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Three Michigan Wolverines Named Preseason All-Americans

Big Ten has more All-Americans than any other conference.

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We are less than two months from one of the most highly anticipated Michigan Wolverines football seasons in recent memory.

UM is expected to be one of the most competitive teams in the country, as evidenced by a No. 3 ranking in the too-early top 25 and now by three spots on ESPN's preseason All-America team.

The Wolverines in question are senior tight end Jake Butt, junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers and senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Mark Schlabach, who compiled the list, wrote brief notes on each player:

Butt: The Wolverines' NFL-ready receiver passed up the draft after catching 51 balls in Jim Harbaugh's offense.

Peppers: Peppers started 12 games at DB, played a little offense, returned punts and kickoffs in 2015 and now moves to LB.

Lewis: First-team All-Big Ten pick in 2015 as a junior, should make a big jump as a senior.

Michigan tied with Florida State, Alabama and USC for most entrants on the team, and the Big 10 placed more players on the team than any other conference with eight.

Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell, Iowa cornerback Desmond King, Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan and offensive guard Pat Elflein, and Iowa offensive guard Dan Feeney also were named preseason all-Americans.