Duo Does It Again

West Virginia running back Steve Slaton and center Dan Mozes have been named to another All-American team. The latest honors for the duo came from the Football Writers Association of America.

Slaton and Mozes were two of four Big East players named to the team, joining Pitt linebacker H.B. Blades and Rutgers defensive lineman Eric Foster.

The FWAA team, the second longest continuously published team in college football, has been a staple of the college football scene since 1944. And, for the third straight season, the unveiling of the team has been shown on television during a program sponsored by Cingular.

Leading the way was the University of Michigan, with three honorees. Texas, UCLA, and West Virginia each placed two players on the team.

In addition to Slaton and Mozes, another West Virginian was honored by the FWAA. Jim Bakhtiar, a running back on the 1957 All-American Team, was presented with the FWAA All-American alumni award. Bakhtiar, who played for the University of Virginia, currently practices psychiatry in the Mountain State.

Mozes, a senior from Washington, Pa., and Slaton, a sophomore from Levittown, Pa., have now reached consensus All-American status. For one to be a consensus All-American, they must make at least three of the following five All-America teams: The Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, and Walter Camp Foundation.

Of that group, Slaton and Mozes have been named to the AFCA, FWAA, and Walter Camp. The Associated Press and The Sporting News have yet to name their team.

West Virginia's last consensus All-American was linebacker Grant Wiley in 2003. Slaton and Mozes are the 10th and 11th consensus All-Americans in school history.


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