Dorsey, who was also a first-team AP All-America in 2006, earned the honor again this year after leading the second-ranked Tigers to the Southeastern Conference title and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game. LSU will face
Tinsley was LSU's first two-time AP All-American, earning the distinction as an end in 1935 and 1936. Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy Winner, followed Tinsley by being a first-team AP All-America as a running back in 1958 and 1959, while Casanova was a first-team AP All-America as a defensive back in 1969 and 1970.
"This is a tremendous honor to be named alongside some of the great players in LSU history as a repeat All-American," Dorsey said. "To have my name mentioned in the same sentence as Billy Cannon and Tommy Casanova brings a smile to my face.
"I have to give all the credit to my teammates and coaches because without them and what we've done on the field as unit, this award would not be possible."
In 13 games this year, Dorsey has been the key to an LSU defense that ranks among the top 10 in the nation in three categories, including a No. 3 rating in total defense. Despite battling knee and lower back ailments for the last half of the season, Dorsey still managed 64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses and six sacks.
Dorsey, a senior defensive tackle from
The AP distinction caps a senior season for Dorsey that has seen him capture four national awards – the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Lott – on his way to becoming the most decorated defender in school history. Only Cannon can claim to have won more awards in his career than Dorsey.
Steltz joined Dorsey on the first unit after leading the Tigers with 97 tackles and ranking first in the conference with six interceptions. Steltz, who was also one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the top defensive back in college football, added five tackles for losses and seven pass breakups for the Tigers in 2007.
Highsmith, a three-year starter at linebacker for LSU, ranks second on the team with 93 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks. He also had nine quarterback hurries, eight pass breakups and forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
As a unit, LSU's defense recorded a total of 32 sacks and forced 31 turnovers.
2007 Associated Press All-
Center -- Steve Justice, senior, 6-4, 284,
Tight end -- Martin Rucker, senior, 6-6, 255,
All-purpose player -- Jeremy Maclin, freshman, 6-1, 185,
Kicker -- Thomas Weber, freshman, 6-1, 202,
Safeties -- Craig Steltz, senior, 6-2, 209, LSU; Jamie Silva, senior, 5-11, 210,
Punter -- Kevin Huber, junior, 6-1, 210,
Quarterback -- Chase Daniel, junior,
Center -- Jonathan Luigs, junior,
Tight end -- Fred Davis, senior, Southern
All-purpose player -- Felix Jones, junior,
Quarterback -- Colt Brennan, senior,
Center -- Adam Spieker, senior,
Tight end -- Travis Beckum, junior,
All-purpose players -- DeSean Jackson, junior,
Kicker -- John Sullivan, senior, New
Cornerbacks -- Alphonso Smith, junior,
Punter -- Brett Kern, senior,