For the first time in its history, West Virginia has two consensus All-America selections in one season. What's more, both players topped that achievement by being unanimous first team selections -- making them only the third and fourth Mountaineers to achieve that lofty plateau.
Senior center Dan Mozes
and sophomore running back Steve Slaton
both nabbed consensus All-America honors when they were named to The Sporting News All-America team on Tuesday. They then topped off their season of excellence by being named to the Associated Press first team -- making the pair unanimous All-Americans.
West Virginia has has just two unanimous All-Americans in its history -- Darryl Talley in 1982 and Todd Sauerbrun in 1994, using the current five recognized All-America teams as the benchmark. Bruce Bosley racked up 12 first team selections in 1955, and Ira Rodgers had 11 in 1919, but that was before the five teams (American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, and Walter Camp) were designated as those determining consensus and unanimous status.
WVU had nine consensus All-American picks before Mozes and Slaton pushed the Mountaineers into double figures. In addition to Talley and Sauerbrun, Ira Rodgers (1919), Bosley (1955), Brian Jozwiak (1985), Mike Compton (1992), Aaron Beasley
(1995), Canute Curtis (1996) and Grant Wiley (2003) all earned consensus honors.