Ngata Consensus All-American

EUGENE – Junior defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been named a first team All-American according to the Football Writers Association of America. Ngata becomes Oregon's first player to be a consensus All-American since Mel Renfro in 1962. Ngata was named to the Walter Camp All-America team yesterday. In order to a consensus All-American, a player must be named to more than one major All-America team.

Ngata is fourth on the team in tackles with 59 and is second in the Pacific-10 Conference in tackles by a defensive lineman. The 6-5, 340-pound Salt Lake City, Utah, native posted a single-game high 11 tackles in this season's win over California. In addition, he ranked third on the team with nine tackles for losses, including three quarterback sacks, and was tied for second on the team in passes broken up with five.

Last month, Ngata became the Ducks' first defensive lineman in 18 years to claim the team's MVP honor, with nose tackle Rollin Putzier sharing the award in 1987, and the second consecutive junior to receive the acclaim. Tailback Terrence Whitehead was the recipient of last year's honor following his junior season.

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