kingfisher, Okla., native set the Texas A&M school record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season and currently ranks tied for sixth all-time on the Aggies’ single-season list.

*Junior RB Trayveon Williams (5-9/200)

Williams leads the elite conference in rushing (1,524), all-purpose yards (1,802) and touchdowns (16). The junior has posted eight games with 100-or-more yards including two games with at least 200 yards. Williams became the fifth Aggie to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark twice in his career and his 1,524 rushing yards ranks third all-time in Texas A&M school history. He ended the regular season on a tear averaging 175.0 yards per game with 7 touchdowns in the final four games.

***Freshman DL Bobby Brown (6-4/282)

Brown terrorized offensive lines in his first season in Aggieland, registering 14 tackles, a tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry. Brown recorded multi-tackle games on five occasions including games at South Carolina and Auburn.


TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Texas A&M 52, NC State 13