State’s Chubb, Samuels earn preseason All-America honors

Defensive end Bradley Chubb was selected to the first team by the Associated Press while all-purpose back Jaylen Samuels was named to the second team. NC natives Harold Landry and Dexter Lawrence also earned first team recognition

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NC State's Bradley Chubb speaks with the media on Thursday at the ACC's Football Kickoff event in Charlotte last month

NC State teammates Bradley Chubb and Jaylen Samuels added to their list of preseason honors Tuesday when both were named to the Associated Press preseason All-America team.

Chubb, a senior who is listed on the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik, Bronco Nagurski and Ted Hendricks awards, ranks second in school history behind former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Mario Williams with 22 career tackles for loss. He was selected as a first team defensive end by the panel of 50 media members from across the country.

Joining him as a first-team preseason All-American at defensive end is Boston College’s Harold Landry, a native of Spring Lake and a graduate of Pine Forest High School. Clemson sophomore Dexter Lawrence, from Wake Forest High School, was named a first team defensive tackle.

Saumels, meanwhile, was the second team selection at the newly created “all-purpose” position.

The senior running back/tight end/wide receiver led the Wolfpack with 55 catches last season and was also the team’s third-leading rusher. His 31 career touchdowns (15 receiving, 16 rushing), are sixth in school history. He is also on the watch lists for the Maxwell and Paul Hornung Awards.

In all, 12 players were included on the two All-America teams.

The Florida State duo of cornerback Tavarus McFadden and safety Derwin James, Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander and Pittsburgh’s Quadree Henderson at “all purpose” were the others besides Chubb and Landry to earn first team recognition.

Joining Samuels as second team selections were reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser and Virginia safety Quin Blanding.