Originally created 12/15/00

Champs slighted on team



Georgia Southern, one victory away from defending its national championship, did not have a player selected to The Associated Press' Division I-AA All-America first team, which was released Thursday.

Eagles running back Adrian Peterson, who was on the first team a year ago, made the second team this season, as did defensive back Mate Gates.

Peterson was slowed by a left elbow injury toward the end of the regular season, and sat out the final two games, hurting his chances to make the first team again.

Drew Miller, the Montana quarterback who overcame injuries to lead the Grizzlies into Saturday's national championship game against Georgia Southern, and 2,000-yard rusher Louis Ivory of Furman highlight the first team.

Miller, who missed two games with a shoulder injury and another with a concussion, has thrown for 3,330 yards and 19 touchdowns.

In eight regular-season games, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior threw for 2,439 yards and 13 TDs and has another 891 yards and six TDs in three playoff games.

Ivory, the Paladins' 5-foot-8, 197-pound junior, topped the division with 2,079 yards, scored 16 touchdowns and won the Walter Payton Award as I-AA's best player. He carried Furman into the first round of the playoffs.

Montana and Furman led the way with three players apiece on the 26-man team, which features 18 seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.

Miller's teammates on the I-AA squad were defensive end Andy Petek and guard Thatcher Szalay. Joining Ivory were guard Marty Priore and linebacker Will Bouton.

Ivory's running mate was Charles Dunn of Portland State. The 5-8, 185-pound senior was second in rushing with 1,792 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

Both of the second team running backs - Peterson and Charles Roberts of Sacramento State - were on the first team in 1999.

The receivers were Alex Bannister of Eastern Kentucky, Stephen Campbell of Brown and Kassim Osgood of Cal Poly-SLO. Campbell caught a I-AA record 120 passes for 1,332 yards and 11 TDs as he led the nation in receiving yards at 133.2 per game. Osgood, a sophomore, had 83 catches for 1,377 yards and 14 TDs. Bannister had 71 grabs for 1,122 yards and 12 TDs.

Brian Westbrook of Villanova was the all-purpose player, averaging a division-best 272 yards. The 5-9, 210-pound junior, who missed the '99 season with a torn knee ligament, ran for 1,220 yards, caught 59 passes for 724 yards, and totaled 1,048 yards on kickoff returns. He scored 22 TDs - 15 rushing, five receiving and two on kick returns.

Joining Szalay and Priore on the offensive line were Jeff Fiss of Delaware; J.T. Herfurth of Albany (N.Y.) and Brian McDonald of Lehigh.

Lawrence Tynes of Troy State was the kicker, hitting 16 of 20 field goals and all 36 extra point attempts.

The defense was paced by linebacker Edgerton Hartwell of Western Illinois. The 6-2, 240-pound senior, who helped his team to the Gateway Conference title, finished with 169 tackles, five interceptions and four sacks in winning the Buck Buchanan Award as I-AA's best defensive player. Hartwell was the lone repeater from last year.

The other linebackers were Bouton, who had 120 tackles in earning Southern Conference defensive player of the year honors; Brian McKenna of Delaware; and Tim Johnson of Youngstown State.

Joining Petek along the defensive front were Jeff Allen of Eastern Washington, Andrew Hollingsworth of Towson and Jake Morrison of McNeese State. Petek and Hollingsworth had 18 sacks apiece, while Allen had 11 and Williams seven.

The secondary consisted of C.J. Carroll of Southwest Texas, Steve Dogmanits of Fairfield; Bobby Sippio of Western Kentucky and Corey Hall of Appalachian State.

Carroll had 98 tackles, 11 sacks and four fumble recoveries as he was voted the Southland Conference player of the year. Dogmanits was I-AA's co-leader with 11 interceptions - he returned two for TDs. Sippio returned two of his 10 interceptions for TDs, and Hall had 55 tackles and three interceptions.

David Beckford of Alabama State was the punter - leading I-AA with a 44.19-yard average on 48 punts.

The sophomores on the team were Beckford, Osgood and Sippio.