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2021 Preseason All-America Team

Athlon picks the best college football players for 2021
College Football 2019 All-America Team

College Football 2021 All-America Team

The 2021 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 leads the way with 31 selections on the 2021 Athlon Sports' All-America Team with the Big Ten and Big 12 up next with 20 apiece. The Pac-12 has 14 selections, while the ACC checks in with 13. Alabama has the most overall players selected (seven), with Oklahoma, Iowa State and Clemson tied for second with six players picked.

Athlon Sports released its 2021 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 selections are based on how players will perform in 2021. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2021 All-America team and all-conference teams is largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

College Football 2021 All-America Team

First-Team Offense
QB
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma
RB Breece Hall, Iowa State
RB Bijan Robinson, Texas
AP Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
WR Justyn Ross, Clemson
WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
TE Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
OL Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
OL Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
OL Evan Neal, Alabama
OL Thayer Munford, Ohio State

First-Team Defense
DL
Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
DL Bryan Bresee, Clemson
DL DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
DL Haskell Garrett, Ohio State
LB Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma
LB Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
LB Mike Rose, Iowa State
LB Christian Harris, Alabama
CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati
S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
S Brandon Joseph, Northwestern

First-Team Specialists
K
Cade York, LSU
P Jake Camarda, Georgia
KR Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers
PR Marcus Jones, Houston

Second-Team Offense
QB
Sam Howell, North Carolina
RB Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
RB Sincere McCormick, UTSA
AP Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State
WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU
WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
WR John Metchie, Alabama
TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
C Colin Newell, Iowa State
OL Cain Madden, Notre Dame
OL Jamaree Salyer, Georgia
OL Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame
OL Jaxson Kirkland, Washington

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Second-Team Defense

DL George Karlaftis, Purdue
DL Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
DL Myles Murphy, Clemson
DL Jordan Davis, Georgia
LB Micah McFadden, Indiana
LB Devin Lloyd, Utah
LB James Skalski, Clemson
LB Grant Morgan, Arkansas
CB Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU
CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
S Jordan Battle, Alabama
S Jalen Catalon, Arkansas

Second-Team Specialists
K
Anders Carlson, Auburn
P Lou Hedley, Miami
KR Chris Smith, Louisiana
PR Britain Covey, Utah

Third-Team Offense
QB
D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson
RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
RB Kyren Williams, Notre Dame
AP Max Borghi, Washington State
WR Marvin Mims, Oklahoma
WR Romeo Doubs, Nevada
WR Drake London, USC
TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
C Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
OL Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
OL Ikem Ekwonu, NC State
OL Jordan McFadden, Clemson
OL Abraham Lucas, Washington State

Third-Team Defense
DL
Zach Harrison, Ohio State
DL Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
DL Will McDonald, Iowa State
DL Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma
LB Nate Landman, Colorado
LB Drake Jackson, USC
LB Zakoby McClain, Auburn
LB Carlton Martial, Troy
CB Josh Jobe, Alabama
CB Eli Ricks, LSU
S Greg Eisworth II, Iowa State
S Smoke Monday, Auburn

Third-Team Specialists
K
Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
P Michael Turk, Arizona State
KR Savon Scarver, Utah State
PR Phillip Brooks, Kansas State

Fourth-Team Offense
QB
D'Eriq King, Miami
RB Tyler Goodson, Iowa
RB Kevin Harris, South Carolina
WR Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
WR David Bell, Purdue
WR Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
WR Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest
TE Cade Otton, Washington
C James Empey, BYU
OL Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
OL Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama
OL Rasheed Walker, Penn State
OL Dohnovan West, Arizona State

Fourth-Team Defense
DL
Cade Hall, San Jose State
DL C.J. Brewer, Coastal Carolina
DL Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
DL Ochaun Mathis, TCU
DL Dante Stills, West Virginia
LB Adam Anderson, Georgia
LB Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin
DB Tiawan Mullen, Indiana (CB)
DB Trent McDuffie, Washington (CB)
DB Mykael Wright, Oregon (CB)
DB Martin Emerson, Miss. State (CB)
DB Jaquan Brisker, Penn State (S)

Fourth-Team Specialists
K
Jake Oldroyd, BYU
P Kirk Christodoulou, Pitt
KR Trestan Ebner, Baylor
PR Derius Davis, TCU