Kansas University cornerback Charles Gordon culminated his spectacular sophomore season by earning a new prefix for his name: All-American.
Gordon, a sophomore, was selected to the All-America third team by the Associated Press, which unveiled its picks Monday. He's the first KU player to receive AP All-America honors since offensive lineman Chris Banks was a third-team pick in 1995.
"This is a great honor, not just for me, but also for my teammates," Gordon said in a statement. "There are a lot of deserving players for an honor such as this, and just to be considered for the team is very special to me."
In his first season playing full-time on defense, Gordon intercepted seven passes, tying him for the NCAA Division I-A lead with Louisiana-Monroe's Chris Harris. Gordon also broke up eight passes, blocked a kick, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, earned a sack and registered 57 tackles.
Gordon also played part-time at wide receiver and returned punts for KU, which finished 4-7.
Gordon was one of 13 players from the Big 12 Conference named to the All-America teams. Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, OU offensive lineman Jammal Brown and Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson were first-team selections.