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Miami Produces 3 AP First-Team All-Americans

Dec. 13, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) – When it comes to All-Americans, Miami and Florida State are co-champions.

The Florida schools each had three players selected Wednesday for the Associated Press All-America team, a 26-player squad featuring Florida State’s Heisman Trophy winner, Chris Weinke, and Miami’s award-winning linebacker, Dan Morgan.

Wide receiver-punt returner Santana Moss and safety Edward Reed joined Morgan in giving the Hurricanes their first trio of All-Americans since 1992. Florida State had four players on the first team in ’99. Wide receiver Marvin Minnis and defensive end Jamal Reynolds were the other Seminoles chosen.

A fourth Miami player, tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, earned a spot on AP’s second-team.

Weinke, Florida State’s 28-year-old quarterback, led the nation with 4,167 yards passing and threw 33 touchdown passes, with just 11 interceptions. He led the third-ranked Seminoles (11-1) to Bowl Championship Series title game against No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. The Sooners’ Josh Heupel made second team, with Purdue’s Drew Brees the third-team quarterback.

TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson and Northwestern’s Damien Anderson, the nation’s top two rushers, were the running backs.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pound Tomlinson ran for 2,158 yards — the fourth highest single-season total in I-A history — in leading the Horned Frogs (10-1) to the Western Athletic Conference title and a berth in the Mobile Alabama Bowl. The 5-11, 208-pound Anderson ran for 1,914 yards as the Wildcats (8-3) took a share of the Big Ten title and earned a trip to the Alamo Bowl.

Minnis, who stepped in for two-time All-American Peter Warrick, made life easier for Weinke by catching 63 passes for 1,340 yards and 11 TDs — an average of 21.3 yards. The other wide receiver was Pittsburgh’s Antonio Bryant, the Biletnikoff Award winner who led the nation in average yards per game (130.2) with 68 catches for 1,302 yards and 11 TDs.

Moss was chosen as the all-purpose player. The 5-10, 180-pound senior caught 45 passes for 748 yards and five TDs, and ranked fourth nationally in punt returns with an 18.2-yard average. The Big East’s co-offensive player and special teams player of the year also returned four punts for touchdowns.

Morgan, the first player to win the Butkus, Bednarik and Nagurski awards in the same season, topped the Big East with 138 tackles, including 15 for losses on a defense that ranked fifth in points allowed at 15.5 per game. The Bednarik and Nagurski awards are for the nation’s top defensive player, the Butkus goes to the top linebacker.

Linebacker Rocky Calmus was the lone first-team representative for No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0).The Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences led the way with five players apiece on the team, which consisted of 17 seniors, seven junior and two sophomores. The sophomores were Bryant and Cincinnati kicker Jonathan Ruffin.

Brian Natkin of Texas-El Paso was the tight end after a season of 64 catches for 787 yards and four TDs.

Center Dominic Raiola of Nebraska anchors an offensive line that also features Steve Hutchinson of Michigan, Leonard Davis of Texas, Chris Brown of Georgia Tech and Chad Ward of Washington. Average weight? 322.8 pounds.

Ruffin led the nation in field goals with 26 — on 29 attempts and hit 26 of 27 extra points. Last season, he hit just five of 12 field goals.

Joining Lombardi Award winner Reynolds along the defensive line were Outland Trophy winner John Henderson of Tennessee, Andre Carter of California and Casey Hampton of Texas — the only repeater from last year. Reynolds led the Seminoles with 12 sacks, Henderson topped the SEC with 12 sacks, Carter had a school record 13˝ sacks, and Hampton was the Big 12’s defensive player of the year with 74 tackles, 18 for losses.

Along with Morgan and Calmus, the other linebackers were Keith Adams of Clemson and Carlos Polk of Nebraska. Morgan, 6-3, 245, was the Big East’s leading tackler with 138 stops, including 15 for losses, Calmus, 6-3, 234 pounds, led the Sooners with 122 tackles, including 17 against Nebraska, Adams finished with 138 tackles, and Polk was the Huskers’ leading tackler with 89 stops and returned his one interception for a TD.

In addition to Reed, the secondary consisted Fred Smoot of Mississippi State, Dwight Smith of Akron and Jamar Fletcher of Wisconsin. Reed returned two of his eight interceptions for scores, Smoot had five interceptions, Smith was the nation’s co-leader in interceptions with 10 — two were returned for TDs, and Fletcher had six interceptions in the nine games he played.

