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UB's Anthony Johnson named second-team Preseason All-American

University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team on Tuesday, becoming the first player in program history to earn the honor. Johnson was named to the second team.

He is among three players outside of the Power Five conferences to be named to the first or second team, joining Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (first team) and Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard (second team).

"It's a great feeling, but I remain focused on getting better each and every day," Johnson said.

The selection is the latest addition to an impressive collection of preseason honors for the senior wideout. He is also on the preseason list for the Maxwell Award as college football's top player and for the Biletnikoff Award, given to college football's top wide receiver.

He had 76 receptions for 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns, a school record, in his first year with the Bulls after transferring from Iowa Western Community College. He also was No. 2 in the nation in receiving yards per game at 113 and third in receiving touchdowns.

"It's great to see people across the country have recognized A.J.'s last year and his ability," coach Lance Leipold said. "I know he has worked hard to build on last year's accomplishments."

UB great Khalil Mack was not a preseason All-America prior to his senior season in 2013. After the season, he made first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers of America. CBS and Sports Illustrated and second-team from the AP. The two receivers who made AP first-team All-America were Mississippi junior A.J. Brown and West Virginia senior David Sills V.

UB opens the season on Sept. 1 against Delaware State at UB Stadium.

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