Four from Tide on first team

Manziel, Joeckel named from A&M, along with Bay­lor re­ceiver Wil­liams.

Austin American-Statesman - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

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.

BUTCH DILL / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Alabama’s As­so­ci­ated Press All-Amer­i­cans are led by cen­ter Bar­rett Jones, who was a first-team se­lec­tion as a tackle last sea­son.

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