Nick Harris of California was the punter. He averaged 41.5 yards per punt, with 36 of his 73 punts falling inside the opponents’ 20-yard line — 17 inside the 10.

2000 AP All-America Football Team

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback — Chris Weinke, Florida State, 6-5, 229, senior, St. Paul, Minn.

Running backs — Damien Anderson, Northwestern, 5-11, 208, junior, Wilmington, Ill., LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 5-11, 217, senior, Waco, Texas.

Wide receivers — Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 180, sophomore, Miami, Marvin Minnis, Florida State, 6-1, 185, senior, Miami.

Tight End — Brian Natkin, Texas-El Paso, 6-4, 245, senior, San Antonio.

Center — Dominic Raiola, Nebraska, 6-2, 300, junior, Honolulu. Guards-Tackles — Chris Brown, Georgia Tech, 6-6, 315, senior, Augusta, Ga., Leonard Davis, Texas, 6-6, 365, senior, Wortham, Texas, Steve Hutchinson, Michigan, 6-5, 299, senior, Coral Springs, Fla., Chad Ward, Washington, 6-5, 335, senior, Finley, Wash.

Placekicker — Jonathan Ruffin, Cincinnati, 5-10, 184, sophomore, Metairie, La.

All-Purpose — Santana Moss, Miami, 5-10, 180, senior, Miami.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Andre Carter, California, 6-5, 260, senior, San Jose, Calif., Casey Hampton, Texas, 6-1, 310, senior, Galveston, Texas, John Henderson, Tennessee, 6-7, 290, junior, Nashville, Tenn., Jamal Reynolds, Florida State, 6-4, 254, senior, Aiken, S.C.

Linebackers — Keith Adams, Clemson, 5-11, 220, junior, College Park, Ga., Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma, 6-3, 234, junior, Jenks, Okla., Dan Morgan, Miami, 6-3, 245, senior, Coral Springs, Fla., Carlos Polk, Nebraska, 6-2, 250, senior, Rockford, Ill.

Backs — Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin, 5-10, 175, junior, St. Louis, Edward Reed, Miami, 6-0, 190, junior, Destrehan, La., Dwight Smith, Akron, 5-11, 200, senior, Detroit, Fred Smoot, Mississippi State, 6-1, 179, senior, Jackson, Miss.

Punter — Nick Harris, California, 6-3, 220, senior, Avondale, Ariz.

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback — Josh Heupel, Oklahoma.

Running backs — Rudi Johnson, Auburn, Ken Simonton, Oregon State.

Wide receivers — Fred Mitchell, UCLA, David Terrell, Michigan.

Tight end — Todd Heap, Arizona State.

Center — Ben Hamilton, Minnesota. Guards-Tackles — Jeff Backus, Michigan, Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami, Kenyatta Walker, Florida, Pork Chop Womack, Mississippi State.

Place-kicker — Jamie Rheem, Kansas State.

All-purpose — Aaron Lockett, Kansas State.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Mario Fatafeni, Kansas State, Julius Peppers, North Carolina, Richard Seymour, Georgia, Justin Smith, Missouri.

Linebackers — Adam Archuleta, Arizona State, Anthony Denman, Notre Dame, Levar Fisher, North Carolina State, Jason Glenn, Texas A&M.

Backs — Tay Cody, Florida State, Anthony Floyd, Louisville, J.T. Thatcher, Oklahoma, Lito Sheppard, Florida.

Punter — Brian Morton, Duke.

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback — Drew Brees, Purdue.

Running backs — Lee Suggs, Virginia Tech, Anthony Thomas, Michigan.

Wide receivers — Jabar Gaffney, Florida, Koren Robinson, North Carolina State.

Tight end — Tracey Wistrom, Nebraska.

Center — Casey Rabach, Wisconsin. Guards-Tackles — Chris Gibson, Oregon State, Seth McKinney, Texas A&M, Kendall Simmons, Auburn, Tarlos Thomas, Florida State.

Place-kicker — Alex Walls, Tennessee.

All-purpose — Emmett White, Utah State.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Alex Brown, Florida, Willie Howard, Stanford, Cedric Scott, Southern Mississippi, Larry Triplett, Washington.

Linebackers — Joe Cooper, Ohio State, Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina, Torrance Marshall, Oklahoma, Ben Taylor, Virginia Tech.

Backs — Rashard Bauman, Oregon, Sheldon Brown, South Carolina, Robert Carswell, Clemson, Nate Clements, Ohio State.

Punter — Kevin Stemke, Wisconsin.