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UM, FSU head up All-America list

Morgan, Weinke among three players each selected from state powers.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 14, 2000


Miami is back in the All-America business.

Led by triple award-winning linebacker Dan Morgan, Miami joined Florida State with three players selected Wednesday for The Associated Press All-America team.

Wide receiver/punt returner Santana Moss and safety Edward Reed were the other Hurricanes on the 26-player squad, which also features Florida State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Chris Weinke.

It's the first time since 1992 that Miami had as many as three All-Americans; Florida State had four players on last year's team.

Wide receiver Marvin Minnis and defensive end Jamal Reynolds were the other Seminoles chosen for the 2000 team.

Second-teamers Kenyatta Walker and Lito Sheppard were Florida's top picks.

Weinke led the nation with 4,167 yards passing and threw 33 touchdown passes, with just 11 interceptions. He guided the third-ranked Seminoles to a national title game against No. 1 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

The Sooners' Josh Heupel made second team, with Purdue's Drew Brees the third-team quarterback.

TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson and Northwestern's Damien Anderson, the nation's top two rushers, were the running backs.

The 5-foot-11, 217-pound Tomlinson ran for 2,158 yards -- the fourth-highest season total in I-A history -- in leading the Horned Frogs to the Western Athletic Conference title and the Mobile Alabama Bowl. The 5-11, 208-pound Anderson ran for 1,914 yards as the Wildcats took a share of the Big Ten title and a berth in the Alamo Bowl.

Minnis, who stepped in for two-time All-American Peter Warrick, made life easier for Weinke by catching 63 passes for 1,340 yards and 11 TDs -- an average of 21.3 yards. The other wide receiver was Pittsburgh's Antonio Bryant, the Biletnikoff Award winner who led the nation in average yards (130.2) with 68 catches for 1,302 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Moss, who helped the Hurricanes to a No. 2 ranking and Sugar Bowl matchup against Florida on Jan. 2, was chosen as the all-purpose player. The 5-10, 180-pound senior caught 45 passes for 748 yards and five TDs, and ranked fourth nationally in punt returns with an 18.2-yard average. The Big East's co-offensive player and special teams player of the year also returned four punts for touchdowns.

Morgan, the first player to win the Butkus, Bednarik and Nagurski awards in the same season, topped the Big East with 138 tackles, including 15 for losses on a defense that ranked fifth in points allowed at 15.5 a game. The Bednarik and Nagurski awards are for the nation's top defensive player; the Butkus goes to the top linebacker.

Linebacker Rocky Calmus was the lone first-team representative for No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0).

The Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences led the way with five players apiece on the team, which consisted of 17 seniors, seven junior and two sophomores. The sophomores were Bryant and Cincinnati kicker Jonathan Ruffin.

Brian Natkin of Texas-El Paso was the tight end. He has 64 catches for 787 yards and four touchdowns.

Center Dominic Raiola of Nebraska anchors an offensive line with Steve Hutchinson of Michigan, Leonard Davis of Texas, Chris Brown of Georgia Tech and Chad Ward of Washington. Average weight: 322.8 pounds.

Ruffin led the nation in field goals with 26 -- on 29 attempts -- and hit 26 of 27 extra points. Last season, he made 5 of 12 field goals.

Joining Lombardi Award winner Reynolds along the defensive line were Outland Trophy winner John Henderson of Tennessee, Andre Carter of California and Casey Hampton of Texas -- the only repeater from last year.

Reynolds led the Seminoles with 12 sacks and Henderson topped the SEC with 12 sacks.

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