Nov 12, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA;Florida Gators defensive back Duke Dawson (7) rushes against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gators’ Duke Dawson and Eddy Piniero Named AP Preseason All-Americans

In conjunction with the release of the top-25 poll, the Associated Press today released their preseason All-American selections, with two Gators landing on the list.

Making the Cut

Both senior cornerback Duke Dawson and Kicker Eddy Piniero were named second-team selections.

Dawson comes into the 2017 season as a leader of a young secondary, alongside safety Nick Washington and following the loss of Marcell Harris. The senior will transition from slot corner in to one of the outside corner roles taken up by Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson last season. Dawson tallied a team-high seven pass breakups last season and registered 24 tackles.

Piniero, meanwhile, broke out as a fan favorite last season and figures to be a weapon for the Gators in 2017 with his strong leg. Piniero nailed all three of his field goal attempts of 50 or more yards. In addition, he tied for third in the country by averaging 1.85 field goals per game, and led the FBS with a 64.8-yard average on kickoffs.

Other Notables

The SEC landed five players on the first team list, including LSU running back Derrius Guice, Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk, and Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. On the second team, five others from the SEC joined Dawson and Piniero, including Georgia running back Nick Chubb and Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley.

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