Sept 22 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Hakeem Smith (29) before a game against the Florida International Golden Panthers at FIU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Two UofL Players Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Teams

Earlier, the very skilled football writer Phil Steele made public his choices for the Preseason All-American Teams.  As I quickly hit CTRL+F and typed in “Louisville” before even reading the article, I quickly found that two Louisville players made the list.  One of which is Louisville’s very talented safety Hakeem Smith, who made Steele’s third-team list.  Smith will be a senior this year and looks to add on to his impressive career and 240+ tackles.  The other name I came across was Teddy Bridgewater, who made Steele’s fourth team squad.  Bridgewater is obviously Louisville’s multi-talented QB who made a name for himself last year and who, despite his denial of a Heisman Campaign, still looks to be a strong (pun intended) candidate to win it this season.

At first glance, I will say I was kind of shocked to see Bridgewater at 4th team, but some of the players ahead of him include 2012 Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel (1st team), and national champion AJ McCarron (3rd team).  The one I didn’t really like was Braxton Miller as a second-team player.  I realize that the Buckeyes were undefeated last year and that he will improve, but statistically, Bridgewater was just better than Miller last season.  Bridgewater threw for around 1700 more yards than Miller, as well as 12 more TDs and 3 more picks.  Ohio State does have more talent around Miller to help him than Louisville has to help Bridgewater, but Bridgewater is talented enough to keep producing successful plays no matter who he’s with.

The following is a list of Steele’s teams, and here’s a link to a Yahoo post on this.


1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Braxton Miller, Ohio State A.J. McCarron, Alabama Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama Todd Gurley, Georgia Lache Seastrunk, Baylor Silas Redd, USC
RB De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona Duke Johnson, Miami Damien Williams, Oklahoma
WR Marqise Lee, USC Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt Allen Robinson, Penn State Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson Cody Hoffman, BYU Brandin Cooks, Oregon State Tracy Moore, Oklahoma State
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama Mike Evans, Texas A&M Stefon Diggs, Maryland Davante Adams, Fresno State
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington Arthur Lynch, Georgia Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin Eric Ebron, North Carolina
C B.J. Finney, Kansas State Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Tyler Larsen, Utah State
G David Yankey, Stanford Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St. Andrew Norwell, Ohio State Anthony Steen, Alabama
G Cyril Richardson, Baylor Spencer Long, Nebraska Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA Tre’ Jackson, Florida State
T Taylor Lewan, Michigan Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama Zack Martin, Notre Dame Morgan Moses, Virginia
T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M Antonio Richardson, Tennessee James Hurst, North Carolina Jack Mewhort, Ohio State


1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas Scott Crichton, Oregon State Aaron Lynch, USF
DT Will Sutton, Arizona State Anthony Johnson, LSU Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh Daniel McCullers, Tennessee
DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame Timmy Jernigan, Florida State Dominique Easley, Florida Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame Devonte Fields, TCU Morgan Breslin, USC Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA Chris Borland, Wisconsin Shayne Skov, Stanford Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama Trent Murphy, Stanford A.J. Johnson, Tennessee Hayes Pullard, USC
LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU Max Bullough, Michigan State Khalil Mack, Buffalo Andrew Jackson, W. Kentucky
LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State Adrian Hubbard, Alabama Christian Jones, Florida State Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
CB Jason Verrett, TCU Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon Quandre Diggs, Texas Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
S Ed Reynolds, Stanford Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State Hakeem Smith, Louisville Marco Nelson, Tulsa
S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama Lamarcus Joyner, Florida St. Craig Loston, LSU Jordan Richards, Stanford


1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
K Cairo Santos, Tulane Chris Boswell, Rice Ross Martin, Duke Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson
P Kyle Christy, Florida Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State Richie Leone, Houston
KR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State Bernard Reedy, Toledo Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St. Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech
PR Marcus Murphy, Missouri Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State Spiffy Evans, Boston College Rashad Greene, Florida State
LS Scott Thompson, N.C. State Drew Howell, Oregon Matt Dooley, Indiana Reid Ferguson, LSU
AP Dri Archer, Kent State Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky Venric Mark, Northwestern



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