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Utahns Penei Sewell, Jay Tufele among AP preseason All-Americans not playing

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FILE: In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell (58) looks on as Oregon plays Auburn in an NCAA college football game, in Arlington, Texas. Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, who are not slated to play this fall.

Ron Jenkins, Associated Press

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first team who are not slated to play this fall.

Sewell, who prepped at Desert Hills High, is one of two Utahns on the All-America list, along with former Bingham High and USC defensive tackle Jay Tufele, a second-team All-American who declared for the NFL draft last week.

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.

The All-Americans who will play this season include Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard and LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

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FILE: Southern California defensive lineman Jay Tufele (78) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. Southern California won 35-31.

David Zalubowski, Associated Press

AP Preseason All-America Team

The 2020 AP Preseason All-America Team (x-team not scheduled to play in the fall; y-opted out of season):

FIRST TEAM

Offense

  • 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.
  • Guards — x-Wyatt Davis, junior, Ohio State; Trey Smith, senior, Tennessee.
  • 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.

Defense

  • Ends — x-Kayvon Thibodeaux, sophomore, Oregon; y-Gregory Rousseau, junior, Miami.
  • Tackles — Marvin Wilson, senior, Florida State; y-Jaylen Twyman, junior, Pitt.
  • Linebackers — y-Micah Parsons, junior, Penn State; x-Hamilcar Rashed Jr., senior, Oregon State; Dylan Moses, senior, Alabama.
  • Cornerbacks — Derek Stingley Jr., sophomore, LSU; x-Shaun Wade, junior, Ohio State.
  • Safeties — Richard LeCounte, senior, Georgia; Andre Cisco, junior, Syracuse.
  • Punter — Max Duffy, senior, Kentucky.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

  • Quarterback — x-Justin Fields, junior, Ohio State.
  • Running backs — Najee Harris, sneior, Alabama; Kenneth Gainwell, sophomore, Memphis.
  • Tackles — Samuel Cosmi, junior, Texas; x-Cole Van Lanen, senior, Wisconsin.
  • Guards — x-Nolan Laufenberg, senior, Air Force; x-Alijah Vera-Tucker, junior, Southern California.
  • Center — x-Tyler Linderbaum, junior, Iowa.
  • Tight end — Charlie Kolar, junior, Iowa State.
  • Receivers — Tylan Wallace, senior, Oklahoma State; y-Rashod Bateman, junior, Minnesota.
  • All-purpose player — Jaylen Waddle, junior, Alabama.
  • Kicker — Gabe Brkic, sophomore, Oklahoma.

Defense

  • Ends — Carlos Basham, senior, Wake Forest; Quincy Roche, senior, Miami.
  • Tackles — y-Jay Tufele, junior, Southern California; x-Levi Onwuzurike, senior, Washington.
  • Linebackers — Chazz Surratt senior, North Carolina; Nick Bolton, junior, Missouri; x-Paddy Fisher, senior, Northwestern.
  • Cornerbacks — Patrick Surtain II, junior, Alabama; y-Caleb Farley, junior, Virginia Tech.
  • Safeties — x-Jevon Holland, junior, Oregon; Trevon Moehrig, junior, TCU.
  • Punter — x-Adam Korsak, junior, Rutgers.