More accolades are arriving for Penn State guard Stefen Wisniewski, with the senior standout named yesterday a first-team All-America by Scout.com and American Football Coaches Association, and a second-team All-America by the Associated Press.
He previously received second-team honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, CBSsports.com and Rivals.com.
Wisniewski has started every game this season at right guard, after starting all 13 games at center in 2009. He has been instrumental in the Nittany Lions' allowing only 12 sacks all season, good for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 14 nationally.
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, both of No. 1 Auburn, were voted to the AP All-America team. along with Oregon running back LaMichael James, who will face Auburn in the BCS title game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10. Auburn is one of five teams with two players on the first team.
Newton, in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from junior college, became the first quarterback in Southeastern Conference history to reach 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. He also accounted for 49 touchdowns (28 passing, 20 rushing and one receiving).
Fairley, a 295-pound junior, led Auburn with 10 1/2 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, blossoming into one of the best defensive tackles in the country after starting just two games in 2009.
Wisconsin had two players from its excellent offensive line: Outland Trophy winning tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffitt.
Oklahoma State, with the nation's No. 1 offense, placed wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Kendall Hunter on the first team. Not to be outdone, rival Oklahoma, which edged out the Cowboys for the Big 12 South title, had receiver Ryan Broyles and safety Quinton Carter on the team.
Big 12 North champion Nebraska also had two All-Americas: cornerback Prince Amukamara and kicker Alex Henery.
Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck, of Stanford, was the second-team quarterback, finishing behind Newton again. Kellen Moore, of Boise State, the other Heisman finalist, was the third-team quarterback for the second straight year.
The complete list of AP All-Americas is on Page 57.
* Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said the school is reviewing its drug-testing policies in the wake of receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos' arrest and suspension last week on charges including possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and marijuana. Barta said at a hastily called news conference that athletic department officials found some "flaws and inconsistencies" in the policies - and that some athletes have likely beaten tests in the past.
Barta and coach Kirk Ferentz are confident that Johnson-Koulianos will be the only player suspended for the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28 against Missouri for a drug-related issue, but the arrest prompted officials to double-check testing protocols and procedures.
* North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter and offensive lineman Alan Pelc will miss the Music City Bowl against Tennessee with injuries. Carter had surgery for a torn left anterior cruciate ligament yesterday. Pelc had surgery Monday on his left shoulder, which sidelined the senior for one game.
* Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams said the Commodores are talking with Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin about their head-coaching job. Robbie Caldwell was forced to resign Nov. 27 at the end of a 2-10 season.
* The Meineke Bowl will be renamed the Belk Bowl, after a Charlotte-based department store, beginning next season. The new sponsorship deal runs through the 2013 game. *