Three Tigers named midseason All-Americans

The college football season has reached the midway point and three members of LSU's fifth-ranked football team have been named to All-America teams based on played during the first half of the season.

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, linebacker Ali Highsmith and safety Craig Steltz each have been named to midseason All-America teams as selected by Sports Illustrated and

LSU (6-1 overall, 3-1 in SEC) goes into this weekend's game with Auburn (5-2, 3-1) with a defense that is ranked among the top 10 in the nation in five categories, which includes having college football's top rated defense in terms of pass efficiency. LSU is also No. 2 in total defense, No. 4 in pass defense, No. 6 in scoring defense and No. 7 in rushing defense.

The All-America squad, as voted on by college football experts at the website, features three players from LSU and three from Boston College to lead all teams in terms of midseason All-America selections.

LSU's Dorsey headlines the list of defenders on the team. In seven games, Dorsey has recorded 34 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and four sacks for an LSU defense that ranks No. 2 nationally in yards allowed per game at 223.1 per contest.

Dorsey, a senior from Gonzales, La., has also batted down two passes at the line of scrimmage and he's registered a total of three quarterback hurries.

Steltz, a senior from New Orleans, leads the Tigers in tackles with 49 to his credit. He also ranks first in the Southeastern Conference with four interceptions, which includes a school-record tying three in LSU's win over Mississippi State to open the year. Steltz also has four tackles for losses, forced two fumbles and recorded a sack.

Highsmith, a senior from Miami, is second on the team with 45 tackles, which includes 5.0 tackles for losses and a half sack. Highsmith is first on the team with six pass breakups and quarterback hurries.

All three Tigers were named to the Midseason All-America list as well.

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