The team was selected by 47 AP poll voters, who were asked to consider all Division I players – even those who had already opted out of the season or whose teams had postponed football.
The results show just how much star power will be missing from this pandemic-altered college football season. Twelve second-team All-Americans will also not play in the fall, including quarterback Justin Fields from defending Big Ten champion and preseason No. 2 Ohio State.
The Big Ten, Pac-12, Mid-American and Mountain West conferences have decided to try to play football in the second semester. As of now, Fields has given no indication that he won’t be with the Buckeyes if they do. Same goes for Sewell, the Outland Trophy winner and potential top-five NFL draft pick, and Oregon teammate Kayvon Thibodeaux, a sophomore defensive end.
Parsons is among a handful of stars who have said they are gone for good, opting out of the season to concentrate on preparing for the draft. Along with Parsons, Purdue’s Rondale Moore, selected as an all-purpose player, Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman were first-team All-America opt outs.
Quarterback – Trevor Lawrence, junior, Clemson.
Running backs – Chuba Hubbard, junior, Oklahoma State; Travis Etienne, senior, Clemson.
Tackles – x-Penei Sewell, junior, Oregon; Alex Leatherwood, senior, Alabama.
Center – Creed Humphrey, junior, Oklahoma.
Tight end – x-Pat Freiermuth, junior, Penn State.
Receivers – Ja’Marr Chase, junior, LSU; DeVonta Smith, senior, Alabama.
All-purpose player – y-Rondale Moore, junior, Purdue.
Kicker – x-Keith Duncan, senior, Iowa.
Ends – x-Kayvon Thibodeaux, sophomore, Oregon; y-Gregory Rousseau, junior, Miami.
Tackles – Marvin Wilson, senior, Florida State; y-Jaylen Twyman, junior, Pitt.
Safeties – Richard LeCounte, senior, Georgia; Andre Cisco, junior, Syracuse.
Punter – Max Duffy, senior, Kentucky.
Quarterback – x-Justin Fields, junior, Ohio State.
Center – x-Tyler Linderbaum, junior, Iowa.
Tight end – Charlie Kolar, junior, Iowa State.
All-purpose player – Jaylen Waddle, junior, Alabama.
Kicker – Gabe Brkic, sophomore, Oklahoma.
Ends – Carlos Basham, senior, Wake Forest; Quincy Roche, senior, Miami.
Cornerbacks – Patrick Surtain II, junior, Alabama; y-Caleb Farley, junior, Virginia Tech.
Punter – x-Adam Korsak, junior, Rutgers.
(x-team not scheduled to play in the fall; y-opted out of season)
Parsons, Sewell among AP preseason All-Americans not playing originally appeared on NBCSports.com