COLUMBIA - South Carolina senior guard A.J. Cann was named a preseason first team All-American by Phil Steele on Friday, while junior tailback Mike Davis received third team recognition.
Cann and Davis highlighted an impressive haul for South Carolina on Steele's preseason awards. Ten Gamecocks received mentions on the preseason All-SEC teams.
Cann was the lone South Carolina player on Steele's preseason first team All-SEC squad. He has started 38 games in his career, missing kickoff only once. He started each game last season, when he served as a team captain. Cann was also voted as the "most underrated" player in the SEC by the league's 14 football sports information directors.
Davis received second team All-SEC honors. He was a second team All-SEC selection last season, rushing for 1,183 yards on 203 carries with 11 touchdowns.
Davis was joined on the All-SEC second team by right tackle Brandon Shell and linebacker Sharrod Golightly. Shell, a Goose Creek native, started each game last season and 23 in his career. Golightly led all non-defensive linemen with six tackles for loss last season, and his 47 tackles were fifth on the team.
Left tackle Corey Robinson, defensive tackle J.T. Surratt and kicker Elliott Fry were named to the preseason All-SEC third team. Robinson was listed as the third-most physical player in college football by NFL.com on Thursday. Surratt is expected to be South Carolina's anchor on the defensive line, while Fry had a breakout freshman season.
Receiver Shaq Roland, linebacker Skai Moore and safety Brison Williams was named to the preseason All-SEC fourth team.
Phil Steele's 2014 Preseason All-American Team:
1st team All-American: OG A.J. Cann
3rd team All-American: RB Mike Davis
Phil Steele's 2014 Preseason All-SEC Team:
1st Team All-SEC: OG A.J. Cann
2nd Team All-SEC: RB Mike Davis; OT Brandon Shell; LB Sharrod Golightly
3rd Team All-SEC: OT Corey Robinson; DT J.T. Surratt; K Elliott Fry
4th Team All-SEC: WR Shaq Roland; LB Skai Moore; S Brison Williams