Dec. 17, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michael Ray Garvin was an All-American in track and football in high school and now he is an All-American in track and football in college as well. The nation’s leading kick returner was named a first team All-American by Sporting News on Wednesday. Joining Garvin on the team was Graham Gano who was named a second team All-American.
Garvin, a senior from New Jersey, earned All-ACC Second-Team honors as a specialist and he led the nation in average yards per kickoff return with a career-high 32.8 yards per return average. He will enter Florida State’s game against Wisconsin needing only 54 yards to establish the Seminoles’ career record for kickoff return yards. Garvin has 35 career kickoff returns for 1,650 yards during in three years as the Seminoles lead kickoff return specialist. Garvin comes into the Champs Sports Bowl with 69 returns for 1,650 yards (23.9 yards per return) after posting a career-high 172 yards on five kickoffs in the regular season finale against Florida.
All-America honors are coming in fast and furious for the Seminole football team. Yesterday Andrew Datko was named a freshman All-American by Sporting News. AP named Gano and Everette Brown to its second team and Myron Rolle to the third team. SI.com named Gano to its second team and Brown and Garvin to the third team. Phil Steele had Gano and Brown on his second team.