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WVU's Will Grier leads AP Preseason All-America team

| Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Iowa tight end Noah Fant (87) makes a catch against Nebraska during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Fant was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/John Peterson, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Iowa tight end Noah Fant (87) makes a catch against Nebraska during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Fant was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/John Peterson, File)
FILE - This Nov. 11, 2017, file photo shows West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) looking for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State, in Manhattan, Kan. Grier has been selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - This Nov. 11, 2017, file photo shows West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) looking for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State, in Manhattan, Kan. Grier has been selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Clemson's Mitch Hyatt (75) battles Boston College's Zach Allen as he protects quarterback Deshaun Watson (2) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Hyatt was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Clemson's Mitch Hyatt (75) battles Boston College's Zach Allen as he protects quarterback Deshaun Watson (2) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Hyatt was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Clemson's Christian Wilkins (42) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Clemson, S.C. Wilkins was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Clemson's Christian Wilkins (42) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Clemson, S.C. Wilkins was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) tries to break up a pass by East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Houston. Oliver was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Wyke/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) tries to break up a pass by East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Houston. Oliver was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Wyke/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Southern California during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game, in Santa Clara, Calif. Love was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Southern California during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game, in Santa Clara, Calif. Love was selected to the AP Preseason All-America team, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team.

Chosen by AP poll voters, the team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and his teammate, receiver David Sills V.

Love, along with Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards and Utah kicker Matt Gay, were the only players who made first team All-American after last season and first team to start this season. Love ran for 2,118 yards and 8.05 per carry last season and was second to Baker Mayfield in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Oliver was a second-team All-American last year after being first team as a freshman in 2016.

Clemson and Wisconsin led the way with three players on the first team. Alabama and Wisconsin each had a total of five players on the first and second teams combined.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback — Will Grier, senior, West Virginia.

Running backs — Bryce Love, senior, Stanford; Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin.

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson.

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Nate Herbig, junior, Stanford.

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama.

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa.

Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia .

All-purpose player — Myles Gaskin, senior, Washington.

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah.

Defense

Ends — Nick Bosa, junior, Ohio State; Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson.

Tackles — Ed Oliver, junior, Houston; Christian Wilkins, Senior, Clemson.

Linebackers — Devin White, junior, LSU; Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; T.J. Edwards, senior, Wisconsin.

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia.

Safeties — Jaquan Johnson, senior, Miami; Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington.

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah.

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SECOND TEAM

Offense

Quarterback — Trace McSorley, senior, Penn State .

Running backs — A.J. Dillon, sophomore, Boston College; Damien Harris, junior, Alabama.

Tackles — David Edwards, junior, Wisconsin; Greg Little, junior, Mississippi.

Guards — Alex Bars, senior, Notre Dame; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin.

Center — Sam Mustipher, senior, Notre Dame.

Tight end — Kaden Smith, junior, Stanford.

Receivers — N’Keal Harry, junior, Arizona State; Anthony Johnson, senior, Buffalo.

All-purpose player — Deebo Samuel, senior, South Carolina.

Kicker — Rodrigo Blankenship, junior, Georgia.

Defense

Ends — Rashan Gary, junior, Michigan; Raekwon Davis, junior, Alabama.

Tackles — Dexter Lawrence, junior, Clemson; Jeffrey Simmons, junior, Mississippi State.

Linebackers — Cameron Smith, senior, Southern California; Troy Dye, junior, Oregon; Mack Wilson, sophomore, Alabama.

Cornerbacks — Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame.

Safeties — Lukas Dennis, senior, Boston College; Andrew Wingard, senior, Wyoming.

Punter — Jake Bailey, senior, Stanford.

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