Spears named to AP All-America first team

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 Associated Press.

 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 by AP. 

 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 State.

 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 over Mississippi 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 All-America Teams

 First Team
Quarterback: Matt Leinart, Southern California, junior.
Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, freshman; J.J. Arrington, California, senior.
Wide receivers: Braylon Edwards, Michigan, senior; Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue, senior.
Tight end: Heath Miller, Virginia, junior.
Center: David Baas, Michigan, senior.
Guards-Tackles: Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, senior; Alex Barron, Florida State, senior; Elton Brown, Virginia, senior; Michael Munoz, Tennessee, senior.
Kicker: Mike Nugent, Ohio State, senior.
All-purpose: Reggie Bush, Southern California, sophomore.

Linemen: Erasmus James, Wisconsin, senior; David Pollack, Georgia, senior; Shaun Cody, Southern California; senior; Marcus Spears, LSU, senior.
Linebacker: Derrick Johnson, Texas, senior; Matt Grootegoed, Southern California; senior; A.J. Hawk, Ohio State, senior.
Defensive backs: Carlos Rogers, Auburn, senior; Antrel Rolle, Miami, senior; Marlin Jackson, Michigan, senior; Ernest Shazor, Michigan, senior.
Punter: Brandon Fields, Michigan State, sophomore.

 Second Team
Quarterback: Alex Smith, Utah, junior.
Running backs: Cedric Benson, Texas, senior; Carnell Williams, Auburn, senior.
Wide receivers: Dante Ridgeway, Ball State, junior; Mark Clayton, Oklahoma, senior.
Tight end: Alex Smith, Stanford, senior.
Center: Marvin Philip, California, junior.
Guards-tackles: Chris Kemoeatu, Utah, senior; Marcus McNeil, Auburn; junior; Dan Buenning, Wisconsin, senior; Jonathan Scott, Texas; junior.
K: Tyler Jones, Boise State; senior.
All-purpose: Chad Owens, Hawaii, senior.

Linemen: Jonathan Goddard, Marshall, senior; Dan Cody, Oklahoma, senior; Matt Roth, Iowa, senior; Ryan Riddle, California, senior.
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, senior.

 Third Team
Quarterback: Jason White, Oklahoma, senior.
Running backs: Jamario Thomas, North Texas, freshman; DeAngelo Williams, Memphis, junior.
Wide receivers: Mike Haas, Oregon State, junior; Roddy White, UAB, senior.
Tight ends:Trey Haverty, Texas Tech, senior.
Center: Ben Wilkerson, LSU, senior.
Guards-tackles: Rob Petitti, Pittsburgh, senior; Sam Mayes, Oklahoma State, senior; Wesley Britt, Alabama, senior; Travis Leffew, Louisville, junior.
Kicker: Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan. sophomore.
All-purpose: Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State, freshman.

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 California, 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.

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