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Top row from left: Damien Anderson, RB, Northwestern, Chris Brown, OL, Georgia Tech, Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh, Leonard Davis, OL, Texas, Steve Hutchinson, OL, Michigan, Marvin Minnis, WR, Florida State. Bottom row from left: Santana Moss, all-purpose, Miami, Brian Natkin, TE, Texas-El Paso, Dominic Raiola, C, Nebraska, LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, TCU, Chad Ward, OL, Washington, Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State. (AP Photo/HO)
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Top row from left: Keith Adams, LB, Clemson, Rocky Calmus, LB, Oklahoma, Andre Carter, DL, California, Jamar Fletcher, DB, Wisconsin, Casey Hampton, DL, Texas, John Henderson, DL, Tennessee. Bottom row from left: Dan Morgan, LB, Miami, Carlos Polk, LB, Nebraska, Edward Reed, DB, Miami, Jamal Reynolds, DL Florida State, Dwight Smith, DB, Akron, Fred Smoot, DB, Mississippi State. (AP Photo/HO)
By RICHARD ROSENBLATT
AP Football Writer
The University of Miami is back in the All-America business.
Led by triple award-winning linebacker Dan Morgan, Miami joined Florida
State with three players selected Wednesday for The Associated Press
Wide receiver/punt returner Santana Moss and safety Edward Reed were the
other Hurricanes on the 26-player squad, which also features Florida State’s
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Chris Weinke.
It’s the first time since 1992 that Miami had as many as three
All-Americans, Florida State had four players on last year’s team.
Along with Weinke, wide receiver Marvin Minnis and defensive end Jamal
Reynolds were the other Seminoles chosen for the 2000 team.
Weinke led the nation with 4,167 yards passing and threw 33 touchdown
passes, with just 11 interceptions. He guided the third-ranked Seminoles (11-1)
to a national title game against No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0) in the Orange Bowl on
The Sooners’ Josh Heupel made second team, with Purdue’s Drew Brees the
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
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, who helped the Hurricanes (10-1) to a No. 2 ranking and Sugar Bowl
matchup against Florida on Jan. 2, 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
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 1/2 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 of 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 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 All-America team was selected by the following sports writers:
Andrew Bagnato (Chicago Tribune), Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Mark Blaudschun (Boston Globe), Chris Dufresne (Los Angeles Times), Bob Baum (AP Phoenix), Stephen Hawkins (AP Dallas), Paul Newberry (AP Atlanta), Alan Robinson (AP Pittsburgh), and Richard Rosenblatt (AP national college football writer).