Area teams land 5 first-team All-Americans

By: AP
By: AP

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Kansas and Missouri placed two players each on
The Associated Press All-American football team, along with Kansas
State wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Jeremy Maclin from Missouri was selected as an all-purpose
player along with Martin Rucker, who led the nation's tight ends
with 81 catches.
Kansas offensive tackle Anthony Collins and cornerback Aqib
Talib were also named to the first team
The Big 12 had eight players selected to the first team, leading
all conferences.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel was named second team
All-American, along with Kansas defensive tackle James McClinton
and Missouri safety William Moore.
Missouri center Adam Spieker was named to the third team.
Nelson went from walk-on to All-American after arriving at
Kansas State from Riley County High School without a scholarship.
He redshirted in 2003 and was a defensive back in 2004. 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
fellow All-American Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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