Four Tigers Earn AP All-American

Auburn continues to pile up the individual awards following a perfect 12-0 regular season.

Auburn, Ala.—-The SEC Champion Auburn Tigers continue to rake in the individual awards as seniors Carlos Rogers, Junior Rosegreen and Carnell Williams and junior Marcus McNeill have been named to the 2004 Associated Press All-America Team, the media organization announced Monday. Rogers earned First-Team honors while Rosegreen, Williams and McNeill all garnered Second-Team status.

This marks only the second time in Auburn's history that four players have been named an All-American in the same season, the other being 1987 when Aundray Bruce, Kurt Crain, Tracy Rocker and Stacy Searels all earned the award. However, this is the first time that Auburn has had four AP All-Americans in the same season.

Rogers wins the Jim Thorpe Award last week in Orlando, Fla.

Rogers, a cornerback, finished the 2004 regular season with 41 tackles and two interceptions in helping guide Auburn to a national-best 11.2 points allowed per game. He also finished with 10 pass breakups, his most since 2001, as the Tigers ended the regular season with the nation's fifth-ranked defense. Auburn also finished eighth in pass defense. On Thursday, he was named the 2004 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's best defensive back.

Junior Rosegreen has been a leader for the defense in 2004.

A starter at safety and cornerback in his career, Rosegreen excelled playing safety full time as a senior. He leads the Tigers with five interceptions this season, including four against Tennessee in Knoxville, which tied a 65-year-old Southeastern Conference record and set a new Auburn high for most in a game. He is third on the team with 52 tackles and has three pass breakups.

Williams will finish his career as one of the most prolific backs in SEC history.

Williams, an Attalla, Ala., native, passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second consecutive season. He finished the 2004 regular season with 1,104 yards on 220 carries and 12 rushing touchdowns. Williams rushed for a touchdown in nine straight games this season, an Auburn record. He holds Auburn's record for most rushing touchdowns in a career with 45 and is second in 100-yard rushing games with 16, five behind Bo Jackson. The running back also has 19 receptions for one touchdown. Williams has 13 touchdowns this season, which leads the SEC.

Marcus McNeill was the most dominant offensive lineman in the SEC this season.

McNeill, a Decatur, Ga., native, has 19 pancake blocks this season in helping guide an Auburn offense that scored 33.4 points per game. The offensive tackle was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his effort against Kentucky this season.


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