2 Auburn football players named to preseason AP All-American teams

Two Auburn football players picked up some more major honors Tuesday as the Tigers prepare for the season opener next week against Georgia Southern.

Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday, and offensive lineman Braden Smith landed on the second team.

The two teams came out one day after Auburn football was ranked No. 12 in the nation by the Associated Press, which is voted on by 51 media members across the country.

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Carlson was a second-team All-American by the Associated Press last year after finishing as a finalist for the Lou Groza Award for the second straight year. Auburn’s all-time career leader in field goals and consecutive extra points made has the most points and made field goals among active kickers heading into the 2017 season.

Smith, who was listed as a guard in the AP team, cracked a few All-American teams at the end of the 2016 season. He has started 27 straight games for Auburn on the offensive line. Smith opened the 2017 offseason working at right tackle, but he will most likely stay at right guard this fall.

Carlson and Smith open their senior seasons next Saturday, Sept. 2, against Georgia Southern inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. The kickoff for Auburn’s Week 1 game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

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