A tackle-machine linebacker, a tackle-busting running back and one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country made return appearances on the Associated Press all-America team.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season.
The all-America teams were released Tuesday and selected by a panel of AP college football poll voters.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State added all-American to his resume after a spectacular redshirt freshman season. Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, the dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.
Carey, a junior, is second in the nation in rushing after leading last year, but said he thinks he's a better player now.
"I worked hard to improve my speed and strength in the offseason while keeping my speed," Carey said. "I put on 10 pounds of weight and I think that's helped my durability. I also wanted to be a better blocker away from the ball. Blocking for our quarterback and our receivers is key to our system and it's important that I do my part even when I'm not carrying the ball."
Carey and Williams are set to compete on the same field this bowl season when Arizona and Boston College meet in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31. It will mark the first time since the 1977 Rose Bowl that two players selected first-team AP all-America at running back then faced off in a bowl. That game featured Michigan's Rob Lytle and Southern California's Ricky Bell.
Mosley, a senior, was the leading tackler for a defense that ranked fifth in the country in yards allowed per game. Sutton, a senior, was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year for the season straight season.
The death of former first-round NFL draft pick Reggie Rogers has been linked to cocaine.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office in Seattle said that Rogers' death was due to a combination of cocaine and alcohol intoxication. Officials determined his death was accidental.
Rogers was a former star at the University of Washington and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1987 ahead of Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson and quarterback Jim Harbaugh. His NFL career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash that killed three teenagers.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he's as healthy as he's been all season and is ready to end his career strongly at the Capital One Bowl.
The eighth-ranked Gamecocks (10-2) face No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) on New Year's Day. And a Clowney not slowed by bumps and bruises is a big plus for South Carolina.
The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior has dealt with bone spurs in his foot and a strained muscle near his ribs this season, along with double and triple teams from opposing teams he's faced each game.
Oregon junior cornerback Troy Hill has been suspended indefinitely by the No. 10 Ducks following his arrest on Friday.
Details about the arrest, first reported by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, were not immediately released by the Eugene Police Department. Hill entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21.
The Ducks went 10-2 this season and play Texas (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 30 in San Antonio.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says "there were no talks" involving him and the Texas job.
Saban said after the third-ranked Crimson Tide's first practice for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma that such speculation is "kind of over."
He had said Friday night after agreeing to a new contract reportedly worth about $7 million a year that he planned to retire at Alabama.