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Anthony Walker voted to USA TODAY’s All-American first-team

The Franchise receives a big honor.

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The accolades keep rolling in for Anthony Walker, and this might be the biggest one yet. He’s been voted a preseason first-team All-American by USA Today.

Here is the entire team:

First team

QB: Deshaun Watson, Clemson

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

RB: Leonard Fournette, LSU

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Southern California

WR: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

TE: Jake Butt, Michigan

OL: Cam Robinson, Alabama

OL: Dan Feeney, Indiana

OL: Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia

OL: Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh

OL: Roderick Johnson, Florida State


DL: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

DL: Malik McDowell, Michigan State

DL: Lowell Lotulelei, Utah

DL: Jonathan Allen, Alabama

LB: Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

LB: Reuben Foster, Alabama

LB: Anthony Walker, Northwestern

CB: Desmond King, Iowa

CB: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan

S: Budda Baker, Washington

S: Derwin James, Florida State


K: Jake Elliott, Memphis

P: JK Scott, Alabama

RET: Evan Berry, Tennessee

Walker was named a third-team All-American last year by the Associated Press and second-teamer by Sports Illustrated and a first-team All-Big Ten performer.

It’s been a big offseason for Walker, who not only got his own brand and nickname, “The Franchise,” but also was chosen to wear the No. 1 jersey. Jeff Budzein (2013) was the most recent first team All-American from Northwestern.