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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 9:33 pm | Updated: 7:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona State kicker Thomas Weber was named to The Associated Press All-America football first team Tuesday. Weber is the first Sun Devil to be so honored since Terrell Suggs in 2002.

University of Arizona senior defensive back Antoine Cason was also a first-team selection.

Weber is one of three freshmen on the first team, joining Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin, who was selected as an all-purpose player.

The last freshman to be an AP All-American was Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson in 2004.

Weber went 22-for-23 on field goals this season, including the first 17 of his career. He is the Pac-10’s leading scorer at 9.0 points per game and was named the Lou Groza Award winner last Thursday.

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up was one of four players voted to the team for the second consecutive season.

Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis were the other two-time first-team AP All-Americans.

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow joins McFadden in the backfield along with Central Florida’s Kevin Smith, who leads the nation with 2,448 yards and 30 touchdowns. Smith is the first All-American from UCF, which began playing major college football in 1996.

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, was voted to the second team. Hawaii’s Colt Brennan, third in the Heisman voting, was the third-team quarterback.

McFadden set school records with 1,725 yards rushing and 2,172 all-purpose yards, breaking the marks he set last year.

He scored 16 touchdowns and threw four TD passes, working as a quarterback out of Arkansas’ shotgun Wild Hog formation.

Kansas State receiver Jordy Nelson went from walk-on to All-American.

Nelson didn’t get a scholarship after playing at Riley County High School, about 20 miles from Kansas State’s Manhattan campus. He redshirted in 2003 and was a defensive back in 2004, again not seeing any game time.

He moved to receiver in 2005 and started all 11 games, catching 45 passes for 669 yards. In 2006, he battled injuries and caught 39 passes for 547 yards.

This season, Nelson became a star. He ranked second in the country in both receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,606) behind Crabtree of Texas Tech.

Crabtree set NCAA freshman records with 125 receptions for 1,861 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Crabtree was also one of four players unanimously selected to the first team by a panel of 12 media members, along with McFadden, Dorsey and USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback Tim Tebow, sophomore, Florida.

Running backs Darren McFadden, junior, Arkansas; Kevin Smith, junior, Central Florida.

Wide receivers Michael Crabtree, freshman, Texas Tech; Jordy Nelson, senior, Kansas State.

Tackles Jake Long, senior, Michigan; Anthony Collins, junior, Kansas.

Guards Duke Robinson, junior, Oklahoma; Martin O’Donnell, senior, Illinois.

Center Steve Justice, senior, Wake Forest.

Tight end Martin Rucker, senior, Missouri.

All-purpose player Jeremy Maclin, freshman, Missouri.

Kicker Thomas Weber, freshman, Arizona State.

Defense

Ends Chris Long, senior, Virginia; George Selvie, sophomore, South Florida.

Tackles Glenn Dorsey, senior, LSU; Sedrick Ellis, senior, Southern California.

Linebackers Dan Connor, senior, Penn State; James Laurinaitis, junior, Ohio State; Jordon Dizon, senior, Colorado.

Cornerbacks Aqib Talib, junior, Kansas; Antoine Cason, senior, Arizona.

Safeties Craig Steltz, senior, LSU; Jamie Silva, senior, Boston College.

Punter Kevin Huber, junior, Cincinnati.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Quarterback Chase Daniel, junior, Missouri.

Running backs Ray Rice, junior, Rutgers; Mike Hart, senior, Michigan.

Wide receivers Mario Manningham, junior, Michigan; Harry Douglas, senior, Louisville.

Tackles Ryan Clady, junior, Boise State; Sam Baker, senior, Southern California.

Guards Robert Felton, senior, Arkansas; Anthony Parker, junior, Tennessee.

Center Jonathan Luigs, junior, Arkansas.

Tight end Fred Davis, senior, Southern California.

All-purpose player Felix Jones, junior, Arkansas.

Kicker Austin Starr, junior, Indiana.

Defense

Ends Vernon Gholston, junior, Ohio State; Lawrence Jackson, senior, Southern California.

Tackles Terrill Byrd, junior, Cincinnati; James McClinton, senior, Kansas.

Linebackers J Leman, senior, Illinois; Curtis Lofton, junior, Oklahoma; Ali Highsmith, senior, LSU.

Cornerbacks Brandon Flowers, junior, Virginia Tech; Malcolm Jenkins, junior, Ohio State.

Safeties Patrick Chung, junior, Oregon; William Moore, junior, Missouri.

Punter Durant Brooks, senior, Georgia Tech.

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