Alabama, LSU lead the way with two players each on ESPN's All-American team
Chris Lee • 8/18/2021 in Football
Texas A&M, Kentucky and Georgia also had players honored.
Will Anderson photo courtesy of Alabama athletics.
Alabama and LSU had two players named to ESPN's preseason All-American first team, which was released on Thursday.
The Crimson Tide placed linebacker Will Anderson and offensive tackle Evan Neal on the team, while LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr. and kicker Cade York joined them.
Texas A&M (tight end Jaden Wydermyer), Kentucky (offensive lineman Darian Kinnard) and Georgia (defensive tackle Jordan Davis) also placed players on the squad.
Anderson had seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss a season ago, earning multiple Freshman All-American honors.
Neal was also a freshman All-American as Alabama's starting right tackle; he'll move to left tackle this season.
Stingley's selection is no surprise as he was a first-team pick by multiple outlets each of his first two seasons. He had six interceptions as a freshman, but failed to get one last year.
York, a junior, hit all 36 point-after tries last season and was 18-for-21 on field goals.
Wydermyer had 46 catches for 506 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore last year.
The 340-pound Davis had 16 tackles last year, with a sack included.
Kinnard, who made several lower-level All-American teams last year, graded as the top run-blocking tackle in the country last year by PFF.