Davis Earns Second All-America Honor

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis earned his second freshman All-America honor today as The Sporting News announced its annual team. Davis earned first-team honors, while quarterback Juice Williams and tight end Jeff Cumberland were honorable mention All-America selections.

Davis started 11 of 12 games this year and finished the season with 52 tackles, an interception and six passes broken up.

On the other side of the ball, Williams passed for 1,489 yards and threw nine touchdown passes, breaking the school freshman passing record. His 576 rushing yards also broke Illinois records for single-season and career rushing yards by a quarterback. Cumberland had 16 catches from the tight end position, which ranked second on the team. He averaged 14.5 yards per catch and caught one touchdown pass.

Williams was also given the "Wait Til Next Year" Award by Sports Illustrated online, along with fellow conference signal-caller Kellen Lewis of Indiana. The award looked at players poised to have a breakout year in 2007.


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