Two Notre Dame players are Preseason All-Americans

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The 2015 Preseason All-American list came out on Monday, and two Notre Dame linemen were selected to the first team.

The Fighting Irish have a Preseason All-American player on both sides of the ball. First, left tackle Ronnie Stanley was selected to the Preseason All-American first team.

Sporting News thinks Stanley is the most athletic linemen in college football. Stanley hasn’t missed a start in two seasons.

“The upside with Stanley is huge. He started every game at right tackle in 2013 and was named the Irish’s top offensive lineman last season as the starting left tackle. He’s as athletic as they came at his position.”

Linebacker Jaylon Smith made the Preseason All-American first team, as well. Sporting News said the Fighting Irish linebacker put up insane numbers last season and deserves his preseason rank.

A playmaker for the Irish defense, Smith had 112 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season.

The Fighting Irish finished 8-5 last season, but they’re projected to start the 2015 season in the top 10.

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