Dec. 15, 2009
NEW YORK - University of Notre Dame junior wide receiver Golden Tate was named to the Sporting News All-America first team on Tuesday. Junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen and senior center Eric Olsen were also named to the third team. With three selections on one of the three teams, only Alabama, Florida and Texas had more honored by the publication.
Tate (Hendersonville, Tenn.) now has made four of the five teams used to determine the consensus All-America designation. The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Walter Camp Football Foundation have also named him a first-team All-American. If Tate's named to the Associated Press team, he will become Notre Dame's first unanimous All-American since cornerback Shane Walton in 2002. Before that you have to go back to 1993 to find another unanimous pick in offensive lineman Aaron Taylor.
The 2009 Biletnikoff Award winner, Tate recently capped off the best receiving season in Notre Dame football history. He finished with 93 receptions for 1,496 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns in 2009. Tate added two rushing touchdowns, one punt return for a score and totaled 1,915 all-purpose yards, second most in Irish single-season history.
Tate equaled or surpassed eight school records this year, including most catches and receiving yards in a season, tied for most touchdown catches in a season, most receiving yards in a career, most 100-yard receiving games in a season and career, most receiving yards per game in a season and tied for most consecutive games with a touchdown reception.
Tate ranks in the top eight nationally in nine different statistical categories and no wide receiver had more games with at least 100 receiving yards this year than Tate's nine. He also scored at least one touchdown in each of the final 11 contests for Notre Dame.
Tate, who recently declared his intention to enter the 2010 NFL draft, departs as the most prolific receiver in Notre Dame history. He recorded 2,707 receiving yards on 157 receptions with 26 touchdowns. Tate ranks second in career touchdown receptions and is tied for third in career receptions.
Clausen (Westlake Village, Calif.), who also recently stated his intention to enter the upcoming NFL draft, completed his best season at Notre Dame as he completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,722 yards with 28 TDs and only four interceptions in 2009. He set a school record by passing for at least 300 yards in seven games and his four fourth-quarter comebacks for victories are the most in a season by an Irish quarterback.
Clausen leaves Notre Dame ranked first or second in 32 passing categories, including tops in career completion percentage, completions per game for a career and tied for first in lowest interception percentage over a career. He completed 695 of 1,110 pass attempts for 8,148 yards with 60 touchdowns and 27 interceptions while starting 34 of 35 games played for the Irish.
Olsen (Staten Island, N.Y.) switched from guard to center in his final season and graded out best among Notre Dame's offensive linemen in 2009. He allowed only one sack in over 450 pass attempts this season and helped Irish running backs and wide receivers average 5.0 yards per carry this season. Olsen was also presented the Guardian of the Year Award at the recent Notre Dame football banquet, given annually to the top offensive lineman. The Guardian Life Insurance Company, a sponsor of Irish football on ISP Sports radio broadcasts, presents the award.
2009 Sporting News All-America Teams
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE QB Colt McCoy, Sr., Texas RB Mark Ingram, Soph., Alabama RB Toby Gerhart, Sr., Stanford WR Golden Tate, Jr., Notre Dame WR Jordan Shipley, Sr., Texas TE Aaron Hernandez, Jr., Florida OL Mike Johnson, Sr., Alabama OL Charles Brown, Sr., USC OL Bryan Bulaga, Sr., Iowa OL Maurkice Pouncey, Jr., Florida OL Russell Okung, Sr., Oklahoma State K Kai Forbath, Jr., UCLA KR C.J. Spiller, Sr., Clemson
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE DE Jerry Hughes, Sr., TCU DE Von Miller, Jr., Texas A&M DT Gerald McCoy, Jr., Oklahoma DT Ndamukong Suh, Sr., Nebraska LB Brandon Spikes, Sr., Florida LB Sergio Kindle, Sr., Texas LB Rolando McClain, Jr., Alabama CB Perrish Cox, Sr., Oklahoma State CB Joe Haden, Jr., Florida S Kurt Coleman, Sr., Ohio State S Eric Berry, Jr., Tennessee P Drew Butler, Soph., Georgia PR Antonio Brown, Jr., Central Michigan
SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE QB Tim Tebow, Sr., Florida RB Dion Lewis, Fr., Pittsburgh RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Soph., Oregon State WR Danario Alexander, Sr., Missouri WR Mardy Gilyard, Sr., Cincinnati TE Dorin Dickerson, Sr., Pittsburgh OL Adam Ulatoski, Sr. Texas OL Trent Williams, Sr., Oklahoma OL Mike Iupati, Sr., Idaho OL Jon Asamoah, Sr., Illinois OL Chris Marinelli, Sr., Stanford K Grant Ressel, Soph., Missouri KR Chris Owusu, Soph., Stanford
SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE DE Brandon Graham, Sr., Michigan DE Derrick Morgan, Jr., Georgia Tech DT Terrence Cody, Sr., Alabama DT Brian Price, Jr., UCLA LB Navorro Bowman, Jr., Penn State LB Daryl Washington, Sr., TCU LB Sean Weatherspoon, Sr., Missouri CB Javier Arenas, Sr., Alabama CB Patrick Peterson, Soph., LSU S Taylor Mays, Sr., USC S Earl Thomas, Soph., Texas P Matt Dodge, Sr., East Carolina PR LaVon Brazill, Jr., Ohio
THIRD-TEAM OFFENSE QB Jimmy Clausen, Jr., Notre Dame RB Ryan Williams, Fr., Virginia Tech RB LaMichael James, Fr., Oregon WR Freddie Barnes, Sr., Bowling Green WR Dezmon Briscoe, Jr., Kansas TE Dennis Pitta, Sr., BYU OL Eric Olsen, Sr., Notre Dame OL Zane Beadles, Sr., Utah OL Anthony Davis, Jr., Rutgers OL John Jerry, Sr., Ole Miss OL Thomas Austin, Sr., Clemson K Leigh Tiffin, Sr., Alabama KR Brandon Banks, Sr., Kansas State
THIRD-TEAM DEFENSE DE Brandon Sharpe, Sr., Texas Tech DE Greg Romeus, Jr., Pitt DT Vince Oghobaase, Sr., Duke DT Jared Odrick, Sr., Penn State LB Andre Revels, Sr., Cincinnati LB Greg Jones, Jr., Michigan State LB Eric Norwood, Sr., South Carolina CB Syd'Quan Thompson, Sr., California CB Rafael Priest, Sr., TCU S DeAndre McDaniel, Jr., Clemson S Rahim Moore, Soph., UCLA P Tress Way, Fr., Oklahoma PR Greg Reid, Fr., Florida State
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