Rashaun Woods selected to elite list

Woods and Michigan State's Charles Rogers named as top wide receivers by the Walter Camp Foundation.

Seven Big 12 players were named to the 2002 Walter Camp All-America team Thursday evening. Ohio State senior defensive back Michael Doss recieved a nod for the second-straight year.


NEW HAVEN, CT – Top-ranked University of Miami and Big Ten co-champion University of Iowa each placed three players on the offensive squad of the 2002 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team.  The prestigious All-America team was announced this evening on The Home Depot 2002 College Football Awards show, which was aired live on ESPN.

            Also for the first time in the Foundation's history, there was a tie in the voting at the quarterback position.  Senior Ken Dorsey of Miami shares All-America honors with Iowa senior signal caller Brad Banks.  Both players had outstanding seasons in leading their respective teams to Bowl Championship Series berths. 

          Dorsey, who is 38-1 in his career as a starter for the Hurricanes, passed for 3,073 yards and 26 touchdowns, while Banks led the Hawkeyes to an Orange Bowl berth by passing for 25 touchdowns and ranking as the nation's leading passer (166.0 QB rating).  In addition to Dorsey, the Big East-champion Hurricanes, who are third in the nation in scoring at 41.9 points a game, are represented by sophomore running back Willis McGahee and senior center Brett Romberg.   In addition to Banks, senior offensive lineman Eric Steinbach and junior tight end Dallas Clark represent the Hawkeyes.

McGahee, who rushed for 1,686 yards and 27 touchdowns, and senior Larry Johnson (Penn State), the nation's leading rusher (2,015 yards) and 2002 Walter Camp Player of the Year honoree, headline an explosive offensive backfield. 

Juniors Charles Rogers (Michigan State) and Rashaun Woods (Oklahoma State) are the wide receivers, while seniors Jon Stinchcomb (Georgia), Jordan Gross (Utah) and Derrick Dockery (Texas) round out the offensive line.   The placekicker is Mike Nugent (Ohio State), who connected on 24-of-26 field goals and 41-of-42 extra points for the second-ranked and Fiesta Bowl-bound Buckeyes.

Leading the defensive unit are two repeat Walter Camp All-America selections - senior linebacker E.J. Henderson (Maryland) and senior defensive back Mike Doss (Ohio State).  Henderson, who leads the Terrapins with 144 tackles (107 solo), is joined in the middle by senior Boss Bailey (Georgia), who led the Bulldogs to the SEC title, and junior Teddy Lehman (Oklahoma).  Doss, who recorded 98 tackles (62 solo) for the undefeated and Big Ten co-champion Buckeyes, leads an all-senior secondary that includes Troy Polamulu (USC), Shane Walton (Notre Dame) and Terence Newman (Kansas State).

The defensive line is bolstered by junior Terrell Suggs of Arizona State, who has a nation-best 22.0 sacks.  Joining Suggs on the interior are seniors Cory Redding (Texas) and Jimmy Kennedy (Penn State) as well as sophomore Tommie Harris (Oklahoma).  The punter on the team is Mark Mariscal (Colorado), who averaged 48.2 yards per punt, and the kick returner is Derek Abney (Kentucky), who returned six kicks (4 punt, 2 kickoff) for touchdowns this season.

The Walter Camp All-America team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the nation's Division 1-A schools and certified by the New Haven-based accounting firm of Scillia, Dowling and Natarelli Advisors LLC, a Centerprise Company.  

 Walter Camp Football Foundation President William Raffone was extremely pleased with the participation. 

"We had 88 percent participation in this year's voting," Raffone said.  "We are most appreciative of the cooperation of the coaches and SIDs in our effort to honor the most outstanding college players each and every season."

Walter Camp, "The Father of American football, first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.  Award recipients and members of the 2002 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the organization's national awards banquet on February 8, 2003 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.


2002 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team



Pos.   Name                          School                         Yr.       Hgt.     Wgt.    Hometown

WR    Charles Rogers             Michigan State              Jr.        6-4       205       Saginaw, MI

WR    Rashaun Woods            Oklahoma State             Jr.        6-2       190       Oklahoma City, OK

TE     Dallas Clark                  Iowa                             Jr.        6-4       244       Livermore, LA

OL     Jon Stinchcomb             Georgia                         Sr.        6-6       282       Lilburn, GA

OL     Eric Steinbach               Iowa                             Sr.        6-7       284       Lockport, IL

OL     Jordan Gross                 Utah                             Sr.        6-5       306       Fruitland, Idaho

OL     Derrick Dockery           Texas                           Sr.        6-6       345       Garland, TX

C       Brett Romberg              Miami (FL)                   Sr.        6-3       290       Windsor, Ontario Canada

QB    Ken Dorsey                  Miami (FL)                   Sr.        6-5       205       Orinda, CA

QB    Brad Banks                   Iowa                             Sr.        6-1       200       Belle Glade, FL

RB     Larry Johnson               Penn State                    Sr.        6-2       222       State College, PA

RB     Willis McGahee Miami (FL)                   So.       6-1       224       Miami, FL

PK     Mike Nugent                 Ohio State                     So.       5-10      170       Centerville, OH



Pos.   Name                           School                         Yr.       Hgt.     Wgt.    Hometown

DL     Terrell Suggs                 Arizona State                Jr.        6-3       252       Chandler, AZ

DL     Cory Redding                Texas                           Sr.        6-5       270       Houston, TX

DL     Tommie Harris              Oklahoma                     So.       6-3       280       Killeen, TX

DL     Jimmy Kennedy            Penn State                    Sr.        6-5       330       Yonkers, NY

LB     E.J. Henderson%          Maryland                      Sr.        6-2       250       Aberdeen, MD

LB     Teddy Lehman              Oklahoma                     Jr.        6-2       235       Fort Gibson, OK

LB     Boss Bailey                   Georgia                         Sr.        6-4       218       Folkston, GA

DB    Shane Walton                Notre Dame                  Sr.        5-11      185       San Diego, CA

DB    Michael Doss%             Ohio State                     Sr.        5-11      204       Canton, OH

DB    Terence Newman         Kansas State                 Sr.        5-11      185       Salina, KS

DB    Troy Polamulu               USC                             Sr.        5-10      215       Tenmile, OR

P       Mark Mariscal              Colorado                       Sr.        6-2       200       Tallahassee, FL

KR    Derek Abney                Kentucky                      Jr.        5-10      175       Mosinee, WI


%  - 2001 Walter Camp All-America selection

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