Bama stars highlight preseason All-America team

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and pass rusher Will Anderson Jr. are among four Alabama players selected to the AP preseason All-America team.

Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young among 4 Alabama players on AP preseason All-America team 12:18 PM ET Associated Press Alabama stars Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr . are among four players from the top-ranked Crimson Tide selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Joining Young, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, and Anderson, the star pass rusher, were Alabama defensive backs Jordan Battle and Eli Ricks as first-team selections. The AP preseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank was selected by a panel of Top 25 poll voters and released Monday. Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs made the second team as an all-purpose player and Crimson Tide guard Emil Ekiyor Jr . was also a second-team selection. Alabama's four first-teamers and six players on the two teams overall were the most for any school. Editor's Picks College football final SP+ 2022 preseason projections 1d Bill Connelly 2 Related Ohio State was second behind Alabama, just like in the AP Top 25, with three first-team selections and five players overall. Offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr ., running back TreVeyon Henderson and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba were all selected to the first team. C.J. Stroud , who finished fourth in the Heisman voting last year, is the second-team quarterback. Tackle Dawand Jones made the second-team offensive line. Defending national champion and No. 3 Georgia had three players picked to the first-team: tight end Brock Bowers , defensive tackle Jalen Carter and cornerback Kelee Ringo . Nolan Smith made the second-team at edge rusher. In a sign of college football's new era of loosened transfer rules, seven players selected to the two teams have transferred in their college careers, including Gibbs (Georgia Tech ) and Ricks (LSU ) from Alabama. USC receiver Jordan Addison , the Biletnikoff Award winner at Pitt in 2021, was a first-team selection. Transfers joining Gibbs on the second-team were Florida guard O'Cyrus Torrence (Louisiana ); Baylor defensive tackle Siaki Ika (LSU); Notre Dame safety Brandon Joseph (Northwestern ); and Florida State defensive back Jammie Robinson (South Carolina ). FIRST TEAM Offense Quarterback -- Bryce Young, junior, Alabama Running backs -- Bijan Robinson , junior, Texas; TreVeyon Henderson, sophomore, Ohio State. Tackles -- Peter Skoronski , junior, Northwestern; Paris Johnson Jr., junior, Ohio State. Guards -- Andrew Vorhees , sixth-year, Southern California; Caleb Chandler , sixth-year, Louisville. Center -- Jarrett Patterson , senior, Notre Dame. Tight end -- Brock Bowers, sophomore, Georgia. Wide receivers -- Jordan Addison, junior, Southern California; Jaxon Smith-Njigba, junior, Ohio State; Kayshon Boutte , junior, LSU. All-purpose player -- Deuce Vaughn , junior, Kansas State. Kicker -- Jake Moody , senior, Michigan. Defense Edge rushers -- Will McDonald IV, senior, Iowa State; Isaiah Foskey , senior, Notre Dame. Linemen -- Bryan Bresee , junior, Clemson; Jalen Carter, junior, Georgia. Linebackers -- Will Anderson Jr., junior, Alabama; Noah Sewell , junior, Oregon; Jack Campbell , senior, Iowa. Cornerbacks -- Kelee Ringo, sophomore, Georgia; Eli Ricks, junior, Alabama. Safeties -- Jordan Battle, junior, Alabama; Antonio Johnson , junior, Texas A&M. Defensive back -- Riley Moss , senior, Iowa. Punter -- Adam Korsak , senior, Rutgers. SECOND TEAM Offense Quarterback - C.J. Stroud, junior, Ohio State. Running backs -- Braelon Allen , sophomore, Wisconsin; Sean Tucker , junior, Syracuse. Tackles -- Connor Galvin , senior, Baylor; Dawand Jones, senior, Ohio State. Guards -- O'Cyrus Torrence, senior, Florida; Emil Ekiyor, senior, Alabama. Center -- John Michael Schmitz , sixth-year, Minnesota. Tight end -- Michael Mayer , junior, Notre Dame. Wide receivers -- Xavier Worthy , sophomore, Texas; Josh Downs , junior, North Carolina; A.T. Perry , senior, Wake Forest. All-purpose player -- Jahmyr Gibbs, junior, Alabama Kicker -- Harrison Mevis , junior, Missouri Defense Edge rushers -- Myles Murphy , junior, Clemson; Nolan Smith, senior, Georgia. Linemen -- Calijah Kancey , junior, Pittsburgh; Siaki Ika, junior, Baylor. Linebackers -- Nick Herbig , junior, Wisconsin; Andre Carter II, senior, Army; Edefuan Ulofoshio , senior, Washington. Cornerbacks -- Cam Smith , junior, South Carolina; Clark Phillips III , junior, Utah. Safeties -- Brandon Joseph, junior, Notre Dame; Jalen Catalon , junior, Arkansas. Defensive back -- Jammie Robinson, senior, Florida State. Punter -- Kyle Ostendorp , junior, Arizona.