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McFadden Earns Pair of All-America Honors; Ugoh Named Second Team All-American

BY ANDRES FOCIL
McFadden Earns Pair of All-America Honors; Ugoh Named Second Team All-American

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden has captured a pair of first-team All-America honors and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh has netted second-team All-America recognition it was announced on Thursday.

McFadden is a member of both the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) first-team All-America squad as well as the Rivals.com All-America team. Ugoh earned a spot on Rivals.com second-team offensive line.

“I’m proud of Darren and Tony and their recognition as All-Americans,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Darren has had an incredible season in helping us get to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. Tony has been phenomenal for us up front. The offensive line has been the key to our offensive success.”

McFadden became the 40th Razorback player in history to earn first-team All-America honors. The AFCA recognized the Arkansas sophomore as its first-team all-purpose back. McFadden has spent time at tailback, quarterback and kick returner this season. Rivals.com honored McFadden as one of its two running backs.

The Little Rock, Ark., product has turned in the most prolific rushing season in school history. McFadden’s 1,485 yards on the ground is a school record and the 10th-best total in SEC history. He ranks eighth in the nation in rushing with 123.75 yards per game. McFadden is one of four finalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s best running back.

Ugoh has been a dominating presence on the left side of the Razorbacks’ offensive line. He has helped pave the way for Arkansas’ SEC-leading 236.25 rushing yards per game. The Hogs rank fourth in the nation in rushing offense and lead the country in sacks allowed per game yielding only eight sacks in 12 games (0.67 sacks per game) this season.

The Houston, Texas, native has racked up 61 knockdown blocks this season for an offensive front that has enabled Arkansas to net 12 100-yard rushing efforts in 12 games.

2006 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team

Offense

Pos., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, Coach, Hometown (High School)

WR – Calvin Johnson*, 6-5, 235, Jr., Georgia Tech, Chan Gailey, Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek)

WR – Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., 6-0, 180, Sr., UTEP, Mike Price, Sweeny, Texas (Sweeny)

TE- Zach Miller, 6-5, 260, Jr., Arizona St., Dirk Koetter, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista)

OL – Joe Thomas, 6-8, 313, Sr., Wisconsin, Bret Bielema, Brookfield, Wis. (Central)

OL – Justin Blalock, 6-4, 335, Sr., Texas, Mack Brown, Plano, Texas (East)

C – Dan Mozes, 6-4, 290, Sr., West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez, Washington, Pa. (Washington)

OL – Jake Long, 6-7, 313, Sr., Michigan, Lloyd Carr, Lapeer, Mich. (East)

OL – Arron Sears, 6-4, 320, Sr., Tennessee, Phil Fulmer, Russellville, Ala. (Russellville)

QB – Troy Smith, 6-1, 215, Jr., Ohio St., Jim Tressel, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)

RB – Steve Slaton, 5-10, 195, So., West Virginia, Rich Rodriguez, Levittown, Pa. (Conwell-Egan)

RB – Marshawn Lynch, 5-11, 217, Jr., California, Jeff Tedford, Oakland, Calif. (Tech)

Defense

Pos., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, Coach, Hometown (High School)

DL – LaMarr Woodley, 6-2, 269, Sr., Michigan, Lloyd Carr, Saginaw, Mich. (Saginaw)

DL – Gaines Adams, 6-5, 265, Sr., Clemson, Tommy Bowden, Greenwood, S.C. (Cambridge)

DL – Quinn Pitcock, 6-3, 295, Sr., Ohio St., Jim Tressel, Piqua, Ohio (Piqua)

DL – Glenn Dorsey, 6-2, 299, Jr., LSU, Les Miles, Gonzales, La. (East Ascension)

LB – Rufus Alexander, 6-1, 230, Sr., Oklahoma, Bob Stoops, Baton Rouge, La. (Christian Life Acad.)

