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AP also honors McFadden, Tebow, KSU’s Nelson

December 12, 2007

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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow speaks with members of the media. Tebow returned to Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday after winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. He was named the Associated Press first-team All-America quarterback.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow speaks with members of the media. Tebow returned to Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday after winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. He was named the Associated Press first-team All-America quarterback.

— When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn't have to settle for second.

The Arkansas running back and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up was one of four players voted to the Associated Press All-America team for the second consecutive season.

Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis were the other two-time first-team AP All-Americans on the team released Tuesday.

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow joins McFadden in the backfield along with Central Florida's Kevin Smith, who leads the nation with 2,448 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Kansas State receiver Jordy Nelson went from walk-on to All-America.

Nelson didn't get a scholarship after playing at Riley County High School, about 20 miles from Kansas State's Manhattan campus. He redshirted in 2003 and was a defensive back in 2004, again not seeing any game time.

This season, Nelson became a star. He ranked second in the country in both receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,606) behind Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech.

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