Running back Myles Gaskin and two members of Washington’s touted defensive backfield were named to the Associated Press preseason All-American team on Tuesday.
Gaskin, a senior, was named a first-team All American as an all-purpose player. He was joined on the first team by junior safety Taylor Rapp.
Sophomore cornerback Byron Murphy was named a second-team All American.
Only Clemson and Wisconsin, with three each, had more first-team All Americans than Washington. Alabama, Louisiana State, Stanford, Utah and West Virginia also had two first-teamers.
Gaskin rushed for 1,428 yards and 21 touchdowns, plus three receiving touchdowns, in 2017.
Rapp had 59 tackles and two sacks, while Murphy had a team-high three interceptions.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston were among the other highlights of the AP All-America team, chosen by AP poll voters. The team announced Tuesday also features West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and his teammate, receiver David Sills V.
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.
Selected for the team were:
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.
First-team 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.
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.
Second-team 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.