Either the best or the worst time of the offseason is upon us, depending on what you think about preseason lists and things of that nature.
Phil Steele unveiled his preseason All-American and All-Conference squads today. The two lists don't have anything in common in regards to Penn State, except for one noticeable similarity: defensive tackle Anthony Zettel made the first-team for both squads. The Nittany Lions' star lineman becomes the first Penn State player to be named a preseason All-American by Steele since 2013, when wide receiver Allen Robinson made the third-team. The last defensive player to make one of Steele's preseason All-American squads came in 2012 in the form of second-team linebacker Gerald Hodges.
As for the All-Big Ten squad, Zettel is joined on the first-team by wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and defensive back Jordan Lucas. The second-team selections are linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White and Zettel's partner at defensive tackle, Austin Johnson. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg is joined on the third-team by running back Akeel Lynch and tight end Kyle Carter, while offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro (who Steele lists as a center) is the school's only selection on the fourth-team.
If you want to see which other players made both squads – unsurprisingly, there are a lot of players from Ohio State and Michigan State on both (you can guess which one has the most representatives, but if you need a hint, it's Ohio State) – here is a link to the All-American teams, and here's one for the All-Big Ten squads.