Four from Tide on first team
Manziel, Joeckel named from A&M, along with Baylor receiver Williams.
Alabama is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a twotime first-team selection.
No other team had more than two players selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.
Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Stanford and Florida were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te’o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team.
Alabama faces topranked Notre Dame in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.
Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the firstteam quarterback. He was joined on the first team by Aggies tackle Luke Joeckel.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones also became twotime All-Americans.
Nine Southeastern Conference players made the first team, more than any other conference. The Pac-12 was second with six players on the first team. No other conference had more than two.
The team was voted on by a panel of 16 AP college football poll voters.
Barrett Jones, a senior who made the AllAmerica team as a tackle last season, was joined on the first team by Alabama teammates guard Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner. Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker was picked to the second team and quarterback AJ McCarron was selected to the third team.
Te’o, Heisman finalist and winner of seven other awards — including the Maxwell, Nagurski and Butkus — is the first Notre Dame defensive player to be an AP All-American since defensive back Shane Walton in 2002.
Manziel is the first freshman to make the first team at quarterback. On Saturday, the redshirt freshman became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 total yards to rank second in the nation.
Heisman finalist Collin Klein of Kansas State was the second-team quarterback.
Ball repeated as an AllAmerican, despite a slow start to the season and some early injuries. The senior is seventh in the nation in rushing at 133 yards per game, scored 21 touchdowns, and set the major college football record for career touchdowns. He has 82 going into the Rose Bowl.
Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, the nation’s leading rusher at 146 yards per game, was the other firstteam running back.
The receivers were Southern Cal’s Marqise Lee, who leads the nation in catches (112) and was second in yards receiving (1,680), and Baylor’s Terrance Williams, who leads in yards with 1,764.
Southern Mississippi: The Golden Eagles raided Oklahoma State for a head coach five years ago, and they are trying it again.
Southern Miss introduced Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as its new football coach Tuesday, confident that the 46-yearold can return the Golden Eagles to their winning ways after the worst season in school history.
Ellis Johnson was fired Nov. 27 after going 0-12. The freefall came one year after a 12-win season that included a Conference USA championship, No. 19 national ranking and Hawaii Bowl victory.
Monken’s arrival has to seem like a flashback for Southern Miss fans, who watched five years ago as Larry Fedora was introduced following the 2007 season. The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator finished with a 3419 record over four years — including a 12-2 mark in 2011 — at Southern Miss before leaving to become North Carolina’s coach.
Etc.: Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will follow former Badgers coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas but will remain with the team through its Rose Bowl appearance against Stanford. … Miami, Fla., cornerback Thomas Finnie was arrested on charges of grand theft and burglary, and he was suspended indefinitely from the football team. Coral Gables police said Finnie surrendered to authorities one week after he allegedly entered a dorm room and stole a laptop, and has confessed.
Alabama’s Associated Press All-Americans are led by center Barrett Jones, who was a first-team selection as a tackle last season.