Many Stars To Be In Alabama Games

Most of the national college football awards which are presented in the post-season now have "watch lists" – players whose previous accomplishments make them pre-season candidates for various honors. This year's lists will be released July 9-19, and there will probably be the names of a lot of players who will be going against the Crimson Tide this season.

Last year, Alabama had a long list of players on various watch lists – offensive lineman Barrett Jones, center William Vlachos, tailback Trent Richardson, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, strong safety Mark Barron, and safety Robert Lester among them.

Most of those players are now working in NFL camps.

The only sure candidate from Alabama for watch lists in 2012 is senior offensive lineman Barrett Jones, and he's likely to be named on several, including the Outland Trophy, which he won last year as a junior.

Jones is the only Alabama player to make the College Football News pre-season All-America team. Two other Bama offensive linemen, D.J. Fluker (second team) and Chance Warmack (third team) were mentioned, as was defensive lineman Jesse Williams on second team defense and safety Robert Lester on third team defense.

But Alabama will be seeing plenty of All-America candidates across the line, beginning with the first game when the Tide meets Michigan on Sept. 1 in the Cowboys Classic. The Wolverines have first team pre-season All-America quarterback Denard Robinson and second team left tackle Taylor Lewan.

LSU really gets the attention of the CFN pre-season selectors. The Fighting Tigers have five men listed at six positions on the squads. They are first team offensive lineman Alex Hurst (who is the son of former Bama player Tim Hurst), third team offensive lineman Chris Faulk, first team defensive lineman Sam Montgomery, first team defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, and second team defensive back Eric Reid. Mathieu is also listed as the number two punt return specialist in the nation.

The first team punt return specialist on the CFT pre-season All-America team will also test Bama. He is Dustin Harris of Texas A&M. The Aggies debut in the Southeastern Conference with three players on the CFN squad – first team offensive lineman Luke Joeckel and second team linebacker Sean Porter, in addition to Harris.

Auburn has two honorees, third team right end Philip Lutzenkirchen and second team defensive lineman Corey Lemonier.

From Arkansas is second team tailback Knile Davis, from Tennessee second team wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, and from Mississippi State second team defensive back Johnthan Banks.

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