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Clemson, Tide lead AP All-America team

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team.

Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was joined on the first-team offense by Clemson running back Travis Etienne in the list released Tuesday and presented by Regions Bank . Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was a first-team selection on defense. Clemson and No. 2 Alabama tied for the most first-team selections with three.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, an All-American last season, was selected to the preseason first team, along with defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses.


Wife of Arkansas St. coach Anderson dies

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson, has died after a two-year fight with breast cancer. She was 49.

Blake Anderson says his wife died Monday night, just hours after the school announced he would be taking a leave of absence. He said on Twitter : "She passed as peacefully & gracefully as you could ever hope."


Freshman Nix named Auburn starting QB

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Freshman Bo Nix will make his Auburn debut as the starting quarterback on a big stage.

Nix was proclaimed the 16th-ranked Tigers' starter on Tuesday, ending a battle with redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood. Nix will take the field in Auburn's opener against No. 11 Oregon on Aug. 31 in Arlington, Texas.


Daniels will start at QB for USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) Sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels will start at Southern California for the second straight season.

Coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday that Daniels, who started 11 games as a freshman for the Trojans, won a four-man competition for the job over freshman Kedon Slovis, redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears.


Quarterman back at Miami with big goals

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Shaquille Quarterman took a long look at leaving Miami for the NFL after his junior season, and it would not have been a shocker to see the Hurricanes' best linebacker turn pro.

He ultimately came back, seeking a picture-perfect ending.


Tennessee State QB indicted for rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft has been indicted on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.

The 22-year-old Croft was released from jail Monday on $50,000 bond. An arraignment has been scheduled for Sept. 4.


Transfer QB Kendall named WVU starter

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Oklahoma graduate transfer Austin Kendall has been named West Virginia's starting quarterback for the Aug. 31 season opener against FCS James Madison.

West Virginia coach Neal Brown on Tuesday announced the choice of Kendall, who beat out three others.


Illinois to start ex-Michigan QB Peters

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has been named the starter for the season opener Aug. 31 at home against Akron.

Peters, a graduate transfer, is a former Mr. Football in Indiana who played 10 games with four starts at Michigan, passing for 680 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 58 of 110 passes in his first two seasons, including a career-high 20 completions for 186 yards in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.


Harris finally Alabama's primary runner

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Najee Harris has been a presence in Alabama's backfield since he arrived as one of the nation's top recruits.

He just hasn't been the leading man.


Kentucky QB Scalzo to have knee surgery

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo will undergo surgery after re-injuring his right knee during the Wildcats' second scrimmage.

Scalzo, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had surgery last fall as a high school senior for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee.

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