Levitre AFCA All-America, consensus on tap?

A LONGTIME OBSERVER of the Oregon State football scene first said it to me the day after the USC game, when Andy Levitre was driving his man 5, 6, even 10 yards downfield. "We saw a future All-America left tackle last night," said a man who has followed Beaver Football for more than 40 years. True indeed, as Levitre was named 2008 All-America by the American Football Coaches Association this week.

Everyone and their sister it seems puts out an All-America team these days. But for college football purists, the AFCA honor is one of the Big Five.

And first-team honors on three of the five major All-America teams would make Levitre a consensus choice.

The five are: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Their All-America teams are usually announced in early to mid December.

Levitre, a senior co-captain for the Beavs, helped fuel the Pac-10 conference's top passing offense this season at Oregon State on their way to an 8-4 regular season record, 7-2 in the Pac-10.

The Beavers, who whose most likely bowl destination looks to be the Sun Bowl, are going bowling this postseason for the fourth time during Levitre's career in Corvallis.

Levitre, a versatile hoss, moved to left tackle this season, the position given to a team's best pass blocker since he's most responsible for protecting a right handed quarterback's blind side.

He also anchored an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks during the regular season (No. 1 in Pac-10) and paved the way for true freshman Jacquizz Rodgers to lead the conference in rushing yards and set the all-time Pac-10 freshman rushing mark (1,253 yards). The Beaver offense averaged 418.2 yards per game this regular season.

Levitre is one of only two Pac-10 players recognized on this year's AFCA All-America Team and, from a conference known for their offensive prowess, the only Pac-10 player on the offensive side. USC linebacker Rey Maualuga is the only other conference representative.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945.

Click to here for more information about the 2008 AFCA All-America Team.

Levitre is currently projected as one of the top tackles available in next spring's NFL Draft.

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