Who are the best and brightest stars going into the 2020 season? The CFN Preseason All-America Team – the defense.
They’re the biggest stars and best players going into the 2020 college football season. They’re the top defensive players for the CFN preseason All-America team.
CFN 2020 All-America Defensive Ends
CFN 2020 First Team All-America Defensive Ends
1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Soph. Oregon
This is working out just fine. The Ducks landed one of the nation’s top recruits last season – if not the one of ones – and he stepped in and became a factor right away. Expect a whole lot more from the 6-5, 242-pound next-level talent who made nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 34 stops in his true freshman season.
2. Carlos Basham, Sr. Wake Forest
In a conference LOADED with pass rushers – several ACC defensive ends who didn’t make the list could’ve been on with no question – Basham is able to stand out. The 6-5, 275-pounder has ideal size to go along with the quickness and talent to get behind the line, making 11 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, and 13 quarterback hurries.
CFN 2020 Second Team All-America Defensive Ends
3. DeAngelo Malone, Sr. WKU
And the nation’s leading returning defensive lineman in tackles for loss is … ? Malone has been a menace over the last two seasons, following up a 60-tackle, six-sack, nine-tackle-for-loss sophomore season with 99 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hurries last year. The 6-4, 230-pound is as consistent as any end in college football.
4. Wyatt Hubert, Jr. Kansas State
There were glimpses of potential greatness as a freshman with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss, and then last season he turned it up a few notches with a fabulous sophomore season with 33 tackles, seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. He’ll once again be one of the nation’s best pass rushers.
CFN 2020 Honorable Mention All-America Defensive Ends
5. George Karlaftis, Soph. Purdue
6. Eli Howard, Sr. Texas Tech
7. Quincy Roche, Sr. Miami
8. Dom Peterson, Jr. Nevada
9. Shaka Toney, Sr. Penn State
10. Rashad Weaver, Sr. Pitt
11. Zach Harrison, Soph. Ohio State
12. Jalen Redmond, Soph. Oklahoma