Penn State linebacker Dan Connor was selected a first-team All-America by the

Associated Press.

The Strath Haven product also was selected a second-team All-America by Nittany Lions sophomore defensive end Maurice Evans (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earned honorable mention recognition.

Last week, Connor was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, the nation's oldest All-America team. He is Penn State's 91st first-team All-America selection and the 14th Nittany Lion to earn first team All-America honors twice. He earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2006.

Connor joins Dennis Onkotz (1968-69), Shane Conlan (1985-86), LaVar Arrington (1998-99) and Paul Posluszny (2005-06) as Lions linebackers who earned first-team All-America accolades twice.

The Nittany Lions' career tackle leader with 410 hits, Connor was one of three finalists for the 2007 Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker. He also was a semifinalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Connor leads Penn State and the Big Ten with 136 tackles (66 solo).

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up, was one of four players voted to the AP's 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-Americas on the team.

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. Smith is the first All-America from UCF, which began playing major college football in 1996.

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, was voted to the second team. Hawaii's Colt Brennan, third in the Heisman voting, was the third-team quarterback.


* LSU coach Les Miles denied again he is interested in filling Michigan's head-coaching vacancy. In response to a report by the Detroit Free Press that he had spoken with Michigan officials, Miles, who is spending this week recruiting for LSU, released a statement saying he only offered advice to the school,about finding a coach, "just as any loyal alumnus might do."

* Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson withdrew his name from consideration for the head-coaching vacancy at Duke.

* Temple sophomore placekicker Jake Brownell was named to the 2007 Academic All-Mid-American Conference team. He was the Owls' leading scorer, with 57 points.

* Cincinnati assistant Ernest Jones was hired as Alcorn State's coach, returning to the school where he was a wide receiver. *