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2008 Walter Camp All-American Team Announced
NEW HAVEN, CT – University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy headlines the 2008 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team, the 119th honored by the organization. The nation’s oldest All-America team was announced live this evening on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.
McCoy, a 6-foot, 3-inch junior from Tuscola, Texas, leads the nation with a 179.20 quarterback rating and has passed for 3,445 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Fiesta Bowl-bound Longhorns. McCoy, who has also rushed for a team-high 576 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season, was named the 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year earlier this evening – the second Texas player (RB Ricky Williams, 1998) to receive the honor.
Joining McCoy in the offensive backfield are two running backs from the Big Ten Conference – senior Javon Ringer (Michigan State) and junior Shonn Greene (Iowa). Ringer, who ranks fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,590 yards, is tied for the national lead in scoring with 126 points. A 100-yard rusher in all 12 games, Greene has rushed for 1,729 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Three Big 12 Conference standouts – sophomore wide receivers Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech) and Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State) along with tight end Chase Coffman (Missouri) – are first team selections. Crabtree is a repeat First Team All-American after hauling in 93 passes for 1,135 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Seniors Mike Oher (Mississippi), Rylan Reed (Texas Tech) and Duke Robinson (Oklahoma) join junior Andre Smith (Alabama) on the offensive line. Robinson was a Second Team selection a year ago. Senior A.Q. Shipley (Penn State) is the offensive center. Senior Louie Sakoda (Utah), who has connected on 21-of-23 field goals for the Sugar Bowl-bound Utes, is the placekicker.
Leading the defensive unit is a three-time Walter Camp All-America selection, Ohio State senior linebacker James Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis is the fifth player to earn Walter Camp All-America honors three times, joining Dre’ Bly (DB, North Carolina - 1996-98), Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia - 1980-82), Hugh Green (DE, Pittsburgh - 1978-80), and Ken Easley (DB, UCLA - 1978-80). Laurinaitis leads the Buckeyes’ defensive unit with 121 tackles and has four quarterback sacks and two interceptions. Joining Laurinaitis in the middle are USC linebacker Rey Maualuga (73 tackles), the leader of the nation’s top scoring defense (7.8 points per game allowed), and Florida’s Brandon Spikes (87 tackles, 4 interceptions).
Two seniors – Brian Orakpo (Texas) and Nick Reed (Oregon) join juniors Jerry Hughes (TCU) and Aaron Maybin (Penn State) on the first team defensive interior. Hughes leads the nation with 14 sacks, while Reed has 19.5 tackles for loss.
Senior defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins (Ohio State) and Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest) earn First Team honors after each made the Walter Camp All-America Second Team last year. Jenkins and Smith are joined by USC junior Taylor Mays and Tennessee sophomore Eric Berry, the nation’s interception (8) leader, in the defensive secondary.
The punter is senior T.J. Conley (Idaho), who leads the nation with a 47.4 yard-per-punt average, and the kick returner is sophomore Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), the nation’s all-purpose yardage (2,646) leader.
The Walter Camp All-America team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President John Barbarotta was pleased with the voting participation. “We had 80 percent of the Bowl Subdivision schools participate in this year’s voting,” Barbarotta said. “We are very appreciative of the cooperation of the coaches and SIDs in our effort to honor the most outstanding college players each and every season.”
Members of the 2008 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet on January 17, 2009 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. In addition, the Foundation will honor former collegiate and NFL stars – Tim Brown (Notre Dame), Len Dawson (Purdue) and Morten Andersen (Michigan State) – with major awards. Please call (203) 288-CAMP for tickets ($275.00).
Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
2008 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Teams
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech Soph. 6-3 214 Dallas, TX
WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State Soph. 6-2 210 Lufkin, TC
TE Chase Coffman, Missouri Sr. 6-6 245 Peculiar, MO
OL Mike Oher, Mississippi Sr. 6-5 318 Memphis, TN
OL Andre Smith, Alabama Jr. 6-4 330 Birmingham, AL
OL Duke Robinson, Oklahoma Sr. 6-5 335 Atlanta, GA
OL Rylan Reed, Texas Tech Sr. 6-7 305 Dallas, TX
C A.Q. Shipley, Penn State Sr. 6-1 297 Beaver County, PA
QB Colt McCoy, Texas Jr. 6-3 210 Tuscola, TX
RB Shonn Greene, Iowa Jr. 5-11 235 Sicklerville, NJ
RB Javon Ringer, Michigan State Sr. 5-9 202 Dayton, OH
PK Louie Sakoda, Utah Sr. 5-9 178 San Jose, CA
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Brian Orakpo, Texas Sr. 6-4 260 Houston, TX
DL Aaron Maybin, Penn State Jr. 6-2 236 Ellicott City, MD
DL Jerry Hughes, TCU Jr. 6-2 248 Sugar Land, TX
DL Nick Reed, Oregon Sr. 6-2 260 Trabuco Canyon, CA
LB Rey Maualuga, USC Sr. 6-2 260 Eureka, CA
LB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State Sr. 6-3 240 Hamel, MN
LB Brandon Spikes, Florida Jr. 6-3 245 Shelby, NC
DB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State Sr. 6-1 201 Piscataway, NJ
DB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest Sr. 5-9 190 Pahokee, FL
DB Eric Berry, Tennessee Soph. 5-11 195 Fairburn, GA
DB Taylor Mays, USC Jr. 6-3 230 Seattle, WA
P T.J. Conley, Idaho Sr. 6-3 220 Walla Walla, WA
KR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri Soph. 6-1 200 Kirkwood, MO
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
WR Jarett Dillard, Rice Sr. 5-11 185 San Antonio, TX
WR Percy Harvin, Florida Jr. 5-11 195 Virginia Beach, VA
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma Jr. 6-6 261 Ardmore, OK
OL Eugene Monroe, Virginia Sr. 6-6 315 Plainfield, NJ
OL Ryan Stanchek, West Virginia Sr. 6-4 303 Cincinnati, OH
OL Herman Johnson, LSU Sr. 6-7 386 Olla, LA
OL Alex Boone, Ohio State Sr. 6-8 312 Lakewood, OH
C Alex Mack, California Sr. 6-4 316 Santa Barbara, CA
QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma Soph. 6-4 218 Oklahoma City, OK
RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia Soph. 5-11 208 Bedford, NJ
RB Donald Brown, Connecticut Jr. 5-10 210 Atlantic Highlands, NJ
PK Graham Gano, Florida State Sr. 6-1 192 Pensacola, FL
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL George Selvie, South Florida Jr. 6-4 245 Pensacola, FL
DL Terrence Cody, Alabama Jr. 6-5 365 Fort Myers, FL
DL Everette Brown, Florida State Jr. 6-4 252 Stantonsburg, NC
DL Mitch King, Iowa Sr. 6-3 280 Burlington, IA
LB Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh Sr. 6-2 240 Export, PA
LB Michael Tauiliili, Duke Sr. 5-11 235 Houston, TX
LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri Jr. 6-1 235 Jasper, TX
DB Trimane Goddard, North Carolina Sr. 5-11 195 Robersonville, NC
DB Rashad Johnson, Alabama Sr. 6-0 186 Sulligent, AL
DB Mike Mickens, Cincinnati Sr. 6-0 190 Huber Heights, OH
DB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky Jr. 6-0 175 Hiram, GA
P Pat McAfee, West Virginia Sr. 6-1 221 Plum, PA
KR Derrick Williams, Penn State Jr. 6-0 194 Greenbelt, MD
KR Joe Burnett, Central Florida Sr. 5-11 185 Eustis, FL
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp — a former Yale University athlete and football coach — is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation — a New Haven based all volunteer group — was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All America team.