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Georgia leads way with 'pro' All-Americans

12/21/2010

Pro Football Weekly, after gathering input from NFL evaluators, has released its 2010 All-America team based on a combination of draft value, pure talent and performance.

Any guesses on which SEC team had the most first-team selections?

Georgia ... by a mile.

The Bulldogs, who suffered through the worst season of the Mark Richt era, had five players on the first team, including Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling as both of the offensive guards. A.J. Green was selected at receiver, Justin Houston at outside linebacker and Drew Butler at punter.

No other SEC team had more than one player selected as a first-team All-American, which only reinforces that Georgia was far more talented than its record reflected this season. The Bulldogs (6-6) need to beat UCF in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl to avoid their first losing season since 1996.

Auburn's Cam Newton was beaten out by Stanford's Andrew Luck as the first-team quarterback. The only Auburn player to earn first-team honors was junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

The other SEC first-team selections included Florida center Mike Pouncey, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

The SEC had 12 honorable mention selections, including Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Alabama receiver Julio Jones, Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams and South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Here's the complete list (SEC players are bolded). Juniors are marked by one asterisk (*), draft-eligible sophomores have two (**) and true sophomores have three (***):

Quarterback

Andrew Luck, Stanford**

Honorable mention

Kellen Moore, Boise State*

Cam Newton, Auburn*

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas*

Jake Locker, Washington

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

Running back

Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

Honorable mention

LaMichael James, Oregon**

Andre Ellington, Clemson**

Mark Ingram, Alabama*

Jordan Todman, Connecticut*

Mikel LeShoure, Illinois*

Fullback

Owen Marecic, Stanford

Honorable mention

Anthony Sherman, Connecticut

Wide receivers

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State**

A.J. Green, Georgia*

Honorable mention

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina***

Julio Jones, Alabama*

Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma*

Titus Young, Boise State

Tight end

Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin

Honorable mention

D.J. Williams, Arkansas

Michael Egnew, Missouri*

Offensive tackles

Nate Solder, Colorado

Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

Honorable mention

Marcus Cannon, TCU

Danny Watkins, Baylor

Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin

Lee Ziemba, Auburn

Ben Ijalana, Villanova

Offensive guards

Cordy Glenn, Georgia*

Clint Boling, Georgia

Honorable mention

John Moffitt, Wisconsin

Rodney Hudson, Florida State

Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State

Center

Mike Pouncey, Florida

Honorable mention

Chase Beeler, Stanford

Mike Brewster, Ohio State*

Defensive ends

Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson*

J.J. Watt, Wisconsin*

Honorable mention

Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

Allen Bailey, Miami (Fla.)

Cameron Jordan, California

Defensive tackles

Marcell Dareus, Alabama*

Nick Fairley, Auburn*

Honorable mention

Stephen Paea, Oregon State

Corey Liuget, Illinois*

Inside linebacker

Luke Kuechly, Boston College***

Honorable mention

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Manti Te’o, Notre Dame***

Nate Irving, North Carolina State

Outside linebackers

Von Miller, Texas A&M

Justin Houston, Georgia*

Honorable mention

Bruce Carter, North Carolina

Akeem Ayers, UCLA*

Sean Spence, Miami (Fla.)*

Cornerbacks

Patrick Peterson, LSU*

Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

Honorable mention

Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)*

Janoris Jenkins, Florida*

Cliff Harris, Oregon***

Omar Bolden, Arizona State*

Safeties

Eric Hagg, Nebraska

Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple

Honorable mention

Mark Barron, Alabama*

Rahim Moore, UCLA*

Ahmad Black, Florida

Placekicker

Alex Henery, Nebraska

Honorable mention

Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State

Punter

Drew Butler, Georgia*

Honorable mention

Chas Henry, Florida

Return specialist

Cliff Harris, Oregon***

Honorable mention

Patrick Peterson, LSU*