2014 AFI ALL-USA Preseason Football Team: Defense

The 2014 Preseason American Family Insurance All-USA Football Team was selected by USA TODAY Sports' Jim Halley. All statistics are from last season. All of the players on the team are seniors, except for five juniors, who are noted by an asterisk.


Terry Beckner Jr., DE, 6-4, 260

East St. Louis, Ill.

Undecided recruit had 123 tackles, including eight sacks.

Byron Cowart, DE, 6-4, 250

Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)

Undecided recruit had 72 tackles, including 13 sacks, and two fumble returns for touchdowns.

CeCe Jefferson, DE, 6-3, 275

Baker County (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)

Undecided recruit had 68 tackles and 171/2 sacks.

Josh Sweat, DE, 6-5, 240

Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)

Undecided recruit had 94 tackles and 22 sacks. Very athletic with a 4.59-

second 40 and 331/2-inch vertical leap.

*Rashan Gary, DT, 6-4, 290

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic

As a sophomore, he had 58 tackles (13 for loss), two sacks and four forced fumbles.

Albert Huggins, DT, 6-4, 280

Orangeburg-Wilkinson (Orangeburg, S.C.)

Undecided recruit had 65 tackles, including 11 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Daylon Mack, DT, 6-2, 297

Gladewater, Texas

Texas A&M commit had 61 tackles, including 18 for loss, with two sacks and four forced fumbles.

Kahlil McKenzie, DT, 6-4, 341

Clayton Valley (Concord, Calif.)

Tennessee commit, son of former NFL player Reggie McKenzie, had 74 tackles and 12 sacks.

Adam McLean, DT, 6-1, 282

Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.)

Penn State commit had 47 tackles, including 10 for loss, with seven sacks.

Daron Payne, DT, 6-3, 300

Shades Valley (Birmingham, Ala.)

Undecided recruit had 65 tackles — 16 for loss, including three sacks — and can bench press 445 pounds.

Tim Settle, DT, 6-2, 295

Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, Va.)

Undecided recruit had 92 tackles, 37 for loss, and three forced fumbles.

Trenton Thompson, DT, 6-4, 280

Westover (Albany, Ga.)

Georgia commit had 83 tackles, including 38 for loss, with 12 sacks.

Justin Hilliard, LB, 6-2, 216

St.Xavier (Cincinnati)

Ohio State commit had 76 tackles, with seven for loss, and one interception in seven games.

Jeffery Holland, LB, 6-2, 220

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

Undecided recruit had 48 tackles, including 171/2 for loss, and 111/2 sacks.

Malik Jefferson, LB, 6-3, 222

Poteet (Mesquite, Texas)

Undecided recruit had 93 tackles and 14 sacks last season.

*Keion Joyner, LB, 6-3, 200

Havelock, N.C.

As a sophomore, he had 108 tackles, including 19 for loss, with two interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Leo Lewis, LB, 6-3, 228

Brookhaven, Miss.

Alabama commit had 100 tackles, with 71 solo tackles and five sacks.

*Lyndell Wilson, LB, 6-2, 216

Carver (Montgomery, Ala.)

As a sophomore, he had 61 tackles with seven sacks.

Shaun Crawford, DB, 5-10, 175

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)

Notre Dame commit had 82 tackles, including eight for loss, and two interceptions. Scored 10 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, 6-0, 183

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City)

Alabama commit had 83 tackles, including 38 for loss, and 12 sacks.

Kevin Henry, DB, 6-1, 200

Central (Baton Rouge)

LSU commit had 47 tackles, including six for loss, with two interceptions.

Iman Marshall, DB, 6-1, 175

Poly (Long Beach)

Undecided recruit had 64 tackles and didn't allow a completion in six league games.

Kendall Sheffield, DB, 5-11, 181

Marshall (Missouri City, Texas)

Undecided recruit had 39 tackles and three interceptions.

Kevin Toliver II, DB, 6-2, 180

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)

LSU commit had 36 tackles and two interceptions. Uses his size well against receivers and is not afraid to be physical. Also plays quarterback.

Joseph Charlton, P, 6-5, 180

A.C. Flora (Columbia, S.C.)

South Carolina commit averaged more than 45 yards a punt with a hang time of 5.3 seconds.


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