Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin was named an AP all-American yesterday, headlining a group of four Nittany Lions who received postseason honors.
The speedy sophomore was named to the first team after compiling 12 sacks. The honor is all the more amazing because Maybin wasn't even listed on the depth chart before the first game of the year.
Iowa running back Shonn Greene, a 5-11, 235-pound junior from Winslow Township High in Camden County, also was named to the first team.
The second team includes Penn State center A.Q. Shipley, and right guard Rich Orhnberger was a third-team selection. Also on the third team as an all-purpose playerwas receiver and return man Derrick Williams. The senior captain has nine touchdowns and 1,332 all-purpose yards this season.
Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt was named to the third team. The nation's second leading receiver with an average of 113.8 yards receiving per game, Britt led the Big East in receptions (81) and receiving yards (1,252).
Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis was named an all-American for the third consecutive season. Also on the first team: Heisman winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree.
Texas' Colt McCoy, the Heisman runner-up, was the second-team quarterback and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow made the third team.
Alabama put more players on the first team than any school, about 1,000 pounds of linemen. Offensive tackle Andre Smith, listed at 330 pounds, was a unanimous first-team choice, and was joined by center Antoine Caldwell. Crimson Tide nose guard Terrence Cody, listed at 365 pounds, anchored the SEC's top-ranked defense.