Peppers Named Football News All-American

Chapel Hill, N.C. ------ University of North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers has been named a first-team All-America by Football News. Peppers, a finalist for both the Nagurski and Lombardi Awards, has 58 tackles this season, including 18 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Peppers was also a first-team Football News All-America selection last season.

Peppers is joined on the defensive line by Syracuse's Dwight Freeney, Wisconsin's Wendell Bryant and Washington's Larry Tripplett.

Peppers leads all defensive lineman in the country with three interceptions. He also ranks first on the team and is 95th nationally. Peppers made a spectacular interception in Carolina's 38-3 win at Clemson in which he shook off two blockers, batted Woody Dantzler's pass into the air and then made a diving lunge to catch the ball. He also had a interception return for a touchdown at Oklahoma and had a pickoff in the FSU game. The last time a defensive lineman led Carolina in interceptions was Ken Sheets with two in 1975.

Peppers is three sacks shy of Greg Ellis' school record for career sacks with 32.5.


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