Notre Dame cornerback snubbed in analysts preseason predictions

Notre Dame CB Benjamin Morrison surprisingly absent from Phil Steele's preseason All-American teams despite his elite status in college football.
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As we roll further into June, we’ve officially reached the time of year when everyone is releasing their preseason magazines. It’s a great time of the year for Notre Dame footbal fans, because it allows us to see how some of the more established experts in the field feel about the Fighting Irish.

That includes Phil Steele, who just released his very extensive preview magazine that has over 350 pages of insight. He’s one of the most trusted and respected analysts in the college football world. And that’s why it’s a bit odd that he seemingly made a big error with Marcus Freeman’s squad.

Notre Dame football player left out in the cold by Phil Steele

Steele previews all teams, give team rankings, Heisman predictions and names preseason All-American teams.  ND had a strong presence on those All-American teams, landing four players overall.  

However, despite Steele naming depth charts for four All-American teams, Notre dame football cornerback Benjamin Morrison didn’t make the cut. He was left off of Steele’s All-American squads despite the fact that most other analysts believe Morrison to be among the best corners in the sport.

Michigan’s Will Johnson and Colorado’s Travis Hunter (Colorado) made the first team while Cobee Bryant (Kansas) and Denzel Burke (Ohio State) were placed on the second team.  Tacario Davis (Arizona) and Daylen Everette (Georgia) we’re the third-team members while Shavon Revel (East Carolina) and Aydan White (NC State) took home fourth-team honors.

All those players are talented, but it’s hard to argue that all eight are better than Morrison. Most analysts, in fact, believe that Morrison will be one of the first players drafted. Not just first cornerbacks, but first players overall.

It can be hard to keep track of so many players at once if you’re Phil Steele and his staff. But overlooking this Notre Dame football star was just a strange oversight.