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Te’o, Ruffer named second team All-Americans

Dec 14, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

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Two Irish players were named to Sports Illustrated’s All-American teams, with linebacker Manti Te’o and kicker David Ruffer both named to the second team.

(This is the part of the entry where I apologize for the funky formatting of this post and also wonder what the All-American team would’ve looked like with Kyle Rudolph and Dayne Crist staying healthy (which would’ve helped Michael Floyd’s season) and then REALLY wonder what the All-American team would’ve looked like with Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate still around in South Bend. Ahh… what could have been, right?)

Here are SI’s All American choices:

First Team:

QB – Cam Newton, Auburn                            DE – Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
RB – LaMichael James, Oregon                     DT – Nick Fairley, Auburn
RB – Jordan Todman, UConn                        DT – Stephen Paea, Oregon State
WR – Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.         DE – Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
WR – Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma                      LB – Nate Irving, NC State
TE – Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin                 LB – Greg Jones, Michigan State
OL – Jordan Holmes, Oregon                        LB – Luke Kuechly, Boston College
OL – Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin                        CB – Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
OL – Rodney Hudson, Florida State               S – Tejay Johnson, TCU
OL – Nate Solder, Colorado                             S – Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
OL – Lee Ziemba, Auburn                              CB – Patrick Peterson, LSU

K – Alex Henery, Nebraska                              R – Cliff Harris, Oregon
P – Chas Henry, Florida                                  AP – Randall Cobb, Kentucky

Second Team:

QB – Andrew Luck, Stanford                          DE – J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
RB – Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma St.             DT – Jared Crick, Nebraska
RB – Vai Taua, Nevada                                    DT – Drake Nevis, LSU
WR – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina           DE – Dontay Moch, Nevada
WR – Juron Criner, Arizona                           LB – Lavonte David, Nebraska
TE – D.J. Williams, Arkansas                         LB – Von Miller, Texas A&M
OL – Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU                            LB – Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
OL – Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St.             CB – Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
OL – Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah                         S – Mark Barron, Alabama
OL – Anthony Castonzo, Boston College        S – John Boyett, Oregon
OL – John Moffitt, Wisconsin                        CB – Keith Tandy, West Virginia

K – David Ruffer, Notre Dame                           R – Eric Page, Toledo
P – Aaron Bates, Michigan State                       AP – Damaris Johnson, Tulsa

No other Irish players were named to the Honorable Mention lists. (Which included 11 additional wide receivers.)

  1. bernhtp - Dec 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    It doesn’t seem that Michael Floyd is getting the respect he deserves. I hope he sticks around for another year and commands the national recognition that has thus far eluded him.

    • borromini - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

      Floyd did not have anywhere near close to a successful season that compares with guys like Broyles, Blackmon and Jeffrey. His second half performance doesn’t make up for the slow start he had in the first half. The other similar scenario would be Baldwin from Pittsburgh who was also a preseason AA.

      If Floyd does choose to return for his senior season, I would anticipate that he’d again be on someone’s preseason AA list.

  2. 1notredamefan - Dec 14, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Mr Michael Floyd ranks #34 amongst receiving leaders.

  3. danno27 - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    I think it comes down to what is motivating Floyd. If it’s a burning desire to show that he can contribute to an NFL team, he probably will go b/c I think he’s as ready as any college receiver to compete and contribute to an NFL team. Not many college wide receivers block as well as he does, and he’s got as good of physical tools as anyone, coupled with a nasty disposition and high work ethic.

    If it’s money that motivates him, if he’s smart he should probably stay another year, get a QB (and rest of the offensive team) that’s got experience under the spread, and up his draft status. Especially with the rumored lockout.

    If he’s motivated by proving people wrong, that’s a toss-up to me. He could prove them wrong by staying at ND and dominating next year, competing for a bigger stage than the Sun Bowl (not that I have any problems with our bowl game this year), or he could prove em all wrong by entering the draft and making an impact sooner than the guys who seem to be more highly regarded by the talking heads.

    I just hope he’s got good counsel when he goes through that decision. Gun against my head guess? I would wager he leaves and Rudy stays (mainly b/c of the hamstring and what it did to his draft status). I really hope he doesn’t leave though!

    • whisk3yjack - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM

      I think the smart money is on Floyd and Rudolph staying. They’d be entering the draft next year under a worst case scenario– both players coming off an unproductive season with a lockout looming.

      Sticking around for senior year is the low-risk option. Odds are good that both have much more productive seasons in 2011, thereby boosting draft status ($), and they’ll both have a much better idea of what the future holds as far as the lockout is concerned.

      And don’t discount the value of leaving with a ND degree and finishing out the undergrad experience.

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