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UNC's Cooper named to AP first team, Bernard third

Posted December 11, 2012
Updated December 12, 2012

— Adding to his list of postseason awards and All-America teams, UNC offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was named to the Associated Press All-America First Team Tuesday. Meanwhile, Tar Heels running back Gio Bernard was named to the third team backfield.

Cooper has now earned consensus All-America honors and his name will be added to the honored jerseys in Kenan Stadium. He also was named a first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated.

Bernard led the ACC and was 11th in the country in rushing with 122.8 yards per game. He carried 184 times for 1,228 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He also had 47 catches for 490 yards and five scores. Bernard led the nation in punt return average, was fourth in all-purpose average and fifth in scoring per game.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on The AP All-America team released Tuesday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.

No other team had more than one player 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, though linebacker Manti Te'o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team.

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

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

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones also became two-time All-Americans.

Nine Southeastern Conference 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.

The receivers were Southern California's Marqise Lee, who leads the nation in catches (112) and was second in yards receiving (1,680), and Baylor's Terrance Williams, who leads in yards with 1,764.

Joining Jones and Warmack on the offensive line were two junior tackles projected to be high first-round NFL draft picks: Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

West Virginia's Tavon Austin was selected as the all-purpose player, a perfect description of the do-it-all speedster.

Austin was primarily a receiver and racked up 1,259 yards through the air. Late in the season, coach Dana Holgorsen used Austin as a running back and against Oklahoma he the senior set a school-record with 344 yards rushing. He finished second in the nation in all-purpose yards with 230 per game, and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

Tulane's Cairo Santos was the All-American kicker after making all 21 of his field goal attempts.

On the defensive side, Te'o and Mosley were joined at linebacker by the other two-time All-American. Jones followed-up his sensational sophomore season with 12.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss.

Another SEC pass rusher highlighted the defensive line.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had 13.5 sacks, tied for the most in the nation, playing in only 11 games.

Florida State Bjoern Werner was the other end. He also had 13 sacks.

At defensive tackle was a pair of Pac-12 players: Utah's Star Lotulelei and Arizona State's Will Sutton, who was the conference defensive player of the year.

In the secondary, Jordan Poyer of Oregon State, who had seven interceptions, was the cornerback opposite Milliner.

Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas was voted to the first team after leading the nation with eight interceptions, including three returned for touchdown. Florida's Matt Elam was the other safety.

The punter was Ryan Allen, who won his second straight Ray Guy Award last week.

AP ALL-AMERICANS
FIRST TEAM
Offense

Quarterback - Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Texas A&M.
Running backs - Montee Ball, senior, 5-11, 215, Wisconsin; Ka'Deem Carey, sophomore, 5-10, 197, Arizona.
Tackles - Luke Joeckel, junior, 6-6, 310, Texas A&M; Taylor Lewan, junior, 6-8, 309, Michigan.
Guards - Chance Warmack, senior, 6-3, 320, Alabama; Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina.
Center - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 302, Alabama.
Tight end - Zach Ertz, senior, 6-6, 252, Stanford.
Receivers - Marqise Lee, sophomore, 6-0, 195, Southern California; Terrance Williams, senior, 6-2, 205, Baylor.
All-purpose player - Tavon Austin, senior, 5-9, 171, West Virginia.
Kicker - Cairo Santos, junior, 5-8, 160, Tulane.
Defense
Ends - Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, 6-6, 256, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State.
Tackles - Star Lotulelei, senior, 6-4, 320, Utah; Will Sutton, junior, 6-1, 267, Arizona State.
Linebackers - Manti Te'o, senior, 6-2, 255, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, junior, 6-3, 241, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, junior, 6-2, 232, Alabama.
Cornerbacks - Dee Milliner, junior, 6-1, 199, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, sophomore, 6-0, 172, Oregon State.
Safeties - Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State; Matt Elam, junior, 5-10, 202, Florida.
Punter - Ryan Allen, senior, 6-2, 215, Louisiana Tech.
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SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE

Quarterback - Collin Klein, senior, Kansas State.
Running backs - Kenjon Barner, senior, Oregon; Johnathan Franklin, senior, UCLA.
Tackles - D.J. Fluker, junior, Alabama; David Yankey, junior, Stanford.
Guards - Spencer Long, junior, Nebraska; Cyril Richardson, junior, Baylor.
Center - Dalton Freeman, senior, Clemson.
Tight end - Tyler Eifert, senior, Notre Dame.
Receivers - Stedman Bailey, junior, West Virginia; Quinton Patton, senior, Louisiana Tech.
All-purpose player - Jordan Lynch, junior, Northern Illinois.
Kicker - Dustin Hopkins, senior, Florida State.
DEFENSE
Ends - Damontre Moore, junior, Texas A&M; Stephon Tuitt, sophomore, Notre Dame.
Tackles - Johnathan Hankins, junior, Ohio State; Kawann Short, senior, Purdue.
Linebackers - Kevin Minter, junior, LSU; Anthony Barr, junior, UCLA; Arthur Brown, senior, Kansas State.
Cornerbacks - Johnthan Banks, senior, Mississippi State; Bradley Roby, sophomore, Ohio State.
Safeties - Eric Reid, junior, LSU; Tony Jefferson, junior, Oklahoma.
Punter - Riley Stephenson, senior, BYU.
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THIRD TEAM
OFFENSE

Quarterback - A.J. McCarron, junior, Alabama.
Running backs - Stefphon Jefferson, junior, Nevada; Giovani Bernard, sophomore, North Carolina.
Tackles - Jake Matthews, junior, Texas A&M; Eric Fisher, senior, Central Michigan.
Guards - Larry Warford, senior, Kentucky; Xavier Su'a-Filo, sophomore, UCLA.
Center - Braxston Cave, senior, Notre Dame.
Tight end - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, sophomore, Washington.
Receivers - DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson; Cobi Hamilton, senior, Arkansas.
All-purpose player - Dri Archer, junior, Kent State.
Kicker - Caleb Sturgis, senior, Florida.

