The Sporting News 2020 preseason All-America team was announced on Monday with Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey and kicker Gabe Brkic are listed as first-teamers. Both are more than deserving and are likely candidates to be on the team at season’s end.
Humphrey was a second-team All-American by the AP, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation at the end of last season. In 2018 he was second-team All-Conference after his redshirt freshman season. He’s no longer a rising star for the Sooners, he’s one of the most notable players on the roster and seems destined to be a first-round draft selection.
Humphrey was a Rimington Award finalist who emerged as one of the nation’s best interior linemen in 2019. Humphrey started in all 14 games at center, did not allow a sack and figures to be the anchor of another strong Sooners offensive line in 2020.TSN
Brkic is a rising star though. Taking over the starting kicking responsibilities well after the 2019 season began, the redshirt freshman was perfect on both field goals (17/17) and PATs (52/52).
Brkic didn’t miss a kick last season. He finished 52 of 52 on extra points and 17 of 17 on field goals. That included a 4 of 4 clip from 40 yards or more. It’s hard to argue with those resultsTSN
End of Season Candidates
You never want to take away the accomplishment of a guy’s preseason love but the awards you’re really looking for are the one’s that arrive at the end of the season, otherwise Sam Ehlinger would be the most decorated player in the Big 12. Brkic and Humphrey both have the spotlight right now but who else has the chance to bring home some All-American accolades when the season ends?
In the absence of Trey Sermon, Brooks could end up having a career season in number of carries. Even with sharing the backfield on a regular basis, Brooks has rushed for more than a thousand yards in back-to-back seasons and has career yards per carry average of 7.5.
An All-Big 12 second team selection in 2019, Hall played in all 14 of Oklahoma’s games. Averaging 11.4 yards per reception over the last two season, the junior H-Back could end up being a secret weapon in Lincoln Riley’s offense as the Sooners break in a young crop of receivers.
A front line teammate of Humphrey, Ealy started 12 games last season at right tackle and was a second team all-conference selection. If you’re looking for an offensive lineman not named Creed Humphrey to make NFL scouts look his way in 2020 then Ealy is your man.
Eleven sacks over the last two seasons have put a high ceiling for Perkins going into his junior campaign in 2020. Last season alone the St. Louis, Missouri native recorded 13.5 tackles for loss.
There’s hesitation here though because it is very likely that he will start the season with a multiple-game suspension that would most likely severely damage his chances to be named to an All-American team.
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