Dec. 15, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech junior defensive end Derrick Morgan was named first team All-American and Yellow Jacket junior wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was named third team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The honors continue to roll in for Morgan, who earlier this month earned first team All-American honors (AFCA), second team All-American (Camp), first team All-ACC, and he was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Morgan was also named second team All-American by Sporting News on Tuesday.
Thomas is the first Georgia Tech offensive player named Associated Press All-American since Calvin Johnson in 2006.
Morgan and Clemson’s C.J. Spiller (all-purpose player) were the only two ACC players named to the AP first team.
Morgan has 12.5 sacks on the season, which ranks first in the ACC and sixth nationally. He is just the seventh player in Tech history to record 10 or more sacks in one season. He has 18.0 tackles for loss, which ranks second in the ACC and tied for 18th nationally.
Thomas, a first team All-ACC selection and a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, leads the ACC and ranks 16th nationally in receiving yards per game (88.8). He averages 25.1 yards per reception, the second-highest average nationally and the highest average in Georgia Tech and ACC history. Thomas has 18 receptions of 20 yards or longer this season, nine receptions of 50 yards or longer, and is tied for the most in the nation with four receptions of 70 yards or longer.
ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
First Team Offense QB – Colt McCoy, Texas RB – Toby Gerhart, Stanford RB – Mark Ingram, Alabama OT – Russell Okung, Oklahoma State OT – Trent Williams, Oklahoma OG – Michael Johnson, Alabama OG — Mike Iupati, Idaho C – J.D. Walton, Baylor TE – Aaron Hernandez, Florida WR – Golden Tate, Notre Dame WR – Jordan Shipley, Texas AP – C.J. Spiller, Clemson K – Leigh Tiffin, Alabama
First Team Defense DE – Jerry Hughes, TCU DE – Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech DT – Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska DT – Terrence Cody, Alabama LB – Rolando McClain, Alabama LB – Greg Jones, Michigan State LB – Eric Norwood, South Carolina CB – Joe Haden, Florida CB – Javier Arenas, Alabama S – Eric Berry, Tennessee S – Earl Thomas, Texas P – Drew Butler, Georgia
Second Team Offense QB – Tim Tebow, Florida RB – Ryan Mathews, Fresno State RB – Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh OT – Bryan Bulaga, Iowa OT – Chris Marinelli, Stanford OG – Rodney Hudson, Florida State OG – Mike Pouncey, Florida C – Maukice Pouncey, Florida TE – Dennis Pitta, BYU WR – Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati WR – Danario Alexander, Missouri AP – James Rodgers, Oregon State K – Kai Forbath, UCLA
Second Team Defense DE – Von Miller, Texas A&M DE – Brandon Graham, Michigan DT – Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma DT – Jared Odrick, Penn State LB – Pat Angerer, Iowa LB – Brandon Spikes, Florida LB – Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri CB – Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State CB – Kyle Wilson, Boise State S – Taylor Mays, USC S – Rahim Moore, UCLA P – Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
Third Team Offense QB – Kellen Moore, Boise State RB – LaMichael James, Oregon RB – Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State OT – Dennis Landolt, Penn State OT – Ciron Black, LSU OG – Brandon Carter, Texas Tech OG – Jeff Byers, USC C – Chris Hall, Texas TE – Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh WR – Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech WR – Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green AP – Dexter McCluster, Mississippi K – Hunter Lawrence, Texas
Third Team Defense DE – Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma DE – Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech DT – Brian Price, UCLA DT – Dan Williams, Tennessee LB – Sergio Kindle, Texas LB – Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech LB – Navorro Bowman, Penn State CB – Brandon Harris, Miami CB – Alterraun Verner, UCLA S – Tyler Sash, Iowa S – Mark Barron, Alabama P – Matt Reagan, Memphis
SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE QB Colt McCoy, Sr., Texas RB Mark Ingram, Soph., Alabama RB Toby Gerhart, Sr., Stanford WR Golden Tate, Jr., Notre Dame WR Jordan Shipley, Sr., Texas TE Aaron Hernandez, Jr., Florida OL Mike Johnson, Sr., Alabama OL Charles Brown, Sr., USC OL Bryan Bulaga, Sr., Iowa OL Maurkice Pouncey, Jr., Florida OL Russell Okung, Sr., Oklahoma State K Kai Forbath, Jr., UCLA KR C.J. Spiller, Sr., Clemson
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE DE Jerry Hughes, Sr., TCU DE Von Miller, Jr., Texas A&M DT Gerald McCoy, Jr., Oklahoma DT Ndamukong Suh, Sr., Nebraska LB Brandon Spikes, Sr., Florida LB Sergio Kindle, Sr., Texas LB Rolando McClain, Jr., Alabama CB Perrish Cox, Sr., Oklahoma State CB Joe Haden, Jr., Florida S Kurt Coleman, Sr., Ohio State S Eric Berry, Jr., Tennessee P Drew Butler, Soph., Georgia PR Antonio Brown, Jr., Central Michigan
SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE QB Tim Tebow, Sr., Florida RB Dion Lewis, Fr., Pittsburgh RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Soph., Oregon State WR Danario Alexander, Sr., Missouri WR Mardy Gilyard, Sr., Cincinnati TE Dorin Dickerson, Sr., Pittsburgh OL Adam Ulatoski, Sr. Texas OL Trent Williams, Sr., Oklahoma OL Mike Iupati, Sr., Idaho OL Jon Asamoah, Sr., Illinois OL Chris Marinelli, Sr., Stanford K Grant Ressel, Soph., Missouri KR Chris Owusu, Soph., Stanford
SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE DE Brandon Graham, Sr., Michigan DE Derrick Morgan, Jr., Georgia Tech DT Terrence Cody, Sr., Alabama DT Brian Price, Jr., UCLA LB Navorro Bowman, Jr., Penn State LB Daryl Washington, Sr., TCU LB Sean Weatherspoon, Sr., Missouri CB Javier Arenas, Sr., Alabama CB Patrick Peterson, Soph., LSU S Taylor Mays, Sr., USC S Earl Thomas, Soph., Texas P Matt Dodge, Sr., East Carolina PR LaVon Brazill, Jr., Ohio
THIRD-TEAM OFFENSE QB Jimmy Clausen, Jr., Notre Dame RB Ryan Williams, Fr., Virginia Tech RB LaMichael James, Fr., Oregon WR Freddie Barnes, Sr., Bowling Green WR Dezmon Briscoe, Jr., Kansas TE Dennis Pitta, Sr., BYU OL Eric Olsen, Sr., Notre Dame OL Zane Beadles, Sr., Utah OL Anthony Davis, Jr., Rutgers OL John Jerry, Sr., Ole Miss OL Thomas Austin, Sr., Clemson K Leigh Tiffin, Sr., Alabama KR Brandon Banks, Sr., Kansas State
THIRD-TEAM DEFENSE DE Brandon Sharpe, Sr., Texas Tech DE Greg Romeus, Jr., Pitt DT Vince Oghobaase, Sr., Duke DT Jared Odrick, Sr., Penn State LB Andre Revels, Sr., Cincinnati LB Greg Jones, Jr., Michigan State LB Eric Norwood, Sr., South Carolina CB Syd’Quan Thompson, Sr., California CB Rafael Priest, Sr., TCU S DeAndre McDaniel, Jr., Clemson S Rahim Moore, Soph., UCLA P Tress Way, Fr., Oklahoma PR Greg Reid, Fr., Florida State