The American Football Coaches Association announced their All-America Team yesterday, and Golden Tate’s name kicked it off. Tate’s 18 touchdowns and nearly 1,500 receiving yards were good enough to place him opposite of Cincinnati’s Marty Gilyard as first team wideouts.
Tate is the first Irish football player to be named first team since cornerback Shane Walton was named as first team cornerback in 2002.
Here’s the rest of the AFCA All-American team:
2009 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School) WR Golden Tate 5-11 195 Jr. Notre Dame Charlie Weis Hendersonville, Tenn. (Pope John Paul II) WR Mardy Gilyard 6-1 187 Sr. Cincinnati Brian Kelly Bunnell, Fla. (Flagler Palm Coast) TE Dennis Pitta 6-5 247 Sr. BYU Bronco Mendenhall Moorpark, Calif. (Moorpark) OL Mike Johnson 6-6 305 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Pensacola, Fla. (Pine Crest) OL Russell Okung 6-5 300 Sr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Houston, Texas (Bush) C Chris Hall 6-4 295 Sr. Texas Mack Brown Irving, Texas (Irving) OL Trent Williams 6-5 315 Sr. Oklahoma Bob Stoops Longview, Texas (Longview) OL Mike Iupati 6-6 330 Sr. Idaho Robb Akey Anaheim, Caiif. (Western) QB Colt McCoy 6-2 210 Sr. Texas Mack Brown Tuscola, Texas (Jim Ned) RB Mark Ingram 5-10 215 So. Alabama Nick Saban Flint, Mich. (Southwestern) RB Toby Gerhart 6-1 235 Sr. Stanford Jim Harbaugh Norco, Calif. (Norco)
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School) DL Ndamukong Suh 6-4 300 Sr. Nebraska Bo Pelini Portland, Ore. (Grant) DL Jerry Hughes 6-3 257 Sr. TCU Gary Patterson Sugar Land, Texas (Austin) DL Jared Odrick 6-5 296 Sr. Penn St. Joe Paterno Lebanon, Pa. (Lebanon) DL Derrick Morgan 6-4 272 Jr. Georgia Tech Paul Johnson Coatesville, Pa. (Coatesville) DL Brian Price 6-2 300 Jr. UCLA Rick Neuheisel Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw) LB Rolando McClain 6-4 258 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Decatur, Ala. (Decatur) LB Greg Jones 6-1 228 Jr. Michigan St. Mark Dantonio Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller) DB Eric Berry* 5-11 195 Jr. Tennessee Lane Kiffin Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside) DB Joe Haden 5-11 190 Jr. Florida Urban Meyer Fort Washington, Md. (Friendly) DB Javier Arenas 5-9 198 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Tampa, Fla. (Robinson) DB Earl Thomas 5-10 197 So. Texas Mack Brown Orange, Texas (West Orange Stark)
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School) P Drew Butler 6-2 203 So. Georgia Mark Richt Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge) PK Kai Forbath 6-0 192 Jr. UCLA Rick Neuheisel Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Notre Dame) AP C.J. Spiller 5-11 195 Sr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Lake Butler, Fla. (Union County)