UA’s Hamilton named AP All-American

By: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton broke school records for catches (90) and receiving yards in a season (1,335). Full team listing, Page 3C.
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Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton broke school records for catches (90) and receiving yards in a season (1,335). Full team listing, Page 3C.

— Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton was named a thirdteam All-American in voting by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Hamilton, a senior, led the SEC and broke school records with 90 catches for 1,335 yards this season. He ranks fifth in the NCAA with an average of 111.3 receiving yards per game and 12th with an average of 7.5 receptions per game.

The Texarkana, Texas, product was a unanimous first-team All-SEC pick by the AP last week and became the third Razorback in three seasons to earn All-America honors, following tight end D.J. Williams’ selection as a second-teamer in 2010 and punt returner Joe Adams’ choice as a first-teamer and consensus All-American last year.

Hamilton’s 90 receptions tied for third-highest singleseason total in SEC history. He broke Jarius Wright’s school record with 175 career receptions, and his 303-yard game on 10 catches in a 35-26 loss to Rutgers on Sept. 22, set an SEC record. The 303 yards is tied for the 16th best singlegame performance in NCAA history.

Alabama, ranked No. 2 in the BCS rankings, placed four players on the first team, including center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time firstteam selection. No other team had more than two players selected to the first team.

Alabama also led all teams with six players chosen overall on the three teams. Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Stanford and Florida each placed four players on the three teams. Linebacker Manti Te’o was the only first-team selection for top-ranked Notre Dame, which will meet Alabama for the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7.

The team was voted on by a panel of 16 AP college football poll voters.

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was the first-team quarterback and was among nine SEC players named to the first team, more than any other conference. Manziel is the first freshman to make the first team at quarterback after becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He set an SEC record with 4,600 total yards to rank second in the nation.

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 runner-up 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.

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

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 with an average of 133 yards per game, scored 21 touchdowns and set the major college football record for career touchdowns with 82 going into the Rose Bowl.

Sports, Pages 24 on 12/12/2012