Delpit Named Sporting News Preseason All-America

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BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: Grant Delpit #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU Tigers won 36-16. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

 Grant Delpit, one of only nine unanimous All-America selections in LSU history, has been tabbed as a preseason All-America by Sporting News, the publication announced on Wednesday.

Delpit, who was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy last year, is coming off one of the most impressive seasons for a LSU defender in school history. The first team All-Southeastern Conference selection, racked up 74 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and led the league in interceptions with five in helping the Tigers to a No. 6 final ranking and a 10-3 overall record. 

Of Delpit, the Sporting News said, β€œhe is more than just numbers. He’s a team leader and great ambassador for the college game. He will compete for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award this season.”

2019 Sporting News Preseason All-America Teams

First-Team

Offense
QB: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
RB: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
WR: Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
TE: Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
OT: Andrew Thomas, Georgia
OG: Shane Lemieux, Oregon
C: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
OG: Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame
OT: Walker Little, Stanford
ATH: Rondale Moore, Purdue

Defense
DL: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
DL: Derrick Brown, Auburn
DL: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
DL: Chase Young, Ohio State
LB: Dylan Moses, Alabama
LB: Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
LB: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
CB: CJ Henderson, Florida
CB: Bryce Hall, Virginia
CB: Andre Cisco, Syracuse
S: Grant Delpit, LSU

Specialists
PK: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
P: Braden Mann, Texas A&M
RS: Isaiah Wright, Temple

Second-team

Offense
QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama 
RB: D’Andre Swift, Georgia 
RB: J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State 
WR: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma 
WR: Justyn Ross, Clemson 
TE: Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri 
OT: Mekhi Becton, Louisville
OT: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama 
C: Nick Harris, Washington 
OG: Logan Stenberg, Kentucky 
OG: Ben Bredeson, Michigan 
ATH: Tra Minter, South Alabama

Defense
DL: Raekwon Davis, Alabama 
DL: Nick Coe, Auburn 
DL: Xavier Thomas, Clemson 
DL: Curtis Weaver, Boise State 
LB: Shaquille Quarterman, Miami 
LB: Joe Bachie, Michigan State 
LB: Anfernee Jennings, Alabama 
CB: Lavert Hill, Michigan 
CB: Jaylon Johnson, Utah 
S: Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame 
S: Xavier McKinney, Alabama

Specialists
PK: Cooper Rothe, Wyoming
P: Ryan Stonehouse, Colorado State
RS: Savon Scarver, Utah State

(Press Release Provided by LSU Athletics)

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