Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams of USC, Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and Michigan running back Blake Corum are among the returning first-team players who were selected to the Associated Press preseason All-America team announced Monday.
Two-time defending national champion and No. 1 Georgia had the most players on the first team with four, tight end Brock Bowers, center Sedrick Van Pran, safety Malaki Starks and linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson.
Williams was named the AP Player of the Year before he won the Heisman last year, his first at USC after transferring from Oklahoma.
Corum was a Heisman contender last year until a late-season injury and returns to lead the second-ranked Wolverines, who are trying to reach the College Football Playoff for a third straight season. Michigan guard Zak Zinter was also selected to the first team.
The Wolverines — along with Big Ten rivals Penn State and Iowa, plus LSU and Washington — had two first-team selections.
The Big Ten led all conferences with 12 players on the first team, and the Southeastern Conference was next with seven.
The Pac-12 had five first-team selections, led by Williams and including Colorado two-way threat Travis Hunter, who is expected to play both receiver and cornerback for coach Deion Sanders.
Quarterback — Caleb Williams, third year, Southern California.
Running backs — Blake Corum, fourth year, Michigan; Quinshon Judkins, second year, Mississippi.
Tackles — Joe Alt, third year, Notre Dame; Olu Fashanu, fourth year, Penn State.
Guards — Cooper Beebe, fifth year, Kansas State; Zak Zinter, fourth year, Michigan.
Center — Sedrick Van Pran, fourth year, Georgia.
Tight end — Brock Bowers, third year, Georgia.
Wide receivers — Marvin Harrison Jr., third year, Ohio State; Rome Odunze, fourth year, Washington; Emeka Egbuka, third year, Ohio State.
All-purpose player — Travis Hunter, second year, Colorado.
Kicker — Joshua Karty, fourth year, Stanford.
Linebackers — Harold Perkins, second year, LSU; Jamon Dumas-Johnson, third year, Georgia; Tommy Eichenberg, fourth year, Ohio State.
Safeties — Kam Kinchens, third year, Miami; Malaki Starks, second year, Georgia.
Defensive back — Cooper DeJean, third year, Iowa.
Punter — Tory Taylor, fourth year, Iowa.
Quarterback — Drake Maye, third year, North Carolina.
Center — Zach Frazier, fourth year, West Virginia.
Tight end — Oronde Gadsden, third year, Syracuse.
All-purpose player — Will Shipley, third year, Clemson.
Kicker — John Hoyland, third year, Wyoming.
Defensive back — Will Johnson, second year, Michigan.
Punter — Kai Kroeger, fourth year, South Carolina.