Mathieu, Claiborne, Wing make up All-American team
BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU placed three players, including cornerbacks in Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne, on the Associated Press All-America Team, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Mathieu and Claiborne were joined on the AP First Team by redshirt freshman punter Brad Wing. Offensive guard Will Blackwell was named to the AP Second Team, while defensive end Sam Montgomery was a third team selection.
Mathieu and Claiborne also become the first cornerbacks from the same school named to the AP first team since the organization began selecting an All-America team for both offense and defense in 1964.
Last week the AP tabbed Mathieu as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and Claiborne was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s coaches.
Claiborne ranked second in the SEC this season with six interceptions, and he led the nation with 173 interception return yards, including a 45-yard pick six against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist, led LSU with 70 tackles, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He added 6.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and 1.5 sacks. Mathieu also scored four touchdowns this season, including crucial punt returns in back-to-back games against Arkansas and Georgia.
Blackwell started all 13 games and led the offensive line in snaps played (779) and knockdown blocks (112.5). He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Florida and Ole Miss games. He anchored a line that led the SEC by only allowing 14 sacks this season.
Montgomery led the team and finished third in the SEC in sacks with nine, and he also tallied 13 tackles for a loss on an LSU team that ranks second nationally in total defense only giving up 252 yards a game.
With the addition of Claiborne, Mathieu and Wing, LSU has placed 26 players on the AP All-America First Team since 1935 when Gaynell (Gus) Tinsley became the first.
2011 AP All-America Teams
Quarterback -- Robert Griffin III, junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Baylor.
Running backs -- Montee Ball, junior, 5-11, 210, Wisconsin; Trent Richardson, junior, 5-11, 224, Alabama.
Tackles -- Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 311, Alabama; Matt Kalil, junior, 6-7, 295, Southern California.
Guards -- David DeCastro, senior, 6-5, 310, Stanford; Kevin Zeitler, senior, 6-4, 318, Wisconsin.
Center -- David Molk, senior, 6-2, 286, Michigan.
Wide receivers -- Justin Blackmon, junior, 6-1, 215, Oklahoma State; Robert Woods, sophomore, 6-1, 180, Southern California.
Tight end -- Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, Clemson.
All-purpose player -- Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, Clemson.
Kicker -- Randy Bullock, senior, 5-9, 212, Texas A&M.
Ends -- Melvin Ingram, senior, 6-2, 276, South Carolina; Whitney Mercilus, junior, 6-4, 265, Illinois.
Tackles -- Devon Still, senior, 6-5, 310, Penn State; Jerel Worthy, junior, 6-3, 310, Michigan State.
Linebackers -- Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, Boston College; Jarvis Jones, sophomore, 6-3, 241, Georgia; Dont'a Hightower, junior, 6-4, 260, Alabama.
Cornerbacks -- Morris Claiborne, junior, 6-0, 185, LSU; Tyrann Mathieu, sophomore, 5-9, 175, LSU.
Safeties -- Mark Barron, senior, 6-2, 218, Alabama; Bacarri Rambo, junior, 6-0, 218, Georgia.
Punter -- Brad Wing, freshman, 6-3, 184, LSU.
Quarterback -- Andrew Luck, junior, Stanford.
Running backs -- LaMichael James, junior, Oregon; David Wilson, junior, Virginia Tech.
Tackles -- Jonathan Martin, senior, Stanford; Nate Potter, senior, Boise State.
Guards --Will Blackwell, senior, LSU; Austin Pazstor, senior, Virginia.
Center -- Peter Konz, junior, Wisconsin.
Wide receivers -- Ryan Broyles, senior, Oklahoma; Kendall Wright, senior, Baylor.
Tight end -- Tyler Eifert, junior, Notre Dame.
All-purpose player -- Joe Adams, senior, Arkansas.
Kicker -- Caleb Sturgis, junior, Florida.
Ends -- Frank Alexander, senior, Oklahoma; Vinny Curry, senior, Marshall.
Tackles -- Joe Vellano, junior, Maryland; Derek Wolfe, senior, Cincinnati.
Linebackers -- Courtney Upshaw, senior, Alabama; Lavonte David, senior, Nebraska; Manti Teo, junior, Notre Dame.
Cornerbacks -- David Amerson, sophomore, North Carolina State; Dre Kirkpatrick, junior, Alabama.
Safeties -- Markelle Martin, senior, Oklahoma State; Antonio Allen, senior, South Carolina.
Punter -- Ryan Allen, junior, Louisiana Tech.
Quarterback -- Matt Barkley, junior, Southern California.
Running backs -- Ronnie Hillman, sophomore, San Diego State; Bobby Rainey, senior, Western Kentucky.
Tackles -- Levy Adcock, senior, Oklahoma State; Cordy Glenn, senior, Georgia.
Guards -- Ryan Miller, senior, Colorado; Gabe Ikard, sophomore, Oklahoma.
Center -- Grant Garner, senior, Oklahoma State.
Wide receivers -- Jordan White, senior, Western Michigan; Patrick Edwards, senior, Houston.
Tight end -- Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford.
All-purpose player -- Tavon Austin, junior, West Virginia.
Kicker -- Quinn Sharp, junior, Oklahoma State.
Ends -- Sam Montgomery, sophomore, LSU; Andre Branch, senior, Clemson.
Tackles -- John Simon, junior, Ohio State; Fletcher Cox, junior, Mississippi State.
Linebackers -- Tank Carder, senior, TCU; Sammy Brown, senior, Houston; Emmanuel Acho, senior, Texas.
Cornerbacks -- Nigel Malone, junior, Kansas State; Brodrick Brown, junior, Oklahoma State.
Safeties -- Josh Bush, senior, Wake Forest; George Iloka, senior, Boise State.
Punter -- Shawn Powell, senior, Florida State.