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Bama's Fitzpatrick, Auburn's Carlson land on AP All-American 1st team

Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown against Arkansas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (abc3340.com)

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put on a show at the Rose Bowl last season and established themselves as two of the biggest stars in college football coming into 2017.

The two Heisman Trophy contenders highlight the first preseason All-America team in the history of The Associated Press.

Darnold passed for 453 yards and five touchdowns in USC's 52-49 victory over the Nittany Lions. Barkley ran for 194 yards and scored three touchdowns against USC.

The AP All-America team is the longest-running annual honor roll of the nation's top college football players, dating to 1925, and is usually released after the season. Darnold was voted to the first team by a panel of 51 Top 25 voters, edging out Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who is the second-team quarterback on the teams released Tuesday.

The first-team defense is led by Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and two defensive backs from Florida State. The ACC led all conferences with seven players on the first team.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback -- Sam Darnold, sophomore, Southern California

Running backs -- Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State; Derrius Guice, junior, LSU.

Tackles -- Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Connor Williams, junior, Texas.

Guards -- Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Cody O'Connell, senior, Washington State.

Center -- Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.

Tight end -- Mike Gesicki, junior, Penn State.

Wide receivers -- James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Christian Kirk, junior, Texas A&M.

All-purpose player -- Quadree Henderson, junior, Pittsburgh.

Kicker -- Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.

DEFENSE

Ends -- Harold Landry, senior, Boston College; Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State.

Tackles -- Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Dexter Lawrence, sophomore, Clemson.

Linebackers -- Arden Key, junior, LSU; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; Azeem Victor, senior, Washington.

Cornerbacks -- Tavarus McFadden, junior, Florida State; Jaire Alexander, junior, Louisville.

Safeties -- Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama.

Punter -- Mitch Wishnowsky, junior, Utah.

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback -- Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.

Running backs -- Nick Chubb, senior, Georgia; Bo Scarbrough, junior, Alabama.

Tackles -- Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.

Guards -- Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.

Center -- Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.

Tight end -- Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.

Wide receivers -- Calvin Ridley, junior, Alabama; Courtland Sutton, junior, SMU.

All-purpose player -- Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.

Kicker -- Eddy Pineiro, sophomore, Florida.

DEFENSE

Ends -- Tyquan Lewis, senior, Ohio State; Rashan Gary, sophomore, Michigan.

Tackles -- Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson; Vita Vea, junior, Washington.

Linebackers -- Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tegray Scales, senior, Indiana; Cameron Smith, junior, Southern California.

Cornerbacks -- Duke Dawson, senior, Florida; Iman Marshall, junior, Southern California.

Safeties -- Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia; Godwin Igewbuike, senior, Northwestern.

Punter -- JK Scott, senior, Alabama.

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