Micah Parsons, Pat Freiermuth Named First-Team Preseason All-Americans by Athlon

By Nick Polak on July 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Sep 7, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bulls at Beaver Stadium.
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While the upcoming fall season may be unsure, what is very clear is that college football can't wait to see what Micah Parsons and Pat Freiermuth do next. The two were named preseason first-team All-Americans by Athlon Sports. They were the only Nittany Lions to appear on any of the four preseason teams.

Penn State's dynamic duo is widely expected to wreak havoc whenever the season gets underway and prove why they have been named to essentially every watch list and All-America team this preseason has had to offer.

Somewhat surprisingly though, was running back Journey Brown not being named to any of the four teams (each of which listed two running backs, with a possible third in the all-purpose position). All in all, Travis Etienne, Chuba Hubbard, Najee Harris, Jaret Patterson, Kenneth Gainwell, Kennedy Brooks, Kylin Hill, Max Borghi, Javian Hawkins, and CJ Verdell were all given honors at the position, while Brown was left off.

But hey, he's only a guy that some are projecting to be a first-round pick in the next NFL Draft, so what do we know?

Despite Brown's snub, Penn State is one of only two Big Ten schools with two first-teamers. And even that comes with an asterisk since the other team is Iowa, and both of their first-teamers are specialists. The other conference foes to make the teams are listed below.

Team Player
First Team Wyatt Davis, OL (Ohio State)
Keith Duncan, K (Iowa)
Ihmir Smith-Marsette, KR (Iowa)
Second Team Justin Fields, QB (Ohio State)
Rashod Bateman, WR (Minnesota)
Cole Van Lanen, OL (Wisconsin)
Alaric Jackson, OL (Iowa)
Shaun Wade, CB (Ohio State)
Blake Hayes, K (Illinois)
Third Team Chris Olave, WR (Ohio State)
Tyler Linderbaum, C (Iowa)
Rashawn Slater, OL (Northwestern)
Aidan Hutchinson, DL (Michigan)
Adam Korsak, P (Rutgers)
Fourth Team Josh Myers, C (Ohio State)
Thayer Munford, OL (Ohio State)
George Karlaftis, DL (Purdue)
Paddy Fisher, LB (Northwestern)