Syracuse Football: Andre Cisco left off CBS Sports/247Sports first team

Syracuse football junior safety Andre Cisco didn’t make the cut for the CBS Sports/247Sports All-America first squad.

Syracuse football star junior safety Andre Cisco has piled up a ton of pre-season All-America first-team accolades, but he isn’t receiving such an honor from CBS Sports and 247Sports.

For the inaugural instance, experts from media organization CBS Sports and recruiting service 247Sports have joined together to unveil their pre-season All-America selections for the 2020 football campaign, and Cisco has landed on the second unit.

Personally, I think that the 6-foot, 209-pound Cisco is the No. 1 safety in the country, but it’s not a huge deal that he isn’t on the CBS Sports/247Sports All-America first crew.

For some context, the safeties on the first team are Georgia senior Richard LeCounte and TCU junior Trevon Moehrig. Alongside Cisco on the second group is LSU senior JaCoby Stevens.

Certainly, if Cisco puts forth another stellar stanza like he did in his freshman and sophomore stints, there’s no reason to think that he won’t ultimately end up as a first-team All-American after the 2020 term concludes, assuming that a campaign is played amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The CBS Sports/247Sports All-America squads did take into account that both the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference aren’t planning to suit up this fall.

As it pertains to total selections on the two All-America teams, the Southeastern Conference unsurprisingly leads the way with 25 participants, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (including Notre Dame) with 15, and the Big 12 Conference with 11. The ACC plus Notre Dame possess eight players on the All-America first crew.

Clemson, one of the favorites to win the 2020 national championship, has swept the major awards. Tigers junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who already has a national title under his belt, is the pre-season Player of the Year, while Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is the pre-season Coach of the Year.

Also receiving votes for Coach of the Year is North Carolina’s Mack Brown. The Tar Heels are forecast by many pundits as one of the best teams in the ACC heading into the 2020 stanza, with Syracuse football slated to open its season on Sept. 12 at UNC.

Cisco, meanwhile, has gotten named to pre-season All-America first squads by numerous other media outlets, including Street & Smith’s, Lindy’s, and the Sporting News. The FBS active leader in interceptions, with 12, Cisco is ranked as the No. 1 safety across the country by Lindy’s.