Phil Steele of Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine has put out his 2012 Preseason All-America Team. Our LSU Tigers landed six players on the All-America team. Tyrann Mathieu was named to the first-team as a cornerback and as a punt returner. Mathieu was the only LSU player named to the first team.
Here's where all of the Tigers on the All-America team ranked:
OT, Alex Hurst, Third-Team
OT, Chris Faulk, Fourth-Team
CB, Tyrann Mathieu, First-Team
DE, Sam Montgomery, Second-Team
S, Eric Reid, Second-Team
PR, Tyrann Mathieu, First-Team
P, Brad Wing, Second-Team
Matt Barkley of USC was not a surprising choice for first-team quarterback. The SEC's lone quarterback selection was Tyler Wilson of Arkansas (third-team). The SEC did have the top running back in Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), center in Barrett Jones (Alabama), offensive guard in Chance Warmack (Alabama) and offensive tackle in DJ Fluker (Alabama).
Before I move on to the defense I have to point out that some of the offensive selections were puzzling. When you review Steele's SEC picks as I did yesterday, you notice that Alex Hurst was a first-team All-SEC selection. On the All-America list, Hurst is behind Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) and Jake Matthews (Texas A&M). Joeckel was a second-team All-SEC selection and Matthews was a third-team pick, behind LSU's second-team pick Chris Faulk who is somehow now a fourth-team All-American.
On the defensive side of the ball, the SEC had three first-team choices. Besides Mathieu, linebacker Jarvis Jones and safety Bacarri Rambo, both from Georgia, were also first-team picks. I find it hard to believe that not one SEC defensive lineman made the first-team but I guess we'll see at the end of the season. Brad Wing was put behind Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen on special teams at the punter position but I'll take Wing any day over Allen. Sure Wing has a better coverage unit than Allen, but Wing performed well as a redshirt freshman in bigger games than Allen has ever played.
I know a lot of work goes into creating all-conference lists for all of the conferences and the preview magazine itself. I think Steele does a good job overall, but I just don't understand what happened with the offensive line selections for the All-America team.
As an LSU fan, I don't mind that LSU players didn't dominate the All-American list. I'd rather Tiger players be under-hyped than over-hyped before the season.
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"Phil Steele 2012 Preseason Honors", Phil Steele.com
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