Ngata Named to another AA Team

EUGENE – University of Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata solidified his standing among the nation's elite, earning a spot on The Sporting News' first-team All-America team.

His inclusion on the squad is the fourth such first-team All-America honor for the Salt Lake City junior among the five major organizations, publications and news services the NCAA considers for consensus All-America status. The only organization that did not list Ngata amongst its first-team All-America honorees was the American Football Coaches Association.

The NCAA defines consensus All-America status as those players who are named to the first team on more than one of the five primary honors contingents.

The 6-5, 340-pound Ngata becomes Oregon's first consensus All-American since Mel Renfro in 1962 and only the school's second ever since that distinction originated in 1950.

In addition, senior cornerback Aaron Gipson was named to the publication's second-team All-America list after previously receiving similar honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Sports Illustrated.

Ngata was the Pacific-10 Conference's leading tackler among interior linemen with 59 tackles, and was previously named the league's co-defensive player of the year by its coaches as well as the recipient of the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top defensive lineman as determined by the conference's offensive linemen.

Gipson leads the country in interceptions with seven and was a second-team all-conference choice.

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