Davis on All-America first team

College Football

December 14, 2005|By HEATHER A. DINICH | HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER

Maryland junior tight end Vernon Davis was named to the Associated Press All-America first team yesterday, and senior linebacker D'Qwell Jackson earned second-team honors.

Davis, 6 feet 3, led the Terps in receiving with 51 catches for 871 yards and six touchdowns. He also finished the regular season as the Atlantic Coast Conference leader in receiving yards per game with 79.2.

"He obviously has tremendous physical attributes in size, strength and speed, but also his internal drive to be successful is really the thing that sets him apart from everybody else," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "It's the epitome of what our kids strive to be. To be the best in the country, that's pretty good."

Davis is still considering leaving school early for the NFL draft but has not officially declared himself eligible. He has until Jan. 15 to make his decision. Friedgen said he advised Davis to wait until he hears back from the NFL Players Association regarding how high he is likely to be taken in the draft.

Davis was the first offensive player from Maryland named to the AP All-America team since 1955 when center Bob Pelligrini earned the honor. He is the 11th first-teamer in school history and the first since linebacker E.J. Henderson in 2002.

Jackson, who this month was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year, led the league in tackles for the second straight year.

Both Jackson and Davis were named to the American Football Coaches Association's first-team All-American list earlier this month.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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