Originally created 12/15/00

Reynolds on AP All-America team



Aiken's Jamal Reynolds has added another accolade to his expanding collection.

A week after he won the Lombardi Award, the Florida State defensive end was named to The Associated Press All-America team. Another local product, former Butler High standout Chris Brown, made the first team after he anchored the offensive line at guard during Georgia Tech's 9-2 season.

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Reynolds was one of three Seminoles named to the first team. The Aiken High graduate is widely considered the nation's most dominating defensive end, and he's deemed a lock to be one of the top picks in the 2001 NFL Draft.

Apart from winning the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top college lineman, Reynolds also was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's best defensive player. Miami linebacker Dan Morgan won the award last week.

Brown helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 372 yards and 33.8 points per game.

Clemson linebacker Keith Adams was the only other player from an area college to make the first team. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound junior amassed 138 tackles, including 19 for loss, and had six sacks during the Tigers' 9-2 season.

Georgia defensive end Richard Seymour made the second team. Also earning third-team honors were South Carolina's linebacker Kalimba Edwards and cornerback Sheldon Brown, and Clemson safety Robert Carswell.

Led by triple award-winning linebacker Dan Morgan, Miami joined Florida State with three players selected to the first team.

Wide receiver/punt returner Santana Moss and safety Edward Reed were the other Hurricanes on the 26-player squad, which also features Florida State's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Chris Weinke.

It's the first time since 1992 that Miami had as many as three All-Americans; Florida State had four players on last year's team.

Along with Weinke and Reynolds, wide receiver Marvin Minnis was the other Seminole chosen for the 2000 team.

Weinke led the nation with 4,167 yards passing and threw 33 touchdown passes, with just 11 interceptions. He guided the third-ranked Seminoles (11-1) to a national title game against No. 1 Oklahoma (12-0) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

The Sooners' Josh Heupel made second team, with Purdue's Drew Brees the third-team quarterback.