Hansen Preseason All-America, 17 All-Independent Honorees

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

CLEVELAND, Ohio –  BYU senior offensive lineman Braden Hansen was selected to Phil Steele's Preseason All-America Third Team announced Thursday. Hansen is also one of 17 Cougars honored with a Preseason All-Independent selection. Phil Steele’s 2012 College Football Preview Magazine, hits newsstands June 5th.

View the complete Phil Steele Preseason All-America Teams and Preseason All-Independent Teams

Hansen, a 6-foot-6, 313-pound product of Sandy, Utah, has started 39 consecutive games for BYU, helping lead the team to a 28-11 record over the past three seasons. As a junior in 2011, Hansen was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List and was part of an offensive line that was No. 9 nationally in tackles for loss allowed and No. 24 in total sacks allowed. During his sophomore year Hansen led the Cougars in knockdowns and was named to the Phil Steele All-Mountain West Conference Second Team and was a College Football News All-Sophomore Team honorable mention. In 2009 as a freshman, Hansen was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America First Team and Phil Steele All-Freshman First Team while earning a College Football News Freshman Team honorable mention.

BYU earned 18 total selections from 17 players on the Preseason All-Independent Teams, second to Notre Dame's 20 selections. Wide receiver Cody Hoffman earned First Team honors as a wide receiver and was a Second Team selection at kick returner.

Along with Hansen and Hoffman's selections, quarterback Riley Nelson and offensive lineman Braden Brown were selected to the First Team offense. Wide receiver Ross Apo, tight end Marcus Mathews and offensive lineman Houston Reynolds were Second Team selections.

On defense, linebackers Brandon Ogletree and Kyle Van Noy, cornerback Preston Hadley and safety Daniel Sorensen were named to the First Team. Defensive linemen Eathyn Manumaleuna and Romney Fuga and linebacker Uona Kaveinga garnered Second Team honors.

Kicker Justin Sorensen, punter Riley Stephenson and JD Falslev were First Team special teamers, along with Hoffman's Second Team selection.

Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is the nation’s most informative preseason football magazine and has always provided a preseason All-American team as well as preseason All-Conference teams. For more information or to obtain a copy of each of the All-Conference teams, please visit PhilSteele.com

Phil Steele First Team
OFFENSE
QB Riley Nelson BYU
RB Cierre Wood Notre Dame
RB Raymond Maples Army
WR Theo Riddick Notre Dame
WR Cody Hoffman BYU
TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame
C Braxton Cave Notre Dame
OG Chris Watt Notre Dame
OG Braden Hansen BYU
OT Zack Martin Notre Dame
OT Braden Brown BYU
     
DEFENSE
DL Stephen Tuitt Notre Dame
DL Louis Nix Notre Dame
DL Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame
LB Manti Te'o Notre Dame
LB Brandon Ogletree BYU
LB Kyle Van Noy BYU
LB Matt Warrick Navy
CB Preston Hadley BYU
CB Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
S Jamoris Slaughter Notre Dame
S Daniel Sorensen BYU
     
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Justin Sorensen BYU
P Riley Stephenson BYU
KR George Atkinson III Notre Dame
PR JD Falslev BYU
Phil Steele Second Team
OFFENSE
QB Trent Steelman Army
RB Gee Gee Greene Navy
RB Jared Hassin Army
WR Ross Apo BYU
WR TJ Jones Notre Dame
TE Marcus Mathews BYU
C Houston Reynolds BYU
OG Josh Cabral Navy
OG Frank Allen Army
OT Christian Lombard Notre Dame
OT Andrew Barker Navy
     
DEFENSE
DL Eathyn Manumaleuna BYU
DL Romney Fuga BYU
DL Jarrett Mackey Army
LB Geoffrey Bacon Army
LB Brye French Navy
LB Prince Shembo Notre Dame
LB Uona Kaveinga BYU
CB David Sperry Navy
CB Josh Jackson Army
DB Tra'ves Bush Navy
DB Zeke Motta Notre Dame
     
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Kyle Brindza Notre Dame
P Ben Turk Notre Dame
KR Cody Hoffman BYU
PR Davonte Neal Notre Dame
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