The 2012 Heisman Pundit Preseason All-American Team — Defense

We did the offense yesterday, now for the defensive HP preseason All-Americans.  The season is nigh, so no commentary, just the list, fast and quick:

Defensive Tackle

First Team: Kawann Short, Purdue; Star Lotulelei, Utah

Second Team: Shariff Floyd, Florida; Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State

Third Team: Aaron Tipoti, Cal; Josh Boyd, Miss State

Honorable Mention: Jesse Williams, Alabama; John Jenkins, Georgia; Sylvester Williams, UNC

Defensive Ends

First Team: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Second Team: Sam Montgomery, LSU; William Gholston, MIchigan State

Third Team: Alex Okafor, Texas; Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Honorable Mention: Barkevious Mingo, LSU; Brandon Jenkins, FSU; Dion Jordan, Oregon

Inside Linebackers

First Team: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Second Team: James Vaughters, Stanford

Third Team: Arthur Brown, Kansas State

Honorable Mention: Shane Skov, Stanford; Chris Borland, Wisconsin; Kevin Reddick, UNC; Nico Johnson, Alabama

Outside Linebackers

First Team: Jarvis Jones, UGA; Chase Thomas, Stanford

Second Team: Jonathan Brown, Illinois; Jamie Collins, Southern Miss

Third Team: Sean Porter, Texas A&M; Hayes Pullard, USC

Honorable Mention: Sio Moore, UConn; Travis Brown, Fresno State; Jake Kott, Iowa Sate


First Team: David Amerson, NC State; Nickell Robey, USC

Second Team: Jonathan Banks, Miss State; Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Third Team: Dee Milliner, Alabama; Tharold Simon, LSU

Honorable Mention: Xavier Rhodes, FSU; Johnny Adams, Michigan State; Desmond Trufant, Washington


First Team: TJ McDonald, USC; Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Second Team: Eric Reid, LSU; Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Third Team: John Boyett, Oregon; Matt Elam, Florida

Honorable Mention: Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech; Jarred Holly, Pitt; CJ Barnett, Ohio State, DJ Swearinger, South Carolina

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