Georgia linebacker Jones named All-American

Staff, Wire ReportsDecember 11, 2012 

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was named an Associated Press first-team All-American on Tuesday, the second time he has received the honor.

Jones, a junior, is Georgia’s first two-time AP All-American since David Pollack earned the honor in 2002 and 2004. He has also been named to the Walter Camp, AFCA and Sporting News All-America teams this season.

The SEC’s defensive player of the year and an unanimous All-SEC first team pick, Jones has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season. Jones leads the nation in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss per game.

Jones was Georgia’s only AP All-America pick. Alabama placed four players on the first team, including center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.

No other team had more than two players selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Stanford and Florida were second with four players on the three teams, although linebacker Manti Te’o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team.

Alabama faces top-ranked Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in the BCS championship game.

Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball also became a two-time All-American.

Nine SEC 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. Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker was picked to the second team and quarterback AJ McCarron was selected to the third team.

Te’o, the Heisman finalists and winner of seven other awards -- including the Maxwell, Nagurski and Butkus -- is the first Notre Dame defensive player to be an AP All-American since defensive back Shane Walton in 2002.

Manziel is the first freshman to make the first team at quarterback. On Saturday, the redshirt freshman known as Johnny Football became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Manziel set an SEC record with 4,600 total yards to rank second in the nation.

Heisman finalist Collin Klein of Kansas State was the second-team quarterback.

Ball repeated as an All-American, despite a slow start to the season and some early injuries. The senior is seventh in the nation in rushing at 133 yards per game, scored 21 touchdowns, and set the major college football record for career touchdowns. He has 82 going into the Rose Bowl.

Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, the nation’s leading rusher at 146 yards per game, was the other first-team running back.

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