Aug. 10, 1999
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The Boilers' quarterback Drew Brees is among the standouts honored on the preseason 1999 Student Advantage All-America Team, it was announced today.
The team, comprised of the top NCAA Division 1 players at each position, was selected by a prestigious group of Sports Information Directors from the FANSonly Network, the world's largest online community focusing exclusively on collegiate sports. The FANSonly Network is home to more than 50 official athletic sites from the premier athletic programs in the country. Each recipient will receive an engraved glass plaque, commemorating his selection to this inaugural team.
Ron Dayne, who elected to return to Wisconsin for his senior season, leads the high-powered Student Advantage All-America offense He needs 1,717 yards to break the NCAA career rushing record set by last year's Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of Texas. Ironically, Dayne's backfield teammate on the Student Advantage All-American Team is also Ricky Williams - of Texas Tech. The team's quarterback is Purdue junior Drew Brees.
A talented defensive unit is led by Big East Conference defensive player of the year Corey Moore of Virginia Tech. He is joined by Big Ten Conference player of the year LaVar Arrington from Penn State. Florida State's Sebastian Janikowski, last year's Lou Groza Award winner is the team's kicking specialist.
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Following is the 1999 Student Advantage pre-season All-American Team:
Drew Brees, QB - Purdue University, 6'1", 212 lbs., Jr.
Brees, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year last season, threw for a conference- record 3,983 yards and 39 touchdowns last season. But he also tossed 20 interceptions last year.
Ron Dayne, RB - University of Wisconsin, 5'10", 253 lbs., Sr.
Dayne only needs 499 yards this season to break the Big Ten career rushing record and 1,717 to snap Ricky Williams' NCAA Division I-A record. The Badger running back scampered for 1,421 yards last season.
Ricky Williams, RB - Texas Tech University, 5'9", 195 lbs., Jr.
Williams rushed for 1,582 yards and 13 touchdowns last season under the shadow of a running back who shares his name from the University of Texas. Without a doubt this season, he's the best Ricky Williams in the Big 12.
Peter Warrick, WR - Florida State University, 6'0", 190 lbs., Sr.
Warrick's presence in Tallahassee this season is a blessing. He could have easily gone to the pros after his junior season when he caught 12 touchdowns and totaled 1,232 yards on 61 receptions.
Danny Farmer, WR - UCLA, 6'4", 210 lbs., Sr.
The former walk-on averaged 22 yards per catch and grabbed nine touchdowns in 1998. Farmer, who also played on the men's volleyball team, will serve as a team captain in 1999.
Jabari Holloway, TE - University of Notre Dame, 6'4", 258 lbs., Jr.
Holloway ranked as the second-leading Irish receiver with 15 catches last season. In 1998, he had biggest day of his career vs. Purdue with four catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Rob Riti, Center - University of Missouri, 6'3", 285 lbs., Sr.
Widely regarded as the top center in the nation, Riti has started 33 consecutive games for the Tigers. He is both quick and strong. Riti covers 40 yards in 4.8 seconds and can squat 1,000 lbs.
Cosey Coleman, Guard - University of Tennessee, 6'5", 315 lbs., Jr.
Coleman, who can play more than one position on the line, will spend most of his time at right guard. Last season as a sophomore, he received All-SEC honors.
Jason Whitaker, Guard - Florida State University, 6'5", 300 lbs., Sr.
Whitaker is a hard-worker who has developed into one of FSU's most consistent performers. His quick feet and long, lean frame make him an ideal pass blocker.
Chris McIntosh, Tackle - University of Wisconsin, 6'7", 307 lbs., Sr.
With 38 starts, McIntosh could be the most experienced lineman in college football. The Badgers have led the league in rushing twice during his career, and McIntosh has blocked for all three of Ron Dayne's seasons.
Marvel Smith, Tackle - Arizona State University, 6'6", 300 lbs., Jr.
Smith has continued to improve every year since being redshirted his first season. The junior anchors the Sun Devil line from his left tackle position.
Corey Simon, Tackle - Florida State University, 6'4", 275 lbs., Sr.
Simon looks like a linebacker when running down a ball carrier. He is a force at the point of attack who avoided injury for the first time in his FSU career last season.
Jabari Issa, Tackle - University of Washington, 6'6", 295 lbs., Sr.
Issa's solid work ethic allowed him to move into a starting role by his second season. Last season he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after making 41 tackles, including eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
Corey Moore, End - Virginia Tech, 6'0", 212 lbs., Sr.
Moore was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year after making 67 tackles and leading the league in quarterback sacks with 13.5 last season. He also contributed five other tackles for losses and 20 quarterback hurries.
Courtney Brown, End - Penn State University, 6'5", 265 lbs., Sr.
Brown ended his junior year by being named MVP of the Outback Bowl, recording seven stops, with four tackles for minus-26 yards, including two sacks. A two-year starter, he tied the school record with 23 tackles for loss in '98 and led the team with 11.5 sacks.
LaVar Arrington, LB - Penn State University, 6'3", 233 lbs., Jr.
Arrington was named the 1998 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was second on the Nittany Lions' defense last season with 65 stops, including 17 minus-yardage plays. Arrington also grabbed two interceptions and was tied for the team lead with 11 pass break-ups.
Marcus Bell, LB - University of Arizona, 6'2", 231 lbs., Sr.
Bell was the Pac-10's leading tackler last season with 139 stops and 83 solo hits. He earned first-team All-Pac-10 selection for his all-out physical play.
Na'il Diggs, LB - The Ohio State University, 6'4", 235 lbs, Jr.
Diggs was second (by one) among the Buckeyes last year in tackles with 80, and he led the way with 16 tackles for loss, totaling 73 yards. He also had six sacks, an interception, two pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries - one that he returned 47 yards for a touchdown.
Tyrone Carter, Safety - University of Minnesota, 5'9", 184 lbs., Sr.
Carter totaled an amazing 157 tackles last season at his safety position. This was almost twice as many as anyone else on the team. He also had eight sacks, which resulted in a loss of 60 yards.
Jarrod Cooper, Safety - Kansas State University, 6'1", 205 lbs. Jr.
Thirteen of Cooper's 86 tackles in 1998 were recorded for a loss. He was also honored last season by being named to the All-Big 12 team.
Ahmed Plummer, CB - The Ohio State University, 6'0", 190 lbs., Sr.
A two-year starter, Plummer has 35 appearances and 25 starts to his credit with nine pass interceptions and 25 pass break-ups. He led the Buckeyes in both categories last year.
Dwayne Goodrich, CB - University of Tennessee, 6'0", 185 lbs. Sr.
Goodrich has developed into a seasoned veteran. His keen skills were a sight for all when he returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown against Florida State in the 1998 Fiesta Bowl.
Sebastian Janikowski, Kicker - Florida State University, 6'2", 255 lbs., Jr.
With Janikowski's booming leg, Seminole fans may finally be able to put the nightmares of "Wide Right" to sleep. He recorded 27 field goals last year and won the Groza Award for the top kicker in the nation.
Shane Lechler, Punter - Texas A&M University, 6'2", 227 lbs. Sr.
Lechler averaged 43.6 yards per punt last season. He has seven 50-yard plus game averages to his credit, including the A&M record of 54.7 per kick against Iowa State in 1997.
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