Landry, Dorsey named AFCA All-Americans

LSU defenders LaRon Landry and Glenn Dorsey have been named to the America Football Coaches Association All-America Team, the organization announced on Thursday.

The selection of Landry and Dorsey to the AFCA All-America team marks the sixth consecutive year that LSU has had at least one player earn first team All-America honors. It's the first time both Landry and Dorsey have been recognized as first team All-Americans.


Landry and Dorsey have played a key role in leading the Tigers to a 10-2 overall mark and a No. 5 national ranking.


"This is a tremendous honor for these young men," LSU coach Les Miles said. "Both of these guys are outstanding representatives of our football program, both on and off the field. They earned this honor because of their performance on the field, but they are also first class individuals who carry themselves with great character off the field. I'm extremely proud of them."


Both Landry and Dorsey have been instrumental in leading a Tiger defense that is allowing just 12.5 points per game and 238.8 yards per contest. LSU's defense ranks No. 2 in the nation in total defense, No. 4 in pass defense, and No. 6 in scoring defense.


Landry, a senior free safety from Ama, La., is a four year starter on defense for the Tigers. For the third time in four years, Landry led the Tigers in tackles with 68 through 12 games in 2006. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four quarterback hurries, four pass breakups and one sack.


Landry has 311 tackles to his credit for his career and he ranks fifth in LSU history in career interceptions with 11.


Dorsey has been the key to LSU's defensive front, a unit that is allowing only 93 yards rushing per game. Dorsey has twice been named the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Lineman of the Week in 2006. In 12 games, Dorsey has recorded 59 tackles to go with 8.5 tackles for losses and three sacks.


 The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. 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 AFCA's Division I-A All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine I-A districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee.  


The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts, that information, along with ballots submitted by I-A head coaches, are used to select the AFCA I-A Coaches' All-America Team.


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