Saint Louis graduate Herbig selected as AP preseason All-American

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Saint Louis graduate Nate Herbig was selected to the Associated Press preseason All-American team on Tuesday, ten days ahead of kickoff to his junior season.

The Stanford Offensive Guard was named to the first-team which also includes Heisman Trophy runner-up and Cardinal running back Bryce Love.

So far this off-season Herbig who was an All-Pac-12 first team selection in 2017 after playing in 13-games which included leading the Cardinal to a 656-total yard performance against Rice and a 405-yard rushing effort against UCLA.

At 6-foot-4 and 337-pounds, Herbig is the second ranked prospect in the country according to draftscout.com and was ranked 66th on the CBS Sports Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft.

There are a handful of preseason honors for the 2015 Cover2 Olin Kreutz Award finalist as Hawaii High School Football lineman of the year . Herbig was selected to the Outland Trophy watch list, Athlon preseason All-America second team, Sporting News preseason All-America second team, and SI.com preseason All-America first team.

Stanford will open their season against San Diego State on August 31.

Love, along with Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards and Utah kicker Matt Gay, were the only players who made first team All-American after last season and first team to start this season. 

Love ran for 2,118 yards and 8.05 per carry last season and was second to Baker Mayfield in the Heisman Trophy voting.
    
Oliver was a second-team All-American last year after being first team as a freshman in 2016.
    
Clemson and Wisconsin led the way with three players on the first team. Alabama and Wisconsin each had a total of five players on the first and second teams combined.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback – Will Grier, senior, West Virginia.

Running backs – Bryce Love, senior, Stanford; Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin.

Tackles – Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson.

Guards – Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Nate Herbig, junior, Stanford.

Center – Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama.

Tight end – Noah Fant, junior, Iowa.

Receivers – A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia.

All-purpose player – Myles Gaskin, senior, Washington.

Kicker – Matt Gay, senior, Utah.

Defense

Ends – Nick Bosa, junior, Ohio State; Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson.

Tackles – Ed Oliver, junior, Houston; Christian Wilkins, Senior, Clemson.

Linebackers – Devin White, junior, LSU; Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; T.J. Edwards, senior, Wisconsin.

Cornerbacks – Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia.

Safeties – Jaquan Johnson, senior, Miami; Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington.

Punter – Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah.

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SECOND TEAM

Offense

Quarterback – Trace McSorley, senior, Penn State.

Running backs – A.J. Dillon, sophomore, Boston College; Damien Harris, junior, Alabama.

Tackles – David Edwards, junior, Wisconsin; Greg Little, junior, Mississippi.

Guards – Alex Bars, senior, Notre Dame; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin.

Center – Sam Mustipher, senior, Notre Dame.

Tight end – Kaden Smith, junior, Stanford.

Receivers – N’Keal Harry, junior, Arizona State; Anthony Johnson, senior, Buffalo.

All-purpose player – Deebo Samuel. senior, South Carolina.

Kicker – Rodrigo Blankenship, junior, Georgia.

Defense

Ends – Rashan Gary, junior, Michigan; Raekwon Davis, junior, Alabama.

Tackles – Dexter Lawrence, junior, Clemson; Jeffrey Simmons, junior, Mississippi State.

Linebackers – Cameron Smith, senior, Southern California; Troy Dye, junior, Oregon; Mack Wilson, sophomore, Alabama.

Cornerbacks – Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame.

Safeties – Lukas Dennis, senior, Boston College; Andrew Wingard, senior, Wyoming.

Punter – Jake Bailey, senior, Stanford.

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