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Six Michigan football players named preseason All-Big Ten by Lindy's

clayton-sayfieby:Clayton Sayfie06/12/24

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Lindy’s released its 2024 college football preview magazine, which included preseason All-Big Ten teams. Michigan Wolverines football has six players who appeared as preseason All-Big Ten, landing on one of the first, second or third teams.

Their six selections check in tied with Penn State for fourth among Big Ten teams, behind Ohio State (11), Iowa (8) and Oregon (7). Michigan has three first-teamers, tied with USC for the third-most among conference foes, with Ohio State (6) and Iowa (4) standing as the only teams with more.

Michigan’s first-team honorees are junior tight end Colston Loveland, junior defensive tackle Mason Graham and junior cornerback Will Johnson. Lindy’s also named all three preseason first-team All-Americans, and the magazine pegged Johnson as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Loveland, a 6-foot-5, 245-pounder out of Gooding, Idaho, recorded 649 receiving yards last season, the most by a Michigan tight end in a campaign since two-time All-American Jake Butt registered 654 in 2015. He added 4 touchdowns on 45 receptions. PFF named him the top returning tight end in the nation. He was tabbed as first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second-team by the media.

Graham was listed by PFF as the top interior defensive lineman in the country, and Johnson holds the top spot among cornerbacks. The 6-foot-3, 318-pounder enjoyed a breakout season last year, earning second-team All-American honors from Sporting News and first-team All-Big Ten recognition from the coaches. He was also the Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl. Graham posted 35 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and 3 sacks.

A former five-star prospect, Johnson was a lockdown cornerback for Michigan in 2023. He was a first-team All-American (Sports Illustrated) and consensus first-team All-Big Ten performer, registering 27 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Michigan senior running back Donovan Edwards, graduate left guard Josh Priebe and junior defensive tackle Kenneth Grant were all named preseason second-team All-Big Ten.

Edwards was one of the stars of Michigan’s 34-13 victory over Washington in last season’s national championship game, rushing for 2 40-plus yard touchdowns. He amassed 497 yards and 5 scores on 119 carries and 249 receiving yards on 30 catches a year ago.

Priebe is a graduate transfer from Northwestern. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Michigan native was named a team captain and earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season.

Grant started only five games last season but was a breakout star on Michigan’s defense, logging 5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

The Wolverines didn’t have any representatives on the third team.

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