Six Tigers named AP All-Americans

The Associated Press released its three All-America teams on Monday and LSU's second-ranked Tigers were well represented on the list, placing six players on the three squads. <br><br> Defensive tackle Chad Lavalais led the way for the 12-1 Tigers as he earned yet another First Team All-America honor.

Lavalais, who was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Nagurski Award, leads LSU with 16 tackles for losses and seven sacks to go with 57 overall tackles. Lavalais has also earned First Team All-America status from Walter Camp, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com and the Football Writers Association.

The Tigers placed three players on the AP Second Team All-America squad, including a pair of offensive linemen in junior center Ben Wilkerson and senior guard Stephen Peterman. Defensive back Corey Webster, a junior, earned a spot on the second team as a defensive back. Webster picked off six passes for the Tigers in 2003 as the LSU defense is ranked first in the SEC in six different categories, while also leading the nation in scoring defense.

Michael Clayton, the SEC's leading receiver in 2003 with 74 catches for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns, earned all-America status for the first time as a member of the AP third team. Clayton was joined on the third unit by sophomore Skyler Green, who made the team as a return specialist. Green currently leads the nation in punt returns with a 19.8 average.

Oklahoma, LSU's opponent in the 2004 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, placed five players on the first team led by Heisman Trophy winner Jason White. Other Sooners on the first time include Antonio Perkins (all-purpose), Tommie Harris (defensive line), Teddy Lehman (linebacker) and Derrick Strait (defensive back).


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