Oklahoma ties record with five All-Americans

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003

NEW YORK When it comes to All-Americans, Oklahoma is this year's undisputed No. 1.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jason White was among a record-tying five Sooners on The Associated Press All-America team announced Monday.

Defensive lineman Tommie Harris, linebacker Teddy Lehman, cornerback Derrick Strait and all-purpose player Antonio Perkins also represented Oklahoma, which equaled the record set by Army in 1945 and matched by the Sooners in 1987.

''It just goes to show what kind of athletes we have at Oklahoma and how good we have it going on there now,'' said Lehman, the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Trophy as best defensive player in the nation.

''If you ask me, we should have had 10 or 11 All-Americans just from the defense. We work really hard, we're well coached, and this shows you how good we played all year.''

The Sooners, who led the nation in total defense, were No. 1 in the polls all season until a loss in the Big 12 title game to Kansas State dropped them to third. Oklahoma still made it to the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Sugar Bowl against No. 2 LSU.

No. 1 Southern California finished third in the BCS standings and will play No. 4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. If the Trojans win, there could be a split national title, with USC winning the AP poll and the Sugar Bowl winner taking the coaches' poll.

USC was second with three All-Americans receiver Mike Williams (87 catches, 1,226 yards, 16 TDs), offensive lineman Jacob Rogers and defensive lineman Kenechi Udeze.

LSU was represented by defensive lineman Chad Lavalais.

White led the nation in passing efficiency, completing 64 percent of his passes for 3,744 yards, 40 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He won the Heisman Trophy and the AP Player of the Year award.

''The guy is the reason we scored all those points,'' coach Bob Stoops said. ''We couldn't do that if he didn't see the whole field and have the touch he has throwing the football.''

Heisman finalist Eli Manning of Mississippi was the second-team pick at quarterback, and Ben Roethlisberger of Miami of Ohio was the third-team selection.

The two other Heisman finalists were first-teamers.

Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald was picked after catching 87 passes for 1,595 yards and 22 touchdowns, while Michigan's Chris Perry earned his spot for gaining 1,955 yards from scrimmage and scoring 19 touchdowns.

AP All-America Team



Quarterback Jason White, Oklahoma, senior.

Running backs Chris Perry, Michigan, senior; Darren Sproles, Kansas State, junior.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, sophomore; Mike Williams, Southern California, sophomore.

Tight end Kellen Winslow, Miami, junior.

Center Jake Grove, Virginia Tech, senior.

Guards-Tackles Shawn Andrews, Arkansas, junior; Alex Barron, Florida State, junior; Robert Gallery, Iowa, senior; Jacob Rogers, Southern California, senior.

Kicker Nate Kaeding, Iowa, senior.

All-Purpose Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma, junior.


Linemen David Ball, UCLA, senior; Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, junior; Chad Lavalais, LSU, senior; Kenechi Udeze, Southern California, junior.

Linebackers Derrick Johnson, Texas, junior; Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma, senior; Grant Wiley, West Virginia, senior.

Backs Will Allen, Ohio State, senior; Keiwan Ratliff, Florida, senior; Derrick Strait, Oklahoma, senior; Sean Taylor, Miami, junior.

Punter Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee, junior.



Quarterback Eli Manning, Mississippi

Running backs Kevin Jones, Virginia Tech; Michael Turner, Northern Illinois.

Wide receivers Mark Clayton, Oklahoma; Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State.

Tight end Ben Troupe, Florida.

Center Ben Wilkerson, LSU.

Guards-Tackles David Baas, Michigan; Jamaal Brown, Oklahoma; Tony Pape, Michigan; Stephen Peterman, LSU.

Kicker Nick Browne, TCU.

All-purpose Derek Abney, Kentucky.


Linemen David Pollack, Georgia; Shaun Phillips, Purdue; Bo Schobel, TCU; Will Smith, Ohio State.

Linebackers Josh Buhl, Kansas State; Karlos Dansby, Auburn; Jonathan Vilma, Miami.

Backs Josh Bullocks, Nebraska; Will Poole, Southern California; Bob Sanders, Iowa; Corey Webster, LSU.

Punter Tom Malone, Southern California.



Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio).

Running backs Steven Jackson, Oregon State; Quincy Wilson, West Virginia.

Wide receivers Michael Clayton, LSU; Roy Williams, Texas.

Tight end Kris Wilson, Pittsburgh.

Center Greg Eslinger, Minnesota.

Guards-Tackles Vernon Carey, Miami; Tillman Holloway, Texas; Alex Stepanovich, Ohio State; Claude Terrell, New Mexico.

Kicker Jonathan Nichols, Mississippi.

All-purpose Skyler Green, LSU.


Linemen Dan Cody, Oklahoma; Shaun Cody, Southern California, Darnell Dockett, Florida State; Dusty Dvoracek, Oklahoma.

Linebackers Rod Davis, Southern Mississippi; Michael Boulware, Florida State; D.J. Williams, Miami.

Backs Sean Jones, Georgia; Antrel Rolle, Miami; Stuart Schweigert, Purdue; Nathan Vasher, Texas.

Punter B.J. Sander, Ohio State.

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