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Dec. 10, 2004

NEW HAVEN, CT – Orange Bowl-bound USC and Oklahoma each placed three players on the 2004 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team, the 115th honored by the organization. The prestigious All-America team was announced live this evening on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards show.

Headlining the offensive squad is the 2004 Walter Camp Player of the Year Matt Leinart, a junior quarterback from USC. A 6-foot 5-inch, 225-pound lefthander from Santa Ana, Calif., Leinart has thrown for 2,990 yards and 28 touchdowns for the top-ranked Trojans.

Joining Leinart in the offensive backfield are two running backs from the Big 12 Conference – Cedric Benson (Texas) and Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma). Benson rushed for 1,764 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Longhorns. Just a freshman, Peterson ran for 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns for the second-ranked Sooners.

A pair of senior receivers from the Big Ten Conference – Braylon Edwards (Michigan) and Taylor Stubblefield (Purdue) made the team, while junior Heath Miller (Virginia) is the tight end.

Senior Alex Barron (Florida State), a repeat Walter Camp First Team All-America selection, headlines the offensive line. Joining Barron on the offensive line are seniors Vince Carter (Oklahoma), David Baas (Michigan), Elton Brown (Virginia) and Jammal Brown (Oklahoma).

Mike Nugent (Ohio State), a 2002 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection, is the team’s placekicker. Nugent has connected on 20-of-23 field goals, including 5-of-6 from 50+ yards, for the Buckeyes.

Leading the defensive unit is a repeat Walter Camp All-America selection, senior linebacker Derrick Johnson (Texas), who leads the Longhorns with 128 tackles. Joining Johnson on the linebacker corps is Matt Grootegoed (USC) and A.J. Hawk (Ohio State).

A talented defensive line is bolstered by four senior standouts – Erasmus James (Wisconsin), David Pollack (Georgia), Shaun Cody (USC) and Marcus Spears (LSU). In the defensive secondary, seniors Carlos Rogers (Auburn) and Antrel Rolle (Miami) were selected along with juniors Thomas Davis (Georgia) and Ernest Shazor (Michigan).

The punter on the team is sophomore Brandon Fields (Michigan State), who leads the nation with a 47.9 yards per punt average, and the kick returner is sophomore Devin Hester (Miami), who has returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns this season.

The Walter Camp All-America team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 117 Division 1-A football schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp Football Foundation President Kenneth A. Dagliere was pleased with the voting participation.

“We had 83 percent of the 1-A schools participate in this year’s voting,” Dagliere said. “We are very appreciative of the cooperation of the coaches and SIDs in our effort to honor the most outstanding college players each and every season.”

Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

Members of the 2004 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet on February 12, 2005 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

2004 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Yr. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
WR Braylon Edwards Michigan Sr. 6-3 206 Detriot, MI
WR Taylor Stubblefield Purdue Sr. 6-1 182 Yakima, WA
TE Heath Miller Virginia Jr. 6-5 255 Richlands, VA
OL Alex Barron # Florida State Sr. 6-6 308 Orangeburg, SC
OL Jammal Brown $ Oklahoma Sr. 6-6 313 Lawton, OK
OL Elton Brown Virginia Sr. 6-6 338 Hampton, VA
OL David Baas Michigan Sr. 6-5 307 Sarasota, FL
C Vince Carter Oklahoma Sr. 6-2 294 Bryan, TX
QB Matt Leinart USC Jr. 6-5 225 Santa Ana, CA
RB Cedric Benson Texas Sr. 6-0 225 Midland, TX
RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Fr. 6-2 210 Palestine, TX
PK Mike Nugent % Ohio State Sr. 5-10 180 Centreville, OH
 
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Yr. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
DL David Pollack $ Georgia Sr. 6-3 261 Snellville, GA
DL Shaun Cody USC Sr. 6-4 295 Hacienda Heights, CA
DL Erasmus James Wisconsin Sr. 6-4 263 Pembroke Pines, FL
DL Marcus Spears LSU Sr. 6-4 298 Baton Rouge, LA
LB A.J. Hawk Ohio State Jr. 6-1 238 Centreville, OH
LB Derrick Johnson # Texas Sr. 6-4 235 Waco, TX
LB Matt Grootegoed USC Sr. 5-11 215 Huntington Beach, CA
DB Antrel Rolle Miami (FL) Sr. 6-1 202 Homestead, FL
DB Carlos Rogers Auburn Sr. 6-1 194 Augusta, GA
DB Ernest Shazor Michigan Jr. 6-4 226 Detroit, MI
DB Thomas Davis Georgia Jr. 6-1 230 Shellman, GA
P Brandon Fields Michigan State Soph. 6-6 234 Toledo, OH
KR Devin Hester Miami (FL) Soph. 5-11 185 Riviera Beach, FL
 
# – 2003 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection
% – 2002 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection
$ – 2003 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection
 
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Yr. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
WR Mark Clayton $ Oklahoma Sr. 5-11 187 Oklahoma City, OK
WR Dante Ridgeway Ball State Jr. 6-1 183 Decatur, IL
TE Alex Smith Stanford Sr. 6-5 225 Denver, CO
OL Michael Munoz Tennessee Sr. 6-6 315 Mason, OH
OL Marcus McNeil Auburn Jr. 6-9 340 Decatur, GA
OL Max Jean-Gilles Georgia Jr. 6-4 341 Miami, FL
OL Logan Mankins Fresno State Sr. 6-4 320 Catheys Valley, CA
C Ben Wilkerson LSU Sr. 6-4 320 Hemphill, TX
QB Alex Smith Utah Jr. 6-4 212 La Mesa, CA
RB J.J. Arrington California Sr. 5-11 210 Newhall, CA
RB Reggie Bush USC Soph. 6-0 200 Spring Valley, CA
PK Tyler Jones Boise State Sr. 6-1 198 Boise, ID
 
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Yr. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown
DL Dan Cody Oklahoma Sr. 6-5 270 Ada, OK
DL Jonathan Goddard Marshall Sr. 6-0 245 Jacksonville, FL
DL Matt Roth Iowa Sr. 6-4 270 Villa Park, IL
DL Ryan Riddle California Sr. 6-3 250 Culver City, CA
LB Michael Boley Southern Miss Sr. 6-3 228 Athens, AL
LB Ahmad Brooks Virginia Soph. 6-2 249 Woodbridge, VA
LB Spencer Havner UCLA Jr. 6-4 236 Nevada City, CA
DB Brandon Payne New Mexico Sr. 6-0 183 Baytown, TX
DB Marlin Jackson Michigan Sr. 6-1 196 Sharon, PA
DB Corey Webster $ LSU Sr. 6-0 204 Vacherie, LA
DB Jim Leonhard Wisconsin Sr. 5-8 186 Tony, WI
P Daniel Sepulveda Baylor Soph. 6-3 222 Dallas, TX
KR Ashlan Davis Tulsa Jr. 5-8 177 Mesquite, TX
 
$ – 2003 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection