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5 Tigers named to Sports Illustrated preseason All American team

Tyrann Mathieu led LSU in tackles and the nation in forced fumbles last season. (AP Photo) Tyrann Mathieu led LSU in tackles and the nation in forced fumbles last season. (AP Photo)

New Orleans, La. - Talk about a turnaround.   

After a disappointing ending to the 2011 college football season, LSU is racking up a lot of preseason recognition.  The USA Today Coaches' Poll recently ranked the team No. 1.   Now, Sports Illustrated has named Tigers to its preseason All-American teams.

Tyrann Mathieu, also known as "The Honey Badger," was named to the first team twice – once as a defensive back and once as a return specialist.  Mathieu was a Heisman finalist as a sophomore.

In all, five LSU players were named to the first and second teams.   Mathieu, defensive end Sam Montgomery, Jr., safety Eric Reid and punter Brad Wing were named to the first team.  Tackle Chris Faulk was the only LSU offensive player listed.  He was named to the second team. 

Alabama had three players named.  The Southeastern Conference led all FBS leagues with seven teams and 14 players. 

Here are the entire first and second teams…



QB Matt Barkley, Sr., USC

RB Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin

RB Marcus Lattimore, Jr., South Carolina

WR Robert Woods, Jr., USC

WR Sammy Watkins, So., Clemson

TE Tyler Eifert, Jr., Notre Dame

T Ricky Wagner, Sr., Wisconsin

G Jonathan Cooper, Sr., North Carolina

C Barrett Jones, Sr., Alabama

G Chance Warmack, Sr., Alabama

T Luke Joeckel, Jr., Texas A&M


DE Jadeveon Clowney, So., South Carolina

DT Kawann Short, Sr., Purdue

DT Star Lotulelei, Sr., Utah

DE Sam Montgomery, Jr., LSU

LB Jarvis Jones, Jr., Georgia

LB Manti Te'o, Sr., Notre Dame

LB Chase Thomas, Sr., Stanford

CB Tyrann Mathieu, Jr., LSU

S T.J. McDonald, Sr., USC

S Eric Reid, Jr., LSU

CB David Amerson, Jr., NC State


K Quinn Sharp, Sr., Oklahoma State

P Brad Wing, So., LSU

Returns Tyrann Mathieu, Jr., LSU

All-purpose De'Anthony Thomas, So., Oregon



QB Geno Smith, Sr., West Virginia

RB Rex Burkhead, Sr., Nebraska

RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon

WR Marquess Wilson, Jr., Washington State

WR Marqise Lee, So., USC

WR Keenan Allen, Jr., Cal

T Chris Faulk, Jr., LSU

G Travis Frederick, Jr., Wisconsin

C Gabe Ikard, Jr., Oklahoma

G Omoregie Uzzi, Sr., Georgia Tech

T D.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama


DL Brandon Jenkins, Sr., Florida State

DL Alex Okafor, Sr., Texas

DL William Gholston, Jr., Michigan State

DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Jr., Texas

LB Arthur Brown, Sr., Kansas State

LB Khaseem Greene, Sr., Rutgers

LB Shayne Skov, Jr., Stanford

CB Jonathan Banks, Sr., Mississippi State

S Tony Jefferson, Jr. Oklahoma

S John Boyett, Sr., Oregon

CB Brodrick Brown, Sr., Oklahoma State


K Caleb Sturgis, Sr., Florida

P Ryan Allen, Sr., Louisiana Tech

Returns Tyler Lockett, So., Kansas State

All-purpose Tavon Austin, Sr., West Virginia


Conference breakdown:


SEC – seven teams and 14 players

Pac 12 – six teams and 12 players

Big 12 – five teams and 11 players

ACC – five teams and 5 players

Big Ten – four teams and 6 players

Big East – one team and 1 player

Independent – one team and 1 player

WAC – one team and 1 player

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