Football writers name Reed All-American

LSU wide receiver Josh Reed received the first of what should be many accolades for his performance in the 2001 season. The Football Writers Association of America has named him to its All-American team.

Reed, a product of Rayne, La., currently leads the nation in receiving yards per game (149.4) and is second in receiving yards (1,494). He is averaged eight catches per game (No. 3 NCAA) and is tied for sixth in the country with 80 catches in his junior season. 

On a 33-yard reception in the second quarter against Arkansas, Reed set the Southeastern Conference record for receiving yards in a season, passing the 1,357 set by Travis McGriff of Florida in 1998. He heads into the Tigers' season finale against Auburn with 1,494 yards.

With 183 receiving yards against Arkansas, Reed now owns the LSU career receiving record. He bypassed Wendell Davis, who totaled 2,708 yards from 1984 to 1987.

Reed has 16 games with over 100 yards in receiving after having played just 24 at the position. Against Alabama, he received national recognition for hauling in 19 passes for 293 yards - both SEC single game marks.

In addition to Reed, four other players from the SEC were recognized in the FWAA ballotting. The league's leading rusher, Tennessee running back Travis Stephens, Florida wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and Florida lineman Mike Pearson were named to the offensive squad, and linemen Alex Brown of Florida and John Henderson of Tennessee were defensive picks.

Reed, Gaffney and Wisconsin's Lee Evans are finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club will announce the winner next week.

Henderson is the defending Outland Trophy Award winner, and Brown and Pearson are repeat All-SEC picks.

Miami safety Ed Reed (no relation), a native of Destrehan, La., was also selected to the FWAA team.

Football Writers Association of America 2001 All-American Team

OFFENSE

QB

Antwaan Randle El, Indiana

5-10

194

Sr.

RB

Travis Stephens, Tennessee

5-9

190

Sr.

RB

Luke Staley, BYU

6-1

218

Jr.

WR

Josh Reed, LSU

5-11

205

Jr.

WR

Jabar Gaffney, Florida

6-1

202

So.

TE

Daniel Graham, Colorado

6-3

245

Sr.

C

LeCharles Bentley, Ohio St.

6-2

300

Sr.

OL

Toniu Fonoti, Nebraska

6-4

340

Jr.

OL

Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami

6-5

292

Sr.

OL

Bryant McKinnie, Miami

6-9

335

Sr.

OL

Mike Pearson, Florida

6-7

292

Jr.

DEFENSE

DL

Alex Brown, Florida

6-4

254

Sr.

DL

Dwight Freeney, Syracuse

6-2

250

Sr.

DL

John Henderson, Tennessee

6-7

290

Sr.

DL

Julius Peppers, N. Carolina

6-6

285

Jr.

LB

Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma

6-3

235

Sr.

LB

E.J. Henderson, Maryland

6-2

238

Jr.

LB

Robert Thomas, UCLA

6-2

237

Sr.

DB

Quentin Jammer, Texas

6-1

200

Sr.

DB

Troy Polamalu, USC

5-10

210

Jr.

DB

Edward Reed, Miami

6-0

198

Sr.

DB

Roy Williams, Oklahoma

6-0

215

Jr.

SPECIALISTS

K

Seth Marler, Tulane

6-0

178

Jr.

P

Dave Zastudil, Ohio

6-5

215

Sr.

KR

Luke Powell, Stanford

5-8

165

Jr.

 

 


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