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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
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
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
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
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
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
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

Redbox Bowl – Dec 31

Michigan State Spartans (7-5) vs Oregon Ducks (8-4)

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MICHIGAN STATE | BIG 10 CONFERENCE

Coach: Mark Dantonio

Michigan State Players to watch:

*Junior DE Kenny Willekes (6-4/260)

Kenny Willekes Named Big Ten Defensive Lineman Of The Year.
Photo: Mike Carter USA TODAY Sports

Willekes, who entered the program as a walk-on linebacker for the 2015 season, has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the nation. He has collected a league-best 20.5 tackles for loss, good for second most in a Spartan single season and seventh most in the FBS in 2018. He also leads the Spartans with 8.5 sacks. The junior has registered a career-high 76 tackles to rank first among all defensive lineman in the nation, including a career-high 13 against Ohio State on Nov. 3.

*Junior NT Raequan Williams (6-4/295)

Williams, who has started 28 consecutive games at nose tackle, earned first-team AP All-Big Ten honors. The Chicago, Illinois, product has recorded career bests in tackles (49), tackles for loss (9.5) and pass break-ups (5), while helping anchor the nation’s No. 1 run defense.

*Junior LB Joe Bachie (6-2/238)

Voted a captain by his teammates, Bachie leads the Spartans with 94 tackles. He has 8.5 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

*Junior CB Justin Layne (6-3/185)

Layne ranks tied for first in the Big Ten and tied for eighth in the FBS with 15 pass break-ups. He has also posted career highs in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (2.5) this season.

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OREGON | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Mario Cristobal

Oregon Players to watch:

*Junior LG Shane Lemieux (6-4/315)

Lemieux has until Jan 14 to decide if he’ll turn pro or return to Oregon for his senior year.
Photo: OregonLive.com

Lemieux has not allowed a sack or hit on the QB all season. Fourth-ranked offensive lineman (No. 1 guard) in the Pac-12 and No. 4 guard nationally, according to PFF. Has started 37 straight games.

Senior LB Justin Hollins (6-5/240)

Hollins, an AP first-team All-Pac-12 linebacker honoree, has 57 tackles with 12 for loss including five sacks, an interception and fumble return this season.

Senior DE Jalen Jelks (6-6/250)

Jelks was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree by the league’s coaches. He leads all Pac-12 defensive linemen with 54 tackles with 7.5 for loss including 3.5 sacks this season.

Senior S Ugo Amadi (5-9/200)

Amadi has 50 tackles with five for loss including 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble. He also has 16 punt returns for 214 yards and a score.

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Redbox Bowl
Oregon 7, Michigan State 6