Benson, the Doak Walker Award winner and Cingular ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year, was named second-team All-America by both the Associated Press and The Sporting News. He earned first-team honors from ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Benson was the fourth-leading rusher in the nation with 1,764 yards and was second with 19 touchdowns. His 5,470 career rushing yards is the sixth highest total in college football history.
Scott, a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection, has now been tabbed second-team All-America by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder has started the last 30 games for UT at left tackle. In 2004, he helped Texas finish the season ranked second in the nation in rushing (302.4 ypg), ninth in total offense (466.3 ypg) and 14th in scoring (35.0 ppg). His blocking helped pave the way for UT to rush for 3,326 rushing yards, the sixth-highest total in school history.
No. 5/6 Longhorns face No. 13 Michigan in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005. Texas will enter the contest at 10-1 while the Wolverines will travel to Pasadena, Calif. with a 9-2 record.
Note: Texas and Michigan players are linked below.
AP FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Matt Leinart, Southern California, junior.
Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, freshman; J.J. Arrington, California, senior.
Wide receivers: Braylon Edwards, Michigan, senior; Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue, senior.
Tight end: Heath Miller, Virginia, junior.
Center: David Baas, Michigan, senior.
Guards-Tackles: Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, senior; Alex Barron, Florida State, senior; Elton Brown, Virginia, senior; Michael Munoz, Tennessee, senior.
Kicker: Mike Nugent, Ohio State, senior.
All-purpose: Reggie Bush, Southern California, sophomore.
AP FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Linemen: Erasmus James, Wisconsin, senior; David Pollack, Georgia, senior; Shaun Cody, Southern California; senior; Marcus Spears, LSU, senior.
Linebacker: Derrick Johnson, Texas, senior; Matt Grootegoed, Southern California; senior; A.J. Hawk, Ohio State, senior.
Defensive backs: Carlos Rogers, Auburn, senior; Antrel Rolle, Miami, senior; Marlin Jackson, Michigan, senior; Ernest Shazor, Michigan, senior.
Punter: Brandon Fields, Michigan State, sophomore.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Alex Smith, Utah, junior.
Running backs: Cedric Benson, Texas, senior; Carnell Williams, Auburn, senior.
Wide receivers: Dante Ridgeway, Ball State, junior; Mark Clayton, Oklahoma, senior.
Tight end: Alex Smith, Stanford, senior.
Center: Marvin Philip, California, junior.
Guards-tackles: Chris Kemoeatu, Utah, senior; Marcus McNeil, Auburn; junior; Dan Buenning, Wisconsin, senior; Jonathan Scott, Texas; junior.
K: Tyler Jones, Boise State; senior.
All-purpose: Chad Owens, Hawaii, senior.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Linemen: Jonathan Goddard, Marshall, senior; Dan Cody, Oklahoma, senior; Matt Roth, Iowa, senior; Ryan Riddle, California, senior.
Linebackers: Ahmad Brooks, Virginia, sophomore; Michael Boley, Southern Mississippi, senior; Kevin Burnett, Tennessee, senior.
Defensive backs: Corey Webster, LSU, senior; Thomas Davis, Georgia, junior; Junior Rosegreen, Auburn, senior; Morgan Scalley, Utah, senior.
Punter: Matt Payne, BYU, senior.
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Jason White, Oklahoma, senior.
Running backs: Jamario Thomas, North Texas, freshman; DeAngelo Williams, Memphis, junior.
Wide receivers: Mike Haas, Oregon State, junior; Roddy White, UAB, senior.
Tight ends:Trey Haverty, Texas Tech, senior.
Center: Ben Wilkerson, LSU, senior.
Guards-tackles: Rob Petitti, Pittsburgh, senior; Sam Mayes, Oklahoma State, senior; Wesley Britt, Alabama, senior; Travis Leffew, Louisville, junior.
Kicker: Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan. sophomore.
All-purpose: Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State, freshman.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
Linemen: Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College, junior; Mike Patterson, Southern California, senior; Travis Johnson, Florida State, senior; Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa, senior.
Linebackers: Barrett Ruud, Nebraska, senior; Lofa Tatupu, Southern California, junior; Leroy Hill, Clemson, senior.
Defensive backs: Mitch Meeuwsen, Oregon State, senior; Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV; senior; Charles Gordon, Kansas, sophomore; Jason Allen, Tennessee, junior.
Punters: Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor, sophomore.