BRENTWOOD, TN -- Texas A&M senior Blake Stouffer was named to the rivals.com Preseason All-America first team as a second baseman on Monday.
Stouffer, a San Antonio native, was at or near the top of every offensive category for the Aggies last season. A consensus All-America selection and first-team All-Big 12 and all-region pick, Stouffer hit .385 with 12 home runs, 85 RBI and a .668 slugging percentage while swiping 22 bases. His 102 hits and 23 doubles in 2007 ranked third all-time on the school's charts.
It marks the third preseason All-America honor for Stouffer, who earned first-team accolades from Collegiate Baseball newspaper in January and third-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in December.
Stouffer joins Texas’ Kyle Russell as the only Big 12 representatives on the first team. Baylor shortstop Beamer Weems and Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow were named to the second team.
Texas A&M opens the 2008 season on February 22 at 6:30 p.m. when the Aggies host Northern Colorado. Season and individual-game tickets are available now by calling 888-99-AGGIE or by logging on to www.aggieathletics.com.
rivals.com Pre-Season All-America First Team
C Buster Posey (Florida State), Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County)
1B Yonder Alonso (Miami, Fla.), Coral Gables, Fla. (Coral Gables)
2B Blake Stouffer (Texas A&M), San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights)
SS Ryan Flaherty (Vanderbilt), Portland, Maine (Deering)
3B Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt), New York, N.Y. (Horace Mann)
OF Dominic de la Osa (Vanderbilt), Miami, Fla. (Archbishop Carroll)
OF Tommy Baldridge (Coastal Carolina), Fort Mill, S.C. (Fort Mill)
OF Kyle Russell (Texas), Tomball, Texas (Tomball)
DH Brett Wallace (Arizona State), Sonoma, Calif. (Justin-Siena)
UT Zach Putnam (Michigan), Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer)
SP Jacob Thompson (Virginia), Danville, Va. (Tunstall)
SP Preston Guilmet (Arizona), Citrus Heights, Calif. (Oakmont)
SP Brian Matusz (San Diego), Cave Creek, Ariz. (St. Mary's)
SP Lance Lynn (Mississippi), Brownsburg, Ind. (Brownsburg)
RP Pat Venditte (Creighton), Omaha, Neb. (Central)
RP Cole St. Clair (Rice), Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill)
rivals.com Pre-Season All-America Second Team
C Petey Paramore (Arizona State), Allen, Texas (Allen)
1B Justin Smoak (South Carolina), Goose Creek, S.C. (Stratford)
2B Johnny Giavotella (New Orleans), Harahan, La. (Jesuit)
SS Beamer Weems (Baylor), Virginia Beach, Va. (Princess Anne)
3B James Darnell (South Carolina), Danville, Calif. (San Ramon Valley)
OF Jack Rye (Florida State), Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge)
OF Aaron Luna (Rice), Southlake, Texas (Carroll)
OF Mike Bianucci (Auburn), Fairfax, Va. (Woodson)
DH Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Walnut Cove, N.C. (North Forsyth)
UT Josh Romanski (San Diego), Corona, Calif. (Norco)
SP Scott Gorgen (UC Irvine), Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)
SP Anthony Shawler (Old Dominion), Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar Smith)
SP Tyson Ross (California), Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd)
SP Aaron Crow (Missouri), Wakarusa, Kan. (Washburn Rural)
RP AJ Griffin (San Diego), El Cajon, Calif. (Grossmont)
RP Matt Gorgen (California), Concord, Calif. (Clayton Valley)