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Syracuse RB Sean Tucker named ESPN first team All-American

Syracuse running back Sean Tucker picked up two All-America honors from major publications on Wednesday, headlined by first team accolades from ESPN.

He was also named to The Athletic’s second team.

ESPN Team | The Athletic Team

Tucker and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker were the two running backs honored by ESPN. The Athletic named Walker to its first team along with Iowa State’s Breece Hall – but listed Tucker as the only back on the second team.

The Owings Mills, Maryland native was a First Team All-ACC selection earlier this month, garnering the most votes of any offensive player on the ballot.

He capped an incredible second season at SU as the program’s new single-season rushing leader (1,496). He finished the regular season ranked fourth nationally in the category, while also sixth nationally in all-purpose yards per game (145.9), despite only collecting his yards via rushing and receiving. He finished the year with 14 total touchdowns, a program record nine 100-yard games and a program record seven consecutive 100-yard games. He also became the first player in program history to have 100+ yards rushing and receiving in the same game vs. UAlbany. A semifinalist for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards, Tucker heads into 2022 as one of the nation’s premier players.

Tucker will likely garner more All-America honors in the coming days. The NCAA’s consensus All-America teams consist of five outlets – which begin announcing their All-America teams on Thursday with the Walter Camp All-America Team selections coming during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.

Tucker, who is still a freshman eligibility wise, returns for the 2022 season as the headliner for a program that can return 18-of-22 starters.