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ND’s Te’o is a first-team AP All-America selection

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is a first-team AP All-America pick
Posted on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was named to The Associated Press All-America first team Tuesday.

Second-ranked Alabama, which plays No. 1 Notre Dame in the Jan. 7 BCS championship game, placed four players on the team. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.

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

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

AP All-America teams

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback — Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Texas A&M.

Running backs — Montee Ball, senior, 5-11, 215, Wisconsin; Ka’Deem Carey, sophomore, 5-10, 197, Arizona.

Tackles — Luke Joeckel, junior, 6-6, 310, Texas A&M; Taylor Lewan, junior, 6-8, 309, Michigan.

Guards — Chance Warmack, senior, 6-3, 320, Alabama; Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina.

Center — Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 302, Alabama.

Tight end — Zach Ertz, senior, 6-6, 252, Stanford.

Receivers — Marqise Lee, sophomore, 6-0, 195, Southern California; Terrance Williams, senior, 6-2, 205, Baylor.

All-purpose player — Tavon Austin, senior, 5-9, 171, West Virginia.

Kicker — Cairo Santos, junior, 5-8, 160, Tulane.

Defense

Ends — Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, 6-6, 256, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State.

Tackles — Star Lotulelei, senior, 6-4, 320, Utah; Will Sutton, junior, 6-1, 267, Arizona State.

Linebackers — Manti Te’o, senior, 6-2, 255, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, junior, 6-3, 241, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, junior, 6-2, 232, Alabama.

Cornerbacks — Dee Milliner, junior, 6-1, 199, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, sophomore, 6-0, 172, Oregon State.

Safeties — Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State; Matt Elam, junior, 5-10, 202, Florida.

Punter — Ryan Allen, senior, 6-2, 215, 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 — Braxston 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 — Shariff 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.


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