Aug. 9, 2012
THE FLATS – The preseason honors continue to roll in for Georgia Tech senior guard Omoregie Uzzi, who Thursday was named by Sports Illustrated as a preseason second team All-America.
Uzzi, a Lithonia (Ga.) native, was a first team All-ACC selection last season and also earned second team All-America honors from SI.com and third team honors from Rivals. Uzzi helped the Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense, fewest sacks allowed and third-down conversion percentage in 2011.
Already in 2012, Uzzi has been named to the Outland Trophy preseason watch list, has earned preseason second team All-America accolades by Lindy’s and Phil Steele, and is a preseason All-ACC pick by the conference and a number of publications.
Thirty teams from seven different conferences, as well as one independent, are represented on the first and second teams by Sports Illustrated. LSU led the way with five players, followed by USC with four. Alabama, Wisconsin and Oregon each had three players named. The ACC had five players selected from five teams.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2012 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM QB Matt Barkley, Sr., USC RB Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin RB Marcus Lattimore, Jr., South Carolina WR Robert Woods, Jr., USC WR Sammy Watkins, So., Clemson TE Tyler Eifert, Jr., Notre Dame T Ricky Wagner, Sr., Wisconsin G Jonathan Cooper, Sr., North Carolina C Barrett Jones, Sr., Alabama G Chance Warmack, Sr., Alabama T Luke Joeckel, Jr., Texas A&M
DE Jadeveon Clowney, So., South Carolina DT Kawann Short, Sr., Purdue DT Star Lotulelei, Sr., Utah DE Sam Montgomery, Jr., LSU LB Jarvis Jones, Jr., Georgia LB Manti Te’o, Sr., Notre Dame LB Chase Thomas, Sr., Stanford CB Tyrann Mathieu, Jr., LSU S T.J. McDonald, Sr., USC S Eric Reid, Jr., LSU CB David Amerson, Jr., NC State
K Quinn Sharp, Sr., Oklahoma State P Brad Wing, So., LSU Returns Tyrann Mathieu, Jr., LSU All-purpose De’Anthony Thomas, So., Oregon
SECOND TEAM QB Geno Smith, Sr., West Virginia RB Rex Burkhead, Sr., Nebraska RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon WR Marquess Wilson, Jr., Washington State WR Marqise Lee, So., USC WR Keenan Allen, Jr., Cal T Chris Faulk, Jr., LSU G Travis Frederick, Jr., Wisconsin C Gabe Ikard, Jr., Oklahoma G Omoregie Uzzi, Sr., Georgia Tech T D.J. Fluker, Jr., Alabama
DL Brandon Jenkins, Sr., Florida State DL Alex Okafor, Sr., Texas DL William Gholston, Jr., Michigan State DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Jr., Texas LB Arthur Brown, Sr., Kansas State LB Khaseem Greene, Sr., Rutgers LB Shayne Skov, Jr., Stanford CB Jonathan Banks, Sr., Mississippi State S Tony Jefferson, Jr. Oklahoma S John Boyett, Sr., Oregon CB Brodrick Brown, Sr., Oklahoma State
K Caleb Sturgis, Sr., Florida P Ryan Allen, Sr., Louisiana Tech Returns Tyler Lockett, So., Kansas State All-purpose Tavon Austin, Sr., West Virginia