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Dave Ball Named To Another All-America Team
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/04/2003

Dec. 4, 2003

UCLA defensive end Dave Ball, Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Oklahoma linebacker Teddy Lehman headline the 2003 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA Coaches' All-America Team is made up of players from NCAA Division I-A institutions.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all four of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.

THE OFFENSE

College football's most exciting receiver, Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh, caught 87 passes for 1,595 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Panthers this season. He is joined on the receiving corps this year by Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods and tight end Kellen Winslow of Miami (Fla.)

Woods set an NCAA record with seven touchdown catches in one game this season. On the year he caught 66 passes for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns. Winslow was the Hurricanes' second-leading receiver this season, catching 55 passes for 557 yards. Quarterbacking this year's team is Oklahoma's Jason White. The senior Sooner signal caller leads the nation in passing efficiency this year with a 177.9 rating and has thrown for 3,446 yards and 40 touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions.

Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones and Michigan's Chris Perry were chosen as this year's All-America runningbacks.

Jones rushed for 1,494 yards for the Hokies this season and scored 20 touchdowns. Perry was a vital cog in Michigan's drive to the Big 10 championship as he toted the ball for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Wolverines.

The offensive line features Arkansas' Shawn Andrews, USC's Jacob Rogers, Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Oklahoma's Jammal Brown and Iowa's Robert Gallery. Andrews is one of two returning All-Americans on this year's AFCA team. The junior from Camden, Ark. has been the most dominant blocker in the Southeastern Conference this season. Rogers anchors an offensive line that has helped the Trojans average 456.3 yards per game in total offense in 2003. Grove centered an offensive line that cleared the way for the Hokies' potent ground game. Brown was the top offensive lineman on the most talented team in college football this season. Gallery's play at tackle has played a big role in Iowa's offensive resurgence over the last two seasons.

THE DEFENSE

Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman headlines the linebacker corps for this year's AFCA Coaches' All-America Team. He is joined by fellow Butkus Award finalist Jonathan Vilma of Miami (Fla.) and Karlos Dansby of Auburn.

Lehman leads Oklahoma in tackles with 97 this season and spearheads a defense that has held opponents to 13.2 points and 233 yards per game this season. Vilma has been the Hurricanes' leading tackler each of the last three seasons and is a two-time Academic All-America selection. Dansby anchored an Auburn defense that held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing a game this season.

The defensive line features Tommie Harris of Oklahoma, David Pollock of Georgia, Will Smith of Ohio State and Dave Ball of UCLA.

Harris is making his second appearance on the AFCA All-America Team this year. The junior tackle has posted 34 tackles, including nine for a loss and four sacks for the Sooners. Pollack, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year a year ago, will enter the SEC Championship Game with 77 tackles for the Bulldogs. Smith led the Buckeyes in sacks and tackles for loss this season with 10.5 and 20 respectively. Ball will end his college career as UCLA's season and career sack leader and leads the nation with 16.5 sacks this year.

The defensive backs named to this year's AFCA Coaches' All-America Team are Sean Taylor of Miami (Fla.), Derrick Strait of Oklahoma, Corey Webster of LSU and Sean Jones of Georgia.

Taylor was the Hurricanes' second-leading tackler and led the squad in interceptions and pass break-ups. Strait was the leader of a Sooner secondary that held opponents to 139.2 pass yards per game in 2003. Webster picked off four passes and led LSU with 17 pass break-ups. Jones has 102 tackles for the Bulldogs so far this season and is the team's No. 2 tackler.

THE SPECIALISTS

The specialists on this year's AFCA Coaches' All-America Team are punter Kyle Larson of Nebraska, placekicker Nate Kaeding of Iowa and return specialist Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma.

Larson averaged 45.4 yards per punt and dropped 19 kicks inside Husker opponents' 20-yard line. Kaeding, a Groza Award finalist, led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 93 points as he converted 17 of 18 field goals and 36 of 37 PATs this year. He also rushed for one touchdown on a fake field goal. Perkins set NCAA records for punt return TDs in a game (three) and punt return yards in a game (277) and tied an NCAA record with four punt returns for touchdowns this season.

2003 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team

Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

WR Larry Fitzgerald 6-3 225 So. Pittsburgh Walt Harris Minneapolis, Minn. (Valley Forge Military)

WR Rashaun Woods 6-2 195 Sr. Oklahoma St. Les Miles Oklahoma City, Okla. (Millwood)

TE Kellen Winslow 6-5 250 Jr. Miami (Fla.) Larry Coker San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)

OL Jacob Rogers 6-6 305 Sr. USC Pete Carroll Oxnard, Calif. (Oxnard)

OL Shawn Andrews* 6-6 353 Jr. Arkansas Houston Nutt Camden, Ark. (Fairview)

C Jake Grove 6-3 300 Sr. Virginia Tech Frank Beamer Forest, Va. (Jefferson Forest)

OL Jammal Brown 6-6 313 Jr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Lawton, Okla. (MacArthur)

OL Robert Gallery 6-7 321 Sr. Iowa Kirk Ferentz Masonville, Iowa (East Buchanan)

QB Jason White 6-3 221 Sr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Tuttle, Okla. (Tuttle)

RB Kevin Jones 6-0 221 Jr. Virginia Tech Frank Beamer Chester, Pa. (Cardinal O'Hara)

RB Chris Perry 6-1 218 Sr. Michigan Lloyd Carr Advance, N.C. (Fork Union Military)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

DL Tommie Harris* 6-3 289 Jr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Killeen, Texas (Ellison)

DL David Pollack 6-3 278 Jr. Georgia Mark Richt Snellville, Ga. (Shiloh)

DL Will Smith 6-4 265 Sr. Ohio St. Jim Tressel Utica, N.Y. (Proctor)

DL Dave Ball 6-6 269 Sr. UCLA Karl Dorrell Dixon, Calif. (Dixon)

LB Teddy Lehman 6-2 243 Sr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Fort Gibson, Okla. (Fort Gibson)

LB Jonathan Vilma 6-2 223 Sr. Miami (Fla.) Larry Coker Coral Gables, Fla. (Coral Gables)

LB Karlos Dansby 6-5 234 Sr. Auburn Tommy Tuberville Birmingham, Ala. (Woodlawn)

DB Sean Taylor 6-3 230 Jr. Miami (Fla.) Larry Coker Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep)

DB Derrick Strait 5-11 195 Sr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Austin, Texas (Lanier)

DB Corey Webster 6-0 201 Jr. LSU Nick Saban Vacherie, La. (St. James)

DB Sean Jones 6-2 209 Jr. Georgia Mark Richt Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

P Kyle Larson 6-0 205 Sr. Nebraska Frank Solich Funk, Neb. (Kearney)

PK Nate Kaeding 6-0 180 Sr. Iowa Kirk Ferentz Coralville, Iowa (Iowa City West)

RS Antonio Perkins 6-0 188 Jr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Lawton, Okla. (Lawton)

*- 2002 AFCA All-American

Team Background

The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945.

The four teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams - Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996 the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III respectively.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997 a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team.

Selection Process

The AFCA's Division I-A All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine I-A districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee.

The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts, that information, along with ballots submitted by I-A head coaches, are used to select the AFCA I-A Coaches' All-America Team.


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