Williams, Calhoun honored

Joe Thomas snubbed on Associated Press All-American list

As the myriad All-American teams have trickled out to publication it began to look like Joe Thomas would be just on the outside of his coveted spot on the national first-team. After a pair of noteworthy second-team All-American designations, however, the junior left tackle was not chosen for any of the three Associated Press All-American teams.

Two of Thomas' teammates—junior tailback Brian Calhoun and senior wide receiver/return specialist Brandon Williams—made the AP All-American second team. Williams was selected as an "all-purpose player."

Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 305-pounder, was a first-team All-Big Ten choice and was one of just four offensive lineman to be named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. He was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Calhoun is fifth in the nation with 1,423 rushing yards, eighth in the nation with a 118.6 rushing yards per game average, and tied for second in the nation with 21 rushing touchdowns. With 23 total touchdowns, Calhoun is tied for third in the nation in scoring (11.5 points per game). He is also seventh in the country in all-purpose yardage, averaging 165.5 per game. Calhoun is just 14 all-purpose yards away from only the third 2,000-yard season in UW history.

Williams could beat Calhoun to that punch, however. A second-team all-conference wide receiver and one of the nation's best return men, Williams has 1,925 all-purpose yards, placing him 11th in the nation with a 160.4 yards-per-game average. He has 922 yards receiving, 375 punt return yards and 616 kick return yards. Williams has caught five touchdowns and returned two punts for scores. He is eighth in the nation in punt returning (15.6 yards per return) and 10th in kick returning (28.0).

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