Kaeding, Gallery AFCA Coaches' All America

WACO, TEX. — Iowa's Robert Gallery and Nate Kaeding made the 2003 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA Coaches' All-America Team is made up of players from NCAA Division I-A institutions. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

THE OFFENSE

College football's most exciting receiver, Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh, caught 87 passes for 1,595 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Panthers this season. He is joined on the receiving corps this year by Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods and tight end Kellen Winslow of Miami (Fla.)

Woods set an NCAA record with seven touchdown catches in one game this season. On the year he caught 66 passes for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns. Winslow was the Hurricanes' second-leading receiver this season, catching 55 passes for 557 yards.

Quarterbacking this year's team is Oklahoma's Jason White. The senior Sooner signal caller leads the nation in passing efficiency this year with a 177.9 rating and has thrown for 3,446 yards and 40 touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions.

Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones and Michigan's Chris Perry were chosen as this year's All-America runningbacks.

Jones rushed for 1,494 yards for the Hokies this season and scored 20 touchdowns. Perry was a vital cog in Michigan's drive to the Big 10 championship as he toted the ball for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Wolverines.

The offensive line features Arkansas' Shawn Andrews, USC's Jacob Rogers, Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Oklahoma's Jammal Brown and Iowa's Robert Gallery.

Andrews is one of two returning All-Americans on this year's AFCA team. The junior from Camden, Ark. has been the most dominant blocker in the Southeastern Conference this season. Rogers anchors an offensive line that has helped the Trojans average 456.3 yards per game in total offense in 2003. Grove centered an offensive line that cleared the way for the Hokies' potent ground game. Brown was the top offensive lineman on the most talented team in college football this season. Gallery's play at tackle has played a big role in Iowa's offensive resurgence over the last two seasons.

THE SPECIALISTS

The specialists on this year's AFCA Coaches' All-America Team are punter Kyle Larson of Nebraska, placekicker Nate Kaeding of Iowa and return specialist Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma.

Larson averaged 45.4 yards per punt and dropped 19 kicks inside Husker opponents' 20-yard line. Kaeding, a Groza Award finalist, led the Hawkeyes in scoring with 93 points as he converted 17 of 18 field goals and 36 of 37 PATs this year. He also rushed for one touchdown on a fake field goal. Perkins set NCAA records for punt return TDs in a game (three) and punt return yards in a game (277) and tied an NCAA record with four punt returns for touchdowns this season.

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