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2021 CBS Sports Preseason All-America team: Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Iowa State lead early honors

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Graphic by Mike Meredith

With the 2021 college football season just weeks away, our panel of college football experts were faced with plenty of difficult decisions when convening to select the 2021 CBS Sports / 247Sports Preseason All-America teams. Experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports joined forces once again to project the players we expect to shine as college football gets back to normal with a full season ahead.

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler was not only chosen as a Preseason All-America first team selection, he is also the CBS Sports / 247Sports Preseason Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Sooners coach Lincoln Riley is the Preseason Coach of the Year with OU opening the season No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

There are only three unanimous All-America selections this preseason with Iowa State running back Breece Hall, Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. receiving first-team votes from all participants. Hall is also one of three players back as a first-team selection from the 2020 postseason team. Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and Northwestern safety Brandon Joseph are the others.

In total, 29 programs are represented across the two teams of 54 selections. Ohio State and Iowa State lead the way with three first-teamers, while Alabama tops every program with six All-America nods overall. No team other than the Crimson Tide has more than four total selections.

Eight SEC teams are represented among the league’s total of 19 selections, while seven Big Ten teams and five Big 12 teams constitute their conferences’ 10 picks each.

SEC 8 19
Big 12 7 10
Big Ten 6 10
ACC 3 7
Pac-12 1 3
American 1 3
Independent (Notre Dame) 1 2

2021 CBS Sports Preseason All-America

*  unanimous selection | classes listed according to official team rosters

First team

QB

Spencer Rattler

Oklahoma

Redshirt sophomore

RB

Breece Hall *

Iowa State

Junior

RB

Bijan Robinson

Texas

Sophomore

WR

Chris Olave

Ohio State

Senior

WR

Justyn Ross

Clemson

Redshirt junior

TE

Charlie Kolar

Iowa State

Redshirt senior

C

Tyler Linderbaum

Iowa

Junior

OL

Darian Kinnard

Kentucky

Senior

OL

Evan Neal

Alabama

Junior

OL

Thayer Munford

Ohio State

Senior

OL

Kenyon Green

Texas A&M

Junior

DL Kayvon Thibodeaux * Oregon Sophomore
DL DeMarvin Leal Texas A&M Junior

DL

Haskell Garrett

Ohio State

Graduate

DL

Bryan Bresee

Clemson

Sophomore

LB

Nik Bonitto

Oklahoma

Redshirt junior

LB

Mike Rose

Iowa State

Senior

LB

Will Anderson Jr.

Alabama

Sophomore

CB

Derek Stingley Jr. *

LSU

Junior

CB

Ahmad Gardner

Cincinnati

Junior

S

Kyle Hamilton

Notre Dame

Junior

S

Brandon Joseph

Northwestern

Redshirt sophomore

K

Cade York

LSU

Junior

P

Lou Hedley

Miami (FL)

Redshirt junior

KR

Aron Cruickshank

Rutgers

Junior

PR

Philip Brooks

Kansas State

Junior

AP

Jerrion Ealy

Ole Miss

Sophomore

Second team

QB

Sam Howell

North Carolina

Junior

RB

Mohamed Ibrahim

Minnesota

Redshirt senior

RB

Tank Bigsby

Auburn

Sophomore

WR

Garrett Wilson

Ohio State

Junior

WR

John Metchie III

Alabama

Junior

TE

Jalen Wydermyer

Texas A&M

Junior

C

Alec Lindstrom

Boston College

Redshirt senior

OL

Jamaree Salyer

Georgia

Senior

OL

Cain Madden

Notre Dame

Senior

OL

Zion Johnson

Boston College

Graduate

OL

Jaxson Kirkland

Washington

Junior

DL Jordan Davis Georgia Senior

DL

George Karlaftis

Purdue

Junior

DL

Aidan Hutchinson

Michigan

Senior

DL

Myjai Sanders

Cincinnati

Senior

LB

Christian Harris

Alabama

Junior

LB

Edefuan Ulofoshio

Washington

Sophomore

LB

James Skalski

Clemson

Redshirt senior

CB

Josh Jobe

Alabama

Senior

CB

Kaiir Elam

Florida

Junior

S

Tykee Smith

Georgia

Junior

S

Jordan Battle

Alabama

Junior

K

Gabe Brkic

Oklahoma

Redshirt junior

P

Jake Camarda

Georgia

Senior

KR

Trestan Ebner

Baylor

Senior

PR

Marcus Jones

Houston

Senior

AP

Deuce Vaughn

Kansas State

Sophomore