Jenkins, Selvie Earn First-Team All-American

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Posted Nov 29, 2007


USF sophomore defensive end George Selvie and senior cornerback Mike Jenkins were both honored First Team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association.

TAMPA, Fla. – The pair of standouts on the South Florida defense are a part of the 2007 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team announced Thursday by the American Football Coaches Association.USF sophomore defensive end George Selvie and senior cornerback Mike Jenkins were both honored First Team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves. The two defensive stars for the Bulls are the only players from the BIG EAST and the only players chosen from a Florida school.

“We’re excited for both of them,” said USF head coach Jim Leavitt. “Both are tremendous players, have great character and both represent USF in the right way. It’s a tribute to everything that is happening at the University of South Florida.”

Behind Texas Tech's freshman phenomenon receiver Michael Crabtree, Selvie is the second youngest player and the only sophomore on the team.

  Selvie has been a force on the Bulls defensive line all season and leads the NCAA in tackles for loss this season and currently is only a half TFL away from the NCAA record with 31.5. He also second in the NCAA with 14.5 sacks. Selvie is already a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the top college defender, and the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in the country.


“What a blessing,” said Selvie. “I didn’t see this stuff coming, I was just focused on football and school. I never set out to be named an All-American, I just wanted to win games and contribute to the team. It’s a tremendous honor and one I will try my very best to live up to every time I step on the field.”

Mike Jenkins has become a fixture in the Bulls defensive secondary and is considered the top NFL prospect at the cornerback position. The lock-down corner has three interceptions and 12 pass breakups and also scored on an exciting kick return against Cincinnati this season.

“That is a humbling,” said Jenkins. “So many things have happened here at USF this season that have never happened before. What an honor to join George as the first All-Americans at this level for USF and to be the representatives for the BIG EAST. It is really beyond words what this means to me and what I know it means to George.”

The All-American honors are the first for USF since it has been a Division I-A member, now known as the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. As an I-AA squad the Bulls had two First Team All-Americans, Bill Gramatica (’98, AFCA First Team, AP Second Team.) and Tony Umholtz (’99, AP First Team). Also Former Bulls and current NFL players were SI.com All-American honorable mentions, Andre Hall (’05) and J.R. Reed (‘03).

2007 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team

 

Offense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Coach

Hometown (High School)

WR

Michael Crabtree

6-3

208

Fr.

Texas Tech

Mike Leach

Dallas, Texas (Carter)

WR

Jordy Nelson

6-3

217

Sr.

Kansas St.

Ron Prince

Riley, Kan. (Riley County)

TE

Martin Rucker

6-6

255

Sr.

Missouri

Gary Pinkel

St. Joseph, Mo. (Benton)

OL

Jake Long*

6-7

315

Sr.

Michigan

Lloyd Carr

Lapeer, Mich. (East)

OL

Kirk Barton

6-6

300

Sr.

Ohio St.

Jim Tressel

Massillon, Ohio (Massillon Perry)

C

Steve Justice

6-4

284

Sr.

Wake Forest

Jim Grobe

Port Orange, Fla. (New Smyrna Beach)

OL

Duke Robinson

6-5

352

Jr.

Oklahoma

Bob Stoops

Atlanta, Ga. (Washington)

OL

Ryan Clady

6-6

317

Jr.

Boise St.

Chris Petersen

Rialto, Calif. (Eisenhower)

QB

Matt Ryan

6-5

220

Sr.

Boston College

Jeff Jagodzinski

Exton, Pa. (William Penn Charter)

RB

Darren McFadden*

6-2

212

Jr.

Arkansas

Houston Nutt

Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Oak Grove)

RB

Jonathan Stewart

5-11

230

Jr.

Oregon

Mike Bellotti

Lacey, Wash. (Timberline)

Defense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Coach

Hometown (High School)

DL

Glenn Dorsey*

6-2

299

Sr.

LSU

Les Miles

Gonzales, La. (East Ascension)

DL

Chris Long

6-4

280

Sr.

Virginia

Al Groh

Ivy, Va. (St. Anne’s-Bellfield)

DL

George Selvie

6-4

242

So.

South Florida

Jim Leavitt

Pensacola, Fla. (Pine Forest)

DL

Sedrick Ellis

6-2

305

Sr.

USC

Pete Carroll

Chino, Calif. (Chino)

LB

James Laurinaitis

6-3

240

Jr.

Ohio St.

Jim Tressel

Hamel, Minn. (Wayzata)

LB

Xavier Adibi

6-2

236

Sr.

Virginia Tech

Frank Beamer

Hampton, Va. (Phoebus)

LB

J Lemen

6-3

243

Sr.

Illinois

Ron Zook

Champaign, Ill. (Central)

DB

Dwight Lowery*

6-1

185

Sr.

San Jose St.

Dick Tomey

Santa Cruz, Calif. (Soquel)

DB

Aqib Talib

6-0

205

Jr.

Kansas

Mark Mangino

Richardson, Texas (Berkner)

DB

Brandon Flowers

5-10

200

Sr.

Virginia Tech

Frank Beamer

Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic)

DB

Mike Jenkins

6-0

197

Sr.

South Florida

Jim Leavitt

Bradenton, Fla. (Southeast)

Specialists

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Coach

Hometown (High School)

P

Chris Miller

6-2

205

Jr.

Ball St.

Brady Hoke

Libertyville, Ill. (Carmel)

PK

Taylor Mehlhaff

5-11

184

Sr,

Wisconsin

Brett Bielema

Aberdeen, S.D. (Central)

AP

DeSean Jackson

6-0

172

Jr.

California

Jeff Tedford

Long Beach, Calif. (Poly)

 

 

*-2006 All-American

 

 



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