We did the offense on Tuesday, now for the All-American defensive squad:
1st team–Jerry Hughes, TCU; Brandon Graham, Michigan
2nd team–O’Brien Schofield, Wisconsin; Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
3rd team–Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma; Sergio Kindle, Texas
Notes: Hughes has been a terror off the edge for going on three years and he capped a fine career with an All-American season. Graham was a one-man show for the Wolverines.
1st team–Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska; Brian Price, UCLA
2nd team–Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma; LaMarr Houston, Texas
3rd team–Arthur Jones, Syracuse; Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Notes: What more can be said about Suh, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting? Price had an amazing 22.5 tackles for loss.
1st team–Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri; Navarro Bowman, Penn State
2nd team–Rennie Curran, Georgia; Eric Norwood, South Carolina
3rd team–Akeem Ayers, UCLA; Mychal Sisson, Colorado State
Notes: Weatherspoon, the tackle machine, finishes his career with 399 tackles. Bowman was a force for the Lions, notching 15.5 tackles for loss.
1st team–Rolando McClain, Alabama
2nd team–Greg Jones, Michigan State
3rd team–Joe Pawelek, Baylor
Notes: McClain, the Butkus winner, was the field general for the nation’s best defense.
1st team–Javier Arenas, Alabama; Joe Haden, Florida
2nd team–Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State; Brandon Harris, Miami
3rd team–Patrick Peterson, LSU; Trevin Wade, Arizona
Notes: Arenas was all over the field for Alabama, with 12 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 5 sacks. Joe Haden was a lockdown corner all year and will now go on to be a high NFL draft pick.
1st team–Rahim Moore, UCLA
2nd team–Deunta Williams, North Carolina
3rd team–Chad Jones, LSU
Notes: Moore was a playmaker extraordinaire for the Bruins, picking off nine passes in 12 games.
1st team–Earl Thomas, Texas
2nd team–Tyler Sash, Iowa
3rd team–Eric Berry, Tennessee
Notes: Thomas picked off eight passes and returned two for touchdowns. He also had 5 tackles for loss and 10 pass deflections.