Williams Heads Four Tigers on AP All-America Teams
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- LSU defensive tackle Kyle Williams has earned a spot on the Associated Press Second-Team All-America, the news service announced on Tuesday.
Williams is one of four LSU players to earn a spot on one of three AP All-America squads. Senior offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, senior return specialist Skyler Green and junior free safety LaRon Landry were all third team selections by AP.
Williams, a senior from Ruston, La., was the leader of an LSU defense that ranked among the top eight in the nation in four categories, including a No. 5 rating in both total defense (276 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (97.5 rating). The Tigers also ranked No. 7 nationally in rushing defense (94.8 yards per game) and No. 8 in scoring defense (15.2 points per game).
For the year, Williams recorded 60 tackles, which included 7.5 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks. He also finished with 21 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and a blocked field goal. Williams' best game of his career came this season against Alabama as he registered 11 tackles with 2.5 of those going for sacks in the 16-13 overtime win over the Crimson Tide.
Whitworth earned the reputation as one of the best and dependable offensive linemen in school history with 51 consecutive starts at the left tackle position. Whitworth, who is the only player in school history to record 50 starts in a career, did not allow a sack this season in over 750 offensive snaps. Whitworth hasn't allowed a sack in 21 straight games, a streak that dates back to the Auburn contest last year.
Green, a first-team All-America pick as a return specialist during the 2003 BCS National Championship season, earned a spot on the AP third-team. Green ranked second in the SEC in punt returns with a 13.6 average and he was among the league leaders in kickoff returns with a 19.7 average.
Landry ranked third on the Tigers with 65 tackles and he was first on the squad with three interceptions for one of the nation's top defenses. Landry, who led the Tigers in tackles as a true freshman in 2003 and again as a sophomore in 2004, started all 12 games in 2005.
2005 AP All-America Teams
Quarterback -- Vince Young, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, junior, Texas.
Running backs -- Reggie Bush, 6-0, 200, junior, Southern California; Jerome Harrison, 5-10, 199, senior, Washington State.
Wide receivers -- Dwayne Jarrett, 6-5, 210, sophomore, Southern California; Mike Hass, 6-1, 210, senior, Oregon State.
Tight end -- Vernon Davis, 6-3, 253, junior, Maryland.
Linemen -- Jonathan Scott, 6-7, 310, senior, Texas; Marcus McNeill, 6-8, 335, senior, Auburn; Max Jean-Gilles, 6-4, 340, senior, Georgia; D'Brickashaw Ferguson, 6-5, 295, senior, Virginia.
Center -- Greg Eslinger, 6-3, 285, senior, Minnesota.
Kicker -- Mason Crosby, 6-2, 210, junior, Colorado.
All-purpose player -- Maurice Drew, 5-8, 205, junior, UCLA.
Linemen -- Tamba Hali, 6-3, 267, senior, Penn State; Haloti Ngata, 6-4, 345, junior, Oregon; Elvis Dumervil, 6-0, 256, senior, Louisville; Rodrique Wright, 6-5, 330, senior, Texas.
Linebackers -- A.J. Hawk, 6-1, 240, senior, Ohio State; Paul Posluszny, 6-2, 229, junior, Penn State; DeMeco Ryans, 6-2, 232, senior, Alabama.
Defensive backs -- Jimmy Williams, 6-3, 215, senior, Virginia Tech; Darnell Bing, 6-2, 220, junior, Southern California; Michael Huff, 6-1, 205, senior, Texas; Greg Blue, 6-2, 215, senior, Georgia.
Punter -- Ryan Plackemeier, 6-3, 235, senior, Wake Forest
Quarterback -- Matt Leinart, senior, Southern California.
Running backs -- DeAngelo Williams, senior, Memphis; Brian Calhoun, junior, Wisconsin.
Wide receivers -- Jeff Samardzija, junior, Notre Dame; Calvin Johnson, sophomore, Georgia Tech.
Tight end -- Marcedes Lewis, senior, UCLA.
Linemen -- Levi Brown, junior, Penn State; Mark Setterstrom, senior, Minnesota; Eric Winston, senior, Miami; Taitusi Lutui, senior, Southern California.
Center -- Dan Mozes, junior, West Virginia.
Kicker -- Alexis Serna, sophomore, Oregon State
All-purpose player -- Brandon Williams, senior, Wisconsin.
Linemen -- Mathias Kiwanuka, senior, Boston College; Darryl Tapp, senior, Virginia Tech; Kyle Williams, senior, LSU; Orien Harris, senior, Miami.
Linebackers -- Chad Greenway, senior, Iowa; D'Qwell Jackson, senior, Maryland; Patrick Willis, junior, Mississippi.
Defensive backs -- Dion Byrum, senior, Ohio University; Tye Hill, senior, Clemson; Kelly Jennings, senior, Miami; Alan Zemaitis, senior, Penn State.
Punter -- Dan Sepulveda, junior, Baylor.
Quarterback -- Brady Quinn, junior, Notre Dame.
Running backs -- Laurence Maroney, junior, Minnesota; LenDale White, junior, Southern California.
Wide receivers -- Greg Jennings, senior, Western Michigan; Derek Hagan, senior, Arizona State.
Tight end -- Garrett Mills, senior, Tulsa.
Linemen -- Sam Baker, sophomore, Southern California; Andrew Whitworth, senior, LSU; Justin Blalock, junior, Texas; Will Allen, senior, Texas.
Kicker -- Brandon Coutu, sophomore, Georgia.
All-purpose player -- Skyler Green, senior, LSU.
Linemen -- Brodrick Bunkley, senior, Florida State; Willie Evans, senior, Mississippi State; Mario Williams, junior, North Carolina State; Jesse Mahelona, senior, Tennessee.
Linebackers -- Aaron Harris, senior, Texas; Nick Reid, senior, Kansas; Bobby Carpenter, senior, Ohio State.
Defensive backs -- Aaron Gipson, senior, Oregon; LaRon Landry, junior, LSU; Ko Simpson, sophomore, South Carolina; Tom Zbikowski, junior, Notre Dame.
Punter -- Danny Baugher, senior, Arizona.