Sports Illustrated names three Ducks in preseason All-America Team

Thomas will help Oregon transition under Helfrich

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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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Nick Filipas

Nick Filipas

Nicholas Filipas is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism with an emphasis in magazine journalism. Nicholas was born in southern California, raised in Portland, OR and now resides in Nashville, TN. His favorite teams include the Portland Trail Blazers, San Francisco 49ers/Giants and the Ducks since enrolling in 2011. His dream job is to be a professional NBA beat writer in a major city. Follow him on Twitter: @nicholasfilipas