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Noles' Werner an AP All-American

Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 11, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.

No other team had more than two players selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Stanford and Florida were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te'o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team.

Alabama faces top-ranked Notre Dame in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.

Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones also became two-time All-Americans.

Nine Southeastern Conference players made the first team, more than any other conference. The Pac-12 was second with six players on the first team. No other conference had more than two.

The team was voted on by a panel of 16 AP college football poll voters.

Barrett Jones, a senior who made the All-America team as a tackle last season, was joined on the first team by Alabama teammates guard Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner. Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker was picked to the second team and quarterback AJ McCarron was selected to the third team.

Te'o, the Heisman finalists and winner of seven other awards — including the Maxwell, Nagurski and Butkus — is the first Notre Dame defensive player to be an AP All-American since defensive back Shane Walton in 2002.

Manziel is the first freshman to make the first team at quarterback. On Saturday, the redshirt freshman know as Johnny Football became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 total yards to rank second in the nation.

Heisman finalist Collin Klein of Kansas State was the second-team quarterback.

Ball repeated as an All-American, despite a slow start to the season and some early injuries. The senior is seventh in the nation in rushing at 133 yards per game, scored 21 touchdowns, and set the major college football record for career touchdowns. He has 82 going into the Rose Bowl.

Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, the nation's leading rusher at 146 yards per game, was the other first-team running back.

The receivers were Southern California's Marqise Lee, who leads the nation in catches (112) and was second in yards receiving (1,680), and Baylor's Terrance Williams, who leads in yards with 1,764.

Stanford's Zach Ertz was the tight end.

Joining Jones and Warmack on the offensive line were two junior tackles projected to be high first-round NFL draft picks: Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

"Team goals are bigger than individual goals, but one of my personal goals was to be an All-American and it's an unbelievable feeling to reach that goal," Lewan said Tuesday.

North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper was the other first-team guard.

West Virginia's Tavon Austin was selected as the all-purpose player, a perfect description of the do-it-all speedster.

Austin was primarily a receiver and racked up 1,259 yards through the air. Late in the season, coach Dana Holgorsen used Austin as a running back and against Oklahoma he the senior set a school-record with 344 yards rushing. He finished second in the nation in all-purpose yards with 230 per game, and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

Tulane's Cairo Santos was the All-American kicker after making all 21 of his field goal attempts.

On the defensive side, Te'o and Mosley were joined at linebacker by the other two-time All-American. Jones followed-up his sensational sophomore season with 12.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss.

Another SEC pass rusher highlighted the defensive line.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had 13.5 sacks, tied for the most in the nation, playing in only 11 games. He'll matchup against Lewan in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

"He's very explosive player who plays every play to the whistle and never takes a snap off," Lewan said. "It's a great opportunity to see where I'm at and where he's at and I'm excited about it. But it's not about me or him, it's about the University of Michigan playing South Carolina at the Outback Bowl."

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, Texas A&M

Running backs — Montee Ball, senior, Wisconsin; Ka'Deem Carey, sophomore, Arizona

Tackles — Luke Joeckel, junior, Texas A&M; Taylor Lewan, junior, Michigan

Guards — Chance Warmack, senior, Alabama; Jonathan Cooper, senior, North Carolina

Center — Barrett Jones, senior, Alabama

Tight end — Zach Ertz, senior, Stanford

Receivers — Marqise Lee, sophomore, Southern California; Terrance Williams, senior, Baylor

All-purpose player — Tavon Austin, senior, West Virginia

Kicker — Cairo Santos, junior, Tulane

 

DEFENSE

Ends — Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, junior, Florida State

Tackles — Star Lotulelei, senior, Utah; Will Sutton, junior, Arizona State

Linebackers — Manti Te'o, senior, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, junior, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, junior, Alabama

Cornerbacks — Dee Milliner, junior, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, sophomore, Oregon State

Safeties — Phillip Thomas, senior, Fresno State; Matt Elam, junior, Florida

Punter — Ryan Allen, senior, Louisiana Tech

 

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Collin Klein, senior, Kansas State

Running backs — Kenjon Barner, senior, Oregon; Johnathan Franklin, senior, UCLA

Tackles — D.J. Fluker, junior, Alabama; David Yankey, junior, Stanford

Guards — Spencer Long, junior, Nebraska; Cyril Richardson, junior, Baylor

Center — Dalton Freeman, senior, Clemson

Tight end — Tyler Eifert, senior, Notre Dame

Receivers — Stedman Bailey, junior, West Virginia; Quinton Patton, senior, Louisiana Tech

All-purpose player — Jordan Lynch, junior, Northern Illinois

Kicker — Dustin Hopkins, senior, Florida State

 

DEFENSE

Ends — Damontre Moore, junior, Texas A&M; Stephon Tuitt, sophomore, Notre Dame

Tackles — Johnathan Hankins, junior, Ohio State; Kawann Short, senior, Purdue

Linebackers — Kevin Minter, junior, LSU; Anthony Barr, junior, UCLA; Arthur Brown, senior, Kansas State

Cornerbacks — Johnthan Banks, senior, Mississippi State; Bradley Roby, sophomore, Ohio State

Safeties — Eric Reid, junior, LSU; Tony Jefferson, junior, Oklahoma

Punter — Riley Stephenson, senior, BYU

 

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — A.J. McCarron, junior, Alabama

Running backs — Stefphon Jefferson, junior, Nevada; Giovani Bernard, sophomore, North Carolina

Tackles — Jake Matthews, junior, Texas A&M; Eric Fisher, senior, Central Michigan

Guards — Larry Warford, senior, Kentucky; Xavier Su'a-Filo, sophomore, UCLA

Center — Braxton Cave, senior, Notre Dame

Tight end — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, sophomore, Washington

Receivers — DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson; Cobi Hamilton, senior, Arkansas

All-purpose player — Dri Archer, junior, Kent State

Kicker — Caleb Sturgis, senior, Florida

 

DEFENSE

Ends — John Simon, senior, Ohio State; Sam Montgomery, junior, LSU

Tackles — Sharrif Floyd, junior, Florida; Chris Jones, senior, Bowling Green

Linebackers — Khaseem Greene, senior, Rutgers; Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Kyle Van Noy, junior, BYU

Cornerbacks — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, sophomore, Oregon; Jason Verrett, junior, TCU

Safeties — Ed Reynolds, junior, Stanford; Ty Zimmerman, junior, Kansas State

Punter — Kyle Christy, sophomore, Florida