Sports Illustrated names three Ducks in preseason All-America Team

Kevin Cline

Three Oregon Ducks made it onto Sports Illustrated’s 2013 Preseason All-America Team that was posted online Thursday.

De’Anthony Thomas (all-purpose) made the first team list on Special Teams.  Hroniss Grasu (center) and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (cornerback) were both named to the second-team offense and defense respectively.

“[The] Ducks’ speedster is one of the nation’s most versatile threats as a back, receiver and return man,” said the post describing Thomas’ skills that make him a very valuable weapon on both ends of the field.

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Although this is just a preseason list and not an actual award, it does indicate the national media has taken a keen notice of football in Eugene.  Oregon should be proud to have three players listed on a national team, even if the season has yet to be played.

The top spot went to reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, quarterback for Texas A&M.  Defensive-end Jadeveon Clowney was tops on the defensive side.

Other names from the Pac-12 Conference include Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona), Marqise Lee (USC), Anthony Barr (UCLA) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington).  Stanford had the most selections with David Yankey, Ed Reynolds on the first team; Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov on the second.

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