LB – Buster Davis, 5-11, 246, Sr., Florida St., Bobby Bowden, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland)

DB – LaRon Landry, 6-2, 202, Sr., LSU, Les Miles, Ama, La. (Hahnville)

DB – Daymeion Hughes, 6-0, 188, Sr., California, Jeff Tedford, Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw)

DB – Leon Hall, 5-11, 193, Sr., Michigan, Lloyd Carr, Vista, Calif. (Vista)

DB – Eric Weddle, 6-0, 200, Sr., Utah, Kyle Whittingham, Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)

DB – Dwight Lowery, 6-1, 185, Jr., San Jose St., Dick Tomey, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Soquel)

Specialists

Pos., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, , Coach, Hometown (High School)

P – Daniel Sepulveda, 6-3, 230, Sr., Baylor, Guy Morriss, Dallas, Texas (Highland Park)

PK – Justin Medlock, 6-0, 197, Sr., UCLA, Karl Dorrell, Fremont, Calif. (San Jose Mission)

AP – Darren McFadden, 6-2, 212, So., Arkansas, Houston Nutt, Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Oak Grove)

*-2005 All-American

Rivals.com All-America Teams

Offense – First Team

QB Troy Smith, Ohio State

RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas

RB Mike Hart, Michigan

WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech

WR Robert Meachem, Tennessee

TE Matt Spaeth, Minnesota

OT Jake Long, Michigan

OT Joe Thomas, Wisconsin

OG Justin Blalock, Texas

OG Ben Grubbs, Auburn

C Dan Mozes, West Virginia

AP Ted Ginn, Ohio State

Offense – Second Team

QB Brady Quinn, Notre Dame

RB Steve Slaton, West Virginia

RB Ray Rice, Rutgers

WR Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame

WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC

TE Zach Miller, Arizona State

OT Tony Ugoh, Arkansas

OT Sam Baker, USC

OG Josh Beekman, Boston College

OG Tim Duckworth, Auburn

C Ryan Kalil, USC

AP Marshawn Lynch, California

Offense – Third Team

QB Chad Henne, Michigan

RB Antonio Pittman, Ohio State

RB P.J. Hill, Wisconsin

WR Dwayne Bowe, LSU

WR Mario Manningham, Michigan

TE Jonny Harline, BYU

OT Arron Sears, Tennessee

OT Chris Messner, Oklahoma

OG T.J. Downing, Ohio State

OG George Robinson, Oklahoma

C Doug Datish, Ohio State

AP Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt

Defense – First Team

DE Gaines Adams, Clemson

DE LaMarr Woodley, Michigan

DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU

DT Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State

LB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

LB Paul Posluszny, Penn State

LB Patrick Willis, Ole Miss

CB Daymeion Hughes, California

CB Leon Hall, Michigan

S Reggie Nelson, Florida

S Michael Griffin, Texas

UT Eric Weddle, Utah

Defense – Second Team

DE Anthony Spencer, Purdue

DE Tim Crowder, Texas

DT Alan Branch, Michigan

DT Frank Okam, Texas

LB Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech

LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee

LB David Harris, Michigan

CB Antoine Cason, Arizona

CB David Irons, Auburn

S Jonathan Hefney,

S LaRon Landry, LSU

UT Aaron Ross, Texas

Defense – Third Team

DE Adam Carriker, Nebraska

DE Quentin Groves, Auburn

DT Jay Alford, Penn State

DT Brandon Mebane, California

LB Desmond Bishop, California

LB Dan Connor, Penn State

LB Buster Davis, Florida State

LB DeJuan Tribble, Boston College

CB Ryan Smith, Florida

S Tra Battle, Georgia

S Kenny Phillips, Miami

UT Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh

Special Teams – First Team

KR Marcus Thigpen, Indiana

PR DeSean Jackson, California

K Sam Swank, Wake Forest

P Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor

Special Teams – Second Team

KR Grant Jones, Oklahoma State

PR Sammie Stroughter, Oregon State

K Garrett Hartley, Oklahoma

P Matt Fodge, Oklahoma State

Special Teams – Third Team

KR Jeff Smith – Boston College

PR Perrish Cox – Oklahoma State

K Mason Crosby – Colorado

P Nick Folk – Arizona



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