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Rashawn Slater and Paddy Fisher named preseason All-Americans

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One on each side of the ball.

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Two of Northwestern’s cornerstone seniors, Rashawn Slater and Paddy Fisher, earned preseason honors Thursday, being named preseason All-Americans by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Slater, an offensive tackle, and Fisher, a linebacker, both landed spots on their respective second teams. Eleven of the 50 players receiving honors are from Big Ten schools.

In 2019, Slater shifted from right tackle to left tackle and excelled. Pro Football Focus graded him 90.1 while ranking him as the sixth-best returning offensive lineman in the country. The Sugar Land, Texas, native allowed only five pressures on 355 pass-blocking snaps, giving him a PFF pass-blocking grade of 88.2, one of the highest in college football.

After Fisher averaged nearly 115 tackles each of his first two seasons, he compiled 89 tackles last year, good for second on the squad, as well as 6 tackles for loss. The 2018 AP third-team All-American forced two fumbles, bringing his career total to 10, recorded one interception and defended four passes.

Last year, Fisher earned preseason first-team All-American honors from ESPN college football writer Phil Steele.

View the full list of preseason All-Americans here.