UofL's Jaire Alexander named 1st team preseason AP All-American

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL had its first Heisman Trophy winner in December, and now the Cards have their first preseason Associated Press All-American, but it's not Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

It's defensive back Jaire Alexander.

The junior had five interceptions, including two against eventual national champion Clemson and Deshaun Watson, and returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown against Florida State in the Cards 63-20 win over the Seminoles.

Jackson was named to the second team. Southern Cal quarterback Sam Darnold was the first-team selection at quarterback. Jackson was a first team All-American in 2017.

Jackson, Alexander and the Cards open the season Sept. 2 vs. Purdue in Indianapolis.

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