POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 12, 2012
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o of Laie was named to the Associated Press All-America football team Tuesday.
Te’o, who won seven postseason awards, including the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards given to the college player of the year, is the top player on the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. The Fighting Irish will play No. 2 Alabama in the BCS national championship game Jan. 7.
The Crimson Tide placed four players on the first team. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection. No other team had more than two players selected to the first team.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones also became two-time All-Americans.
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was the first-team quarterback. He is the first freshman to make the first team at quarterback. Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 total yards to rank second in the nation.
Nine Southeastern Conference players made the first team, more than any other conference. The Pac-12 was second with six players on the first team. No other conference had more than two.
The team was voted on by a panel of 16 AP college football poll voters.
Barrett Jones, a senior who made the All-America team as a tackle last season, was joined on the first team by Alabama teammates guard Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner.