CFN 2020 Preseason All-America Team: Defense

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CFN 2020 Preseason All-America Team: Defense

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CFN 2020 Preseason All-America Team: Defense

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CFN 2020 All-America Linebackers

CFN 2020 First Team All-America Linebackers

1. Dylan Moses, Jr. Alabama
If it seemed like the Alabama defense was missing its normal thump last year, that’s because it was missing its thumper. The 6-3, 233-pound Moses missed the season with a knee injury, but now he’s back with something to prove. He made 86 tackles with 3.5 sacks and ten tackles for loss in 2018.

2. Hamilcar Rashed, Sr. Oregon State
One of the nation’s best all-around playmakers in the backfield, Rashed was third in the country in sacks and led the way with 22.5 tackles for loss. An all-around playmaker, he’ll be turned loose once again in his hybrid role on the outside of an improving Beaver D.

3. Nick Bolton, Jr. Missouri
While he’s not a national name, and it’s tough to stand out as a defensive player in the SEC, the 6-0, 235-pound Bolton is about to blow up as the veteran who’ll fit in nicely on the weakside under the new coaching staff. He made 107 tackles with a sack and 7.5 tackles for loss, and he’s fantastic in pass coverage with two picks and eight broken up passes.

CFN 2020 Second Team All-America Linebackers

4. Antjuan Simmons, Sr. Michigan State
Undersized, the 6-0, 216-pound Spartan leading tackler will be the main man for new Mel Tucker defense. He can get all over the field, making 90 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. The athleticism and speed are there to do a whole lot more.

5. Monty Rice, Sr. Georgia
The 6-1, 235-pound senior might not do a whole lot in the backfield – he didn’t come up with a sack, but he did apply a ton of pressure – but he’s a tough hitter in the middle of the great Bulldog defense with 89 stops last season.

6. KJ Britt, Sr. Auburn
A tough 6-0, 243-pound thumper who cleaned up everything behind the great Tiger line, Britt made 69 tackles with ten tackles for loss in his all-star season. Great in the classroom as well as on the field, he’s a team leader and the new star of another great D.

CFN 2020 Honorable Mention All-America Linebackers

7. Chazz Surratt, Sr. North Carolina
8. Garret Wallow, Sr. TCU
9. Nate Landman, Sr. Colorado
10. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Sr. Notre Dame
11. Rayshard Ashby, Sr. Virginia Tech
12. Paddy Fisher, Sr. Northwestern

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