DEFENSE
Ends - John Simon, senior, Ohio State; Sam Montgomery, junior, LSU.
Tackles - Shariff Floyd, junior, Florida; Chris Jones, senior, Bowling Green.
Linebackers - Khaseem Greene, senior, Rutgers; Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Kyle Van Noy, junior, BYU.
Cornerbacks - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, sophomore, Oregon; Jason Verrett, junior, TCU.
Safeties - Ed Reynolds, junior, Stanford; Ty Zimmerman, junior, Kansas State.
Punter - Kyle Christy, sophomore, Florida.
 

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  • Toddler10-21 Dec 13, 10:34 a.m.

    McCauley gets my vote. He was a few years before Amos Lawerence. UNC has had some great backs, but I think Gio isnt close to these guys.

  • hovis Dec 13, 7:59 a.m.

    Heard a guy say that Gio waas the best back ever at UNC. Do you guys agree? Amos Lawerence,... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Don McCauley. Different backs, but as far as production is concerned, not even close. I think that at that time he broke or set the record before OJ for a single season of total yards.
    From Wikipedia:
    Don McCauley was a tailback for the University of North Carolina from 1968 to 1970 and he attended the Garden City High School.

    He was a two-time First Team All-Conference selection and two-time Conference Player of the Year. He garnered the 1971 ACC Athlete of the Year award. He broke many rushing records. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001[citation needed]

    The versatile McCauley contributed to the team as a receiver, rusher, kick returner, and punter, leading the team in most categories. In 1970 he led the nation in rushing with 1,720 yards and all-purpose running with 2,021 yards. His 1,720 yards rushing broke the NCAA record and continues to withstand the test of time ranking as the second highest total in ACC history and the highest at North Carolina. A consensus All-America selection and team captain his senior year, McCauley led the conference in scoring with 21 touchdowns for 126 points and continues to hold numerous school records. His career statistics include 5,014 all-purpose yards, 3,172 rushing yards, 786 yards receiving, and 1,056 yards on kick returns. He also led the team in punting with 48 punts for 1,845 yards - a 38.4 yard average. He played 11 seasons with the Baltimore Colts.

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 13, 7:26 a.m.

    Heard a guy say that Gio waas the best back ever at UNC. Do you guys agree? Amos Lawerence, Kelvin Bryant, Ethan Horton, Natrone Means were some bad dudes!

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 13, 4:12 a.m.

    I would like to see him Pittsburgh because mendenhall is toast. Gio could be another fast Willie Parker?

  • TsKaMF Dec 12, 11:17 p.m.

    jgunn,
    I responded too quick. I like you. However, I still do not feel that gb wil be a good NFL RB.

  • TsKaMF Dec 12, 10:43 p.m.

    What about ELON? Also If you are in the SEC why would you schedule top 25 teams, and you are... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    That as "bad" as Carolina was, State was even worse?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    Carolina... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    No they will not. They MAY be on a team. cooper (man tweets look a like) might get some playing time. gEo pet will never be a NFL playa.

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 12, 9:26 p.m.

    What about ELON? Also If you are in the SEC why would you schedule top 25 teams, and you are... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    That as "bad" as Carolina was, State was even worse?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    Carolina... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    You know how spoiled Toddlers are there Gunny, just big Cry Baby Wolfies.

  • StunGunn Dec 12, 8:34 p.m.

    What about ELON? Also If you are in the SEC why would you schedule top 25 teams, and you are... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    That as "bad" as Carolina was, State was even worse?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    Carolina didn't play ranked teams, other than Louisville, I believe. I could be wrong. As for their conference games, Carolina didn't play the two best teams, which were the only ranked ACC teams.

    I don't care who Carolina did or didn't play, Cooper and Gio are two terrific players, and both will be playing on Sundays next year.

  • heelsforever Dec 12, 7:31 p.m.

    Gio should have gone to ND, instead of changing his commitment to UNC. Probably afraid of the... View More

    — Posted by doser

    If I remember correctly he got hurt in HS and pretty much everyone stopped recruiting him and ND pulled his ship, then Carolina came along. So, I doubt it had anything to do with fear of competition.

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 12, 5:27 p.m.

    Gio is only on the third team?

    Someone made a big mistake.

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Agree. Cooper, I don't know anything about. EVERYBODY in the ACC knows Gio.

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Cooper will be the first OG to go in the NFL draft. Nuff said.

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    He'd look pretty good in Green and Gold.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    True, or the Blue/Silver/White of the Panthers. Who knows what the Panthers will do but they need to give Rivera a vote of confidence and another year. He's gonna be fine.

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