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GREENSBORO (July 31, 2018) –Two stellar North Carolina A&T defensive players were placed on STATS FCS Preseason All-American team.


Cornerback Franklin “Mac” McCain III (5-foot-11, 173, R-SO, Greensboro, N.C.) and defensive end Darryl Johnson, Jr. (6-5, 232, R-JR, Kingsdale, Ga.) earned preseason third-team All-American honors from STATS FCS.


McCain and Johnson were a part of one of the best defenses in the nation last season as N.C. A&T (12-0) finished 2017 as the only undefeated Football Championship Subdivision team in the nation.


McCain earned first-team preseason All-MEAC honors, recently. The 2017 season saw him earn third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. He also earned Freshman All-American honors from Phil Steele Magazine.  He intercepted six passes and returned three of those INTs for touchdowns last season.


Johnson had a breakout 2017 season and was also recently named first-team preseason All-MEAC. Johnson earned second-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association and first-team honors from BoxToRow. He made 40 tackles (25 unassisted), 15.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


N.C. A&T’s defense ranked fourth in the nation while also ranking third in scoring defense, fifth in rushing defense and fourth in team passing efficiency defense nationally. They also allowed the second-fewest first downs in the nation.


The Aggies open the 2018 season in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff on ESPN, 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 in Montgomery, Ala., at the historic Cramton Bowl against Jacksonville State.