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Duo Makes AP All-America History; Wing First-Team
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Published: December 14, 2011, 12:00 PM (CT)
Updated: December 14, 2011, 07:12 PM (CT)
by Jake Terry (@LSUjake), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU placed three players, including cornerbacks in Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne, on the Associated Press All-America Team, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Mathieu and Claiborne were joined on the AP First Team by redshirt freshman punter Brad Wing. Offensive guard Will Blackwell was named to the AP Second Team, while defensive end Sam Montgomery was a third team selection.

Mathieu and Claiborne also become the first cornerbacks from the same school named to the AP first team since the organization began selecting an All-America team for both offense and defense in 1964.

Last week the AP tabbed Mathieu as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and Claiborne was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches.

Claiborne ranked second in the SEC this season with six interceptions, and he led the nation with 173 interception return yards, including a 45-yard pick six against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist, led LSU with 70 tackles, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He added 6.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and 1.5 sacks. Mathieu also scored four touchdowns this season, including crucial punt returns in back-to-back games against Arkansas and Georgia.

Blackwell started all 13 games and led the offensive line in snaps played (779) and knockdown blocks (112.5). He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Florida and Ole Miss games. He anchored a line that led the SEC by only allowing 14 sacks this season.

Montgomery led the team and finished third in the SEC in sacks with nine, and he also tallied 13 tackles for a loss on an LSU team that ranks second nationally in total defense only giving up 252 yards a game.

With the addition of Claiborne, Mathieu and Wing, LSU has placed 26 players on the AP All-America First Team since 1935 when Gaynell (Gus) Tinsley became the first.

2011 AP All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Robert Griffin III, junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Baylor.
RB - Montee Ball, junior, 5-11, 210, Wisconsin
RB - Trent Richardson, junior, 5-11, 224, Alabama
OT - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 311, Alabama
OT - Matt Kalil, junior, 6-7, 295, Southern California
OG - David DeCastro, senior, 6-5, 310, Stanford
OG - Kevin Zeitler, senior, 6-4, 318, Wisconsin
C - David Molk, senior, 6-2, 286, Michigan
WR - Justin Blackmon, junior, 6-1, 215, Oklahoma State
WR - Robert Woods, sophomore, 6-1, 180, Southern California
TE - Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, Clemson
AP - Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, Clemson
PK - Randy Bullock, senior, 5-9, 212, Texas A&M

DEFENSE
DE - Melvin Ingram, senior, 6-2, 276, South Carolina
DE - Whitney Mercilus, junior, 6-4, 265, Illinois
DT - Devon Still, senior, 6-5, 310, Penn State
DT - Jerel Worthy, junior, 6-3, 310, Michigan State
LB - Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, Boston College
LB - Jarvis Jones, sophomore, 6-3, 241, Georgia
LB - Dont'a Hightower, junior, 6-4, 260, Alabama
CB - Morris Claiborne, junior, 6-0, 185, LSU
CB - Tyrann Mathieu, sophomore, 5-9, 175, LSU
S - Mark Barron, senior, 6-2, 218, Alabama
S - Bacarri Rambo, junior, 6-0, 218, Georgia
P - Brad Wing, freshman, 6-3, 184, LSU

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Andrew Luck, junior, Stanford.
RB - LaMichael James, junior, Oregon
RB - David Wilson, junior, Virginia Tech
OT - Jonathan Martin, senior, Stanford
OT - Nate Potter, senior, Boise State
OG - Will Blackwell, senior, LSU
OG - Austin Pazstor, senior, Virginia
C - Peter Konz, junior, Wisconsin
WR - Ryan Broyles, senior, Oklahoma
WR - Kendall Wright, senior, Baylor
TE - Tyler Eifert, junior, Notre Dame
AP - Joe Adams, senior, Arkansas
PK - Caleb Sturgis, junior, Florida

DEFENSE
DE - Frank Alexander, senior, Oklahoma
DE - Vinny Curry, senior, Marshall
DT - Joe Vellano, junior, Maryland
DT - Derek Wolfe, senior, Cincinnati
LB - Courtney Upshaw, senior, Alabama
LB - Lavonte David, senior, Nebraska
LB - Manti Teo, junior, Notre Dame
CB - David Amerson, sophomore, NC State
CB - Dre Kirkpatrick, junior, Alabama
S - Markelle Martin, senior, Oklahoma State
S - Antonio Allen, senior, South Carolina
P - Ryan Allen, junior, Louisiana Tech

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Matt Barkley, junior, Southern California
RB - Ronnie Hillman, sophomore, San Diego State
RB - Bobby Rainey, senior, Western Kentucky
OT - Levy Adcock, senior, Oklahoma State
OT - Cordy Glenn, senior, Georgia
OG - Ryan Miller, senior, Colorado
OG - Gabe Ikard, sophomore, Oklahoma
C - Grant Garner, senior, Oklahoma State
WR - Jordan White, senior, Western Michigan
WR - Patrick Edwards, senior, Houston
TE - Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford
AP - Tavon Austin, junior, West Virginia
PK - Quinn Sharp, junior, Oklahoma State

DEFENSE
DE - Sam Montgomery, sophomore, LSU
DE - Andre Branch, senior, Clemson
DT - John Simon, junior, Ohio State
DT - Fletcher Cox, junior, Mississippi State
LB - Tank Carder, senior, TCU
LB - Sammy Brown, senior, Houston
LB - Emmanuel Acho, senior, Texas
CB - Nigel Malone, junior, Kansas State
CB - Brodrick Brown, junior, Oklahoma State
S - Josh Bush, senior, Wake Forest
S - George Iloka, senior, Boise State
P - Shawn Powell, senior, Florida State

AP All-America team selection panel:

Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Greg Auman, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman; Seth Emerson, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer; Erik Gee, KNML-AM Albuquerque, N.M.; Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Mike Herndon Press-Register. Mobile, Ala.; Joshua Kendall, The State, Columbia, S.C.; Rob Long, CBS Radio 105.7 Baltimore; Dave Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Sam McKewon, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.; Keith Sargeant, Home News Tribune, Somerville, N.J.; John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.)

 

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