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Floyd, Rudolph named first-team preseason All-Americans

May 12, 2010, 12:57 PM EST

The first of many mostly trivial preseason awards was released with two Notre Dame stars front and center on the All-American first team. (I state trivial because remember the Tim Tebow, not unanimous preseason All-SEC?)

Worthless or not, both Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph were named to Lindy’s All-American team. Here is the entire squad:

Offense        
QB Kellen Moore 6-0 187 Jr. Boise State
RB Mark Ingram 5-10 215 Jr. Alabama
RB Dion Lewis 5-8 195 So. Pittsburgh
WR Michael Floyd 6-3 220 Jr. Notre Dame
WR A.J. Green 6-4 205 Jr. Georgia
TE Kyle Rudolph 6-6 265 Jr. Notre Dame
C Mike Pouncey 6-4 310 Sr. Florida
OL Rodney Hudson 6-2 285 Sr. Florida State
OL Stefen Wisniewski 6-3 297 Sr. Penn State
OL Gabe Carimi 6-7 315 Sr. Wisconsin
OL Anthony Castonzo 6-7 295 Sr. Boston College
PK Kai Forbath 6-0 192 Sr. UCLA

Defense      
DL Adrian Clayborn 6-3 282 Sr. Iowa
DL Greg Romeus 6-6 270 Sr. Pittsburgh
DL Stephen Paea 6-1 311 Sr. Oregon State
DL Jared Crick 6-6 285 Jr. Nebraska
LB Greg Jones 6-1 228 Sr. Michigan State
LB Von Miller 6-3 240 Sr. Texas A&M
LB Quan Sturdivant 6-2 230 Jr. North Carolina
CB Patrick Peterson 6-1 211 Jr. LSU
CB Prince Amukamara 6-1 205 Sr. Nebraska
S Rahim Moore 6-1 195 Jr. UCLA
S DeAndre McDaniel 6-1 210 Sr. Clemson
P Drew Butler 6-2 203 Jr. Georgia

The Irish are the only team with two regulars on the first-team offense, a good reminder that even without Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate this Irish offense has a chance to be pretty prolific. (As well as a reminder of what could’ve been…)

Notre Dame will get a chance to see other All-American selections against Michigan State, where standout linebacker Greg Jones was named first team, as well as against Pittsburgh, where both defensive lineman Greg Romeus and running back Dion Lewis will be waiting.

  1. ugetwutuask4 - May 12, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    It’s a crazy thought to think what if Clausen and Tate would have stuck around? ND Nation can you imagine going from not being ranked at all at the end of last season to pre-season top 5 and from a 6-6 team to a 12-0 undefeated team with a number 1 ranking and a Natin’l Championship? If the defense plays the way we think they are capable of playing this year it will go to show that this class could have fielded possibly the best ND team in ND’s illustrious history, at least on offense anyway along with a couple of other first team All-Americans making the list. I guess we’re just stuck guessing what if?
    Go Irish!!!

  2. TLNDMA - May 12, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Thought there was a new attitude??? NFL nah, Pre season honors Nah, VICTORY YES!!! that other stuff will follow.

  3. E-Man - May 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    The only other name that jumped out at me on the list was Kai Forbath, who Charlie recruited heavily and basically gave him a ultimatum to commit with ND or not.
    Word on the street was that he was UCLA all along, and we’ll never know what might have been, but if we’re going to talk about Clausen and Tate passing up on potentially the last year of no rookie salary cap in the NFL to try and get integrated into a new offensive system, we might as well explore all angles.
    Didn’t see any other toss-up recruits on the list… anyone else?

  4. michael - May 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Let us not forget that if it werent for touchdown charlie this would not be possible.

  5. sr.c14 - May 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    What might have been? I agree, there is a lot of talent and potential. Blah blah blah. We’ve all heard that for the past three or four years now. When Quinn came back, that was going to be the best season yet. All it turned out to be was overhyped. Same thing last year. Claussen and Tate went pro because they really did not have much potential left to cultivate in college. You might say they had unfinished business, but they wouldn’t have been substantially better players in ND’s program. If the Defense doesn’t contribute, they’re 6-6 again with another easy schedule. I hope that I’m wrong, but I’ve believed in the hype the last few years and have only been disappointed.

  6. martyks - May 20, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    It didn’t happen. But even if they had stayed, the best in ND history? Uhhmmm… that’s a pretty big statement, even when you do qualify that with and IF. Possibly, though… except, it didn’t happen, and would not have happened even if CW had stayed. And who gave Clausen the advice to leave? Bad idea!

  7. Indiana Joe - May 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    I think, under Kelly, Crist will be better than Clausen. Don’t forget the addition of condition, motivation and believing in themselves to a team that already had some pretty good talent will result in a very good season.
    All Irish fans have to be excited about the 2010 season. I sure am.

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