Josh Downs named Rivals preseason Second-Team All-American

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Coming off of a terrific 2021 season, UNC football wide receiver Josh Downs continues to rack up multiple preseason accolades heading into this season.

Already on the Biletnikoff Award Watch list, Maxwell Award Watch list and being named to multiple preseason All-American teams, Downs added another honor on Tuesday as he was named to the Rivals preseason All-American Second-Team.

He was on the Second-Team with Quentin Johnson of TCU and Xavier Worthy of Texas. Making the First-Team were Jaxon Smith-Njigba of Ohio State, Kayshon Boutte of LSU and Jordan Addison of USC.

Downs had a record-setting 2021season for the Tar Heels with 101 receptions and 1,355 receiving yards, both single-season school records. He also scored a touchdown in eight-straight games, one short of the school standard. He led the ACC and ranked fifth nationally in receptions and was second in the league and 11th nationally in receiving yards.

Last year, Downs was also a Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist and All-ACC First Team selection.

Downs is projected as a first or second round draft pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in early mock drafts.

With all of the attention on him this season and a new quarterback under center for the Tar Heels, it will be interesting to see how his production stacks up to last season.

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