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CU Football: Shenault named to AP Preseason All-American team

Desoto’s own earning another honor before his junior season with the Buffaloes

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Colorado at USC Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. was the recipient of second team All-America preseason honors by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

The latest announcement adds to the list of notables for Shenault including being named to watch lists for the Maxwell and Biletnikoff. As one of the nation’s best overall players, Shenault lead all receivers through the first half of 2018 before being sidelined three games with a foot injury. He finished the season with 86 receptions for 1,011 yards and 11 total touchdowns.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tops the AP preseason All-America team, but the SEC had eight players make the first team. Lawrence leads the defending national champion Tigers as the top-ranked team going into a season for the first time ever. He’s joined by running back and early Heisman favorite Travis Etienne, along with fellow teammate linebacker Isaiah Simmons as a first-team selections for Clemson.

A list of the entire AP All-America preseason team.

First Team

Offense

Quarterback — Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Running back — Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Travis Etienne, Clemson

Tackles — Andrew Thomas, Georgia; Walker Little, Stanford

Guards — Shane Lemieux, Oregon; Ben Bredeson, Michigan

Center — Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Tight end — Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, junior, Alabama; Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, Purdue

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, Syracuse

Defense

Ends — Chase Young, Ohio State; A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Tackles — Derrick Brown, Auburn; Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Linebackers — Dylan Moses, Alabama; Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; Joe Bachie, Michigan State

Cornerbacks — Bryce Hall, Virginia; Paulson Adebo, Stanford

Safeties — Grant Delpit, LSU; Andre Cisco, Syracuse

Punter — Braden Mann, Texas A&M

Second Team

Offense

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Running backs — D’Andre Swift, Georgia; Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

Tackles — Trey Adams, Washington; Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon

Guards — Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame; John Simpson, Clemson

Center — Tim Harris, Washington

Tight end — Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt

Wide receivers — Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado; Justyn Ross, Clemson

All-purpose player — CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Kicker — Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

Defense

Ends — Kenneth Willekes, Michigan State; Julian Okwara, Notre Dame

Tackles — Leki Fotu, Utah; Marvin Wilson, Florida State

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, Northwestern; Evan Weaver, California; Shaquille Quarterman, Miami

Cornerbacks — Kristian Fulton, LSU; CJ Henderson, Florida

Safeties — Alohi Gillman, Notre Dame; Jordan Fuller, Ohio State

Punter — James Smith, Cincinnati


The Buffs play host to the Colorado State Rams in the 91st edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday, August 30th at Denver’s Mile High Stadium (8:10 p.m. kickoff/ TV: ESPN).