Suh named AFCA All-America

Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is one of 25 players selected as a member of the 2009 American Football Coaches Association Coaches' All-America team, the organization announced on Thursday. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and the team is selected by the nation's head coaches.

The selection of Suh as a first-team All-American represents Nebraska's first All-America pick since defensive back Josh Bullocks and punter Kyle Larson earned first-team honors in 2003. Suh is the 93rd Husker to earn first-team All-America honors from a major national service, including 14 double winners for a total of 107 first-team All-America selections in school history. 

Nebraska is among the all-time leaders in AFCA All-Americans with 44 players earning 49 first-team All-America awards from the AFCA. Only five schools have earned more AFCA All-Americans. 

Suh has been the leader of one of the nation's most dominant defensive units in 2009. The 6-4, 300-pounder has 70 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He also has a team-high 24 quarterback hurries, 10 pass breakups and three blocked kicks, making him one of the most impactful defenders in college football in recent years. 

Suh is also a finalist for six major national awards, including the Walter Camp Player of the Year as announced on Wednesday. Suh is the only defender among the five finalists and just the third defensive player to be named a finalist since 2001. Only two defensive players have captured the Walter Camp Player of the Year. 

Suh was one of six Big 12 players named to the AFCA All-America team, including three from Texas and one each from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

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