2020 Preseason All-America Team

Athlon picks the best CFB players for 2020

The 2020 college football season is slated to start in late August and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The SEC and ACC lead the way on the 2020 Athlon Sports' All-America Team with 23 overall selections apiece, followed by the Big Ten with 21. Alabama has the most overall players selected (eight), with Ohio State coming in second with six players picked. 

 

Athlon Sports released its 2020 all-conference teams earlier this offseason, and now the focus shifts to the All-America team. Whether it’s quarterback, defensive end or a spot on special teams, picking the best of the best is no easy task.

 

An important note on the All-America teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2020. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2020 All-America team and all-conference teams is largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

 

2020 Athlon Sports All-Conference Teams

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | MW | Sun Belt

 

Athlon Sports 2020 All-America Team

First-Team Offense  
 

QB       Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

RB       Travis Etienne, Clemson

RB       Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

AP       Rondale Moore, Purdue

WR      Ja'Marr Chase, LSU

WR      DeVonta Smith, Alabama

TE       Pat Friermuth, Penn State

C         Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

OL       Penei Sewell, Oregon

OL       Wyatt Davis, Ohio State

OL       Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

OL       Trey Smith, Tennessee

           

First-Team Defense
 

DL       Marvin Wilson, Florida State

DL       Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

DL       Gregory Rousseau, Miami

DL       Levi Onwuzurike, Washington

LB       Micah Parsons, Penn State

LB       Dylan Moses, Alabama

LB       Nick Bolton, Missouri

CB       Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

CB       Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

S         Richard LeCounte, Georgia

S         Jevon Holland, Oregon

           

First-Team Specialists   
       

K         Keith Duncan, Iowa

P          Max Duffy, Kentucky

KR       Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa

PR       Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

 

Second-Team Offense   
      

QB       Justin Fields, Ohio State

RB       Najee Harris, Alabama

RB       Jaret Patterson, Buffalo

AP       Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis

WR      Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

WR      Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

TE       Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

C         Drake Jackson, Kentucky

OL       Samuel Cosmi, Texas

OL       Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin

OL       Alaric Jackson, Iowa

OL       Darian Kinnard, Kentucky

           

Second-Team Defense   
      

DL       Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest

DL       Jalen Twyman, Pitt

DL       Tyler Davis, Clemson

DL       Quincy Roche, Miami

LB       Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

LB       Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State

LB       K.J. Britt, Auburn

CB       Shaun Wade, Ohio State

CB       Elijah Molden, Washington

S         Trevon Moehrig, TCU

S         JaCoby Stevens, LSU

           

Second-Team Specialists
    

K         Nick Sciba, Wake Forest

P         Blake Hayes, Illinois

KR       Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State

PR       Avery Williams, Boise State

 

Third-Team Offense
 

QB       Sam Howell, North Carolina

RB       Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma

RB       Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

AP       Max Borghi, Washington State

WR      Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

WR      Tutu Atwell, Louisville
WR      Chris Olave, Ohio State

TE       Kyle Pitts, Florida

C         Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

OL       Abraham Lucas, Washington State

OL       Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC

OL       Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

OL       Jackson Carman, Clemson

           

Third-Team Defense    
       

DL       Tyler Shelvin, LSU

DL       Jay Tufele, USC

DL       Darius Stills, West Virginia

DL       Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

LB       Carlton Martial, Troy

LB       Joseph Ossai, Texas

LB       Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech

CB       Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

CB       Eric Stokes, Georgia

S         Paris Ford, Pitt

S         Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State

           

Third-Team Specialists        
 

K         Riley Patterson, Memphis

P         Adam Korsak, Rutgers

KR       Savon Scarver, Utah State

PR       Christian Tutt, Auburn

 

Fourth-Team Offense

 

QB       Sam Ehlinger, Texas

RB       Javian Hawkins, Louisville

RB       CJ Verdell, Oregon

WR      Dazz Newsome, North Carolina

WR      Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

WR      Sage Surratt, Wake Forest

WR      Tamorrion Terry, Florida State

TE       Brevin Jordan, Miami

C         Josh Myers, Ohio State

OL       Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

OL       Nolan Laufenberg, Air Force

OL       Walker Little, Stanford

OL       Thayer Munford, Ohio State

 

Fourth-Team Defense

           

DL       Chris Rumph II, Duke

DL       George Karlaftis, Purdue

DL       DeAngelo Malone, WKU

DL       LaBryan Ray, Alabama

LB       Terrel Bernard, Baylor

LB       Garret Wallow, TCU

LB       Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

LB       Chazz Surratt, North Carolina

CB       Thomas Graham, Oregon

CB       Paulson Adebo, Stanford

S         Greg Eisworth, Iowa State

S         Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

 

Fourth-Team Specialists

           

K         Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma

P         Michael Turk, Arizona State

KR       Damond Philyaw-Johnson, Duke

PR       Otis Anderson, UCF

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