North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance leads the way on the Athlon 2020 Preseason FCS All-America Team — one of seven returnees from last year's postseason squad.
Lance became the first freshman to receive the Walter Payton Award as the FCS offensive player of the year and helped the Bison capture their third straight national title. Other returning All-Americans are wide receiver Samori Toure (Montana); offensive linemen P.J. Burkhalter (Nicholls), Liam Fornadel (James Madison) and Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State); and defensive backs Anthony Adams (Portland State) and Kordell Jackson (Austin Peay).
The talent remains widespread across the subdivision with the 26 All-Americans representing 19 schools and 11 conferences. Schools with multiple selections are Illinois State and Weber State with three each and Montana, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State with two each.
Athlon Sports' 2020 Preseason FCS All-America Team
QB Trey Lance (6-3, 221, So.) North Dakota State
RB Josh Davis (5-9, 195, Jr.) Weber State
RB Jah-Maine Martin (5-10, 215, Sr.) North Carolina A&T
WR Cade Johnson (5-10, 180, Sr.) South Dakota State
WR Samori Toure (6-3, 190, Sr.) Montana
TE Dalton Kincaid (6-5, 230, Jr.) San Diego
OL P.J. Burkhalter (6-3, 330, Sr.) Nicholls
OL Liam Fornadel (6-4, 308, Sr.) James Madison
OL Drew Himmelman (6-10, 315, Sr.) Illinois State
OL Dillon Radunz (6-6, 300, Sr.) North Dakota State
OL Ty Whitworth (6-4, 300, Sr.) Weber State
DL Malik Hamm (6-3, 260, Jr.) Lafayette
DL Trace Mascorro (6-1, 275, Sr.) Sam Houston State
DL Romeo McKnight (6-5, 260, Sr.) Illinois State
DL Elerson Smith (6-7, 245, Sr.) Northern Iowa
LB Troy Andersen (6-4, 233, Sr.) Montana State
LB Bryson Armstrong (5-11, 212, Sr.) Kennesaw State
LB Willie Eubanks III (6-2, 215, Sr.) The Citadel
DB Anthony Adams (6-0, 180, Jr.) Portland State
DB Brandon Easterling (6-0, 203, Sr.) Dayton
DB Kordell Jackson (5-11, 163, Sr.) Austin Peay
DB Devon Taylor (6-1, 200, Sr.) Illinois State
PK Trey Tuttle (5-9, 190, Sr.) Weber State
P Matt McRobert (6-2, 195, Sr.) Sam Houston State
KR Malik Flowers (6-2, 195, Sr.) Montana
PR Montrell Washington (5-10, 170, Sr.) Samford
— Compiled by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.