LSU's Marcus Spears pulled in another honor on Monday as the senior defensive lineman was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, the organization announced.
Spears, from Baton Rouge, has
now been cited as a first-team All-America by three different organizations -
the Walter Camp Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association and the
In addition's to Spears' first-team
recognition, teammates Corey Webster and Ben Wilkerson were also named to one of
the three All-America teams by AP. Webster, a senior cornerback, earned a spot
on the second-team, while Wilkerson, a center, was named third-team All-America
In 2004, Spears led an LSU defense
that ranks No. 3 in the nation in total defense with 48 tackles and 17 tackles
for losses. He ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in sacks with nine, a
figure that ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history. His 19 career
sacks ranks fifth in school history.
Spears capped his senior season by
recording 14 tackles for losses and eight sacks over LSU's final five games.
Spears, who added 21 quarterback hurries in 2004, also returned an interception
35-yards for a touchdown against Mississippi
Spears was named the SEC Defensive
Lineman of the Week twice this year.
Webster, who was named first-team
All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and second-team by the
Walter Camp Foundation this year, played in 10 games with nine starts in 2004.
He finished with 31 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions.
Webster's two interceptions in 2004
ran his career mark to 16, which ranks as the second-highest total in school
history. A semifinalist for the Thorpe Award each of the past two seasons,
Webster was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his effort in a 51-0 win
State. In that game,
Webster had two tackles, intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a
fumble in the victory over the Bulldogs.
Wilkerson was recognized by the AP
as a third-team selection despite missing the final three games of the season
with a ruptured patella tendon. Wilkerson, who earlier this week was named the
co-recipient of the Rimington Trophy along with Michigan's
David Baas, has been out of action since the Vanderbilt game on Oct. 30.
For his career, Wilkerson started
41 games for the Tigers leading LSU to a 33-8 mark over that span. A Hemphill,
Texas native, Wilkerson has also been named first-team All-America by the
American Football Coaches Association and the Sporting News, while being a
second-team pick by the Walter Camp Foundation.
2004 Associated Press
Quarterback: Matt Leinart, Southern California, junior.
Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, freshman; J.J.
Arrington, California, senior.
Wide receivers: Braylon Edwards, Michigan,
senior; Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue, senior.
Tight end: Heath Miller,
Center: David Baas, Michigan,
Guards-Tackles: Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, senior; Alex Barron, Florida State, senior; Elton Brown, Virginia, senior; Michael
Munoz, Tennessee, senior.
Kicker: Mike Nugent,
All-purpose: Reggie Bush, Southern California,
Linemen: Erasmus James, Wisconsin, senior; David Pollack, Georgia, senior; Shaun Cody, Southern California; senior; Marcus Spears,
Linebacker: Derrick Johnson, Texas, senior; Matt Grootegoed, Southern California;
senior; A.J. Hawk, Ohio
backs: Carlos Rogers, Auburn, senior; Antrel Rolle, Miami, senior; Marlin Jackson, Michigan, senior;
Ernest Shazor, Michigan, senior.
Punter: Brandon Fields,
Quarterback: Alex Smith, Utah,
Running backs: Cedric Benson,
Texas, senior; Carnell Williams, Auburn,
Wide receivers: Dante Ridgeway, Ball State,
junior; Mark Clayton, Oklahoma,
Tight end: Alex Smith, Stanford, senior.
Center: Marvin Philip,
Guards-tackles: Chris Kemoeatu, Utah, senior; Marcus McNeil, Auburn;
junior; Dan Buenning, Wisconsin, senior; Jonathan Scott, Texas; junior.
Tyler Jones, Boise
Linemen: Jonathan Goddard,
Marshall, senior; Dan Cody, Oklahoma, senior;
Matt Roth, Iowa, senior; Ryan Riddle,
Linebackers: Ahmad Brooks, Virginia, sophomore; Michael Boley, Southern Mississippi,
senior; Kevin Burnett, Tennessee, senior.
Defensive backs: Corey
Webster, LSU, senior; Thomas Davis, Georgia, junior; Junior Rosegreen, Auburn, senior; Morgan Scalley, Utah, senior.
Punter: Matt Payne, BYU,
Quarterback: Jason White, Oklahoma,
Running backs: Jamario Thomas,
freshman; DeAngelo Williams, Memphis,
Wide receivers: Mike Haas, Oregon
State, junior; Roddy White,
Tight ends:Trey Haverty, Texas Tech, senior.
Center: Ben Wilkerson,
Guards-tackles: Rob Petitti, Pittsburgh, senior; Sam Mayes, Oklahoma State, senior; Wesley Britt, Alabama, senior; Travis Leffew, Louisville,
Kicker: Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan. sophomore.
Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio
Linemen: Mathias Kiwanuka,
Boston College, junior; Mike Patterson, Southern California,
senior; Travis Johnson, Florida
State, senior; Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa, senior.
Linebackers: Barrett Ruud,
Nebraska, senior; Lofa Tatupu, Southern
junior; Leroy Hill, Clemson, senior.
Defensive backs: Mitch Meeuwsen,
Oregon State, senior; Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV; senior; Charles Gordon, Kansas, sophomore; Jason Allen, Tennessee, junior.
Punters: Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor, sophomore.