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.
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.