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Sporting News honors 10 non-AQ players

12/15/2009

The Sporting News came out with its All-America lists Tuesday and 10 players from the nonautomatic qualifying schools, including two on the first team, made the cut.

TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who has made the first team of every All-America team that’s been published this season, and Central Michigan punt returner Antonio Brown were the two players on the first team. This is Brown’s first All-America first-team selection.

Here’s a look at the players who were honored:

FIRST TEAM

Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

Antonio Brown, PR, Central Michigan

SECOND TEAM

Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho

Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

Matt Dodge, K, East Carolina

LaVon Brazill, PR, Ohio

THIRD TEAM

Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU

Zane Beadles, OL, Utah

Rafael Priest, CB, TCU

Must admit that Brown and Brazill are a bit of a surprise, but deserving since they were two of the best punt returners in the country. It's also surprising to see Barnes and Pitta fall to the third team. Both were more deserving than the current selections.