Originally created 12/02/05

Jackets' Johnson piles up honors



ATLANTA - Calvin Johnson's most complimentary critics this season have been the coaches trying to stop him.

Those experts backed up their words Thursday, naming Georgia Tech's wide receiver to their 25-man all-America team.

Johnson joined Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett at wide receiver on the team named by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA team is not the same as The Associated Press All-America team, due out later this month.

On Monday, Johnson was named first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference for the second consecutive year. He caught 52 passes for 869 yards and six touchdowns during the regular season and has 100 catches for 1,706 yards in his career with the Yellow Jackets.

TROPHY RECOVERED: The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy was recovered Wednesday, about 48 hours after it was believed to have been stolen, Navy officials said.

The trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the football competition between the three major service academies, was found in a storage room inside Bancroft Hall, the academy's dormitory.

"All that matters is that we found the (trophy) and it's in good hands, now," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told The Washington Post. "We'll bring it to Philadelphia with us, and the winner of the game will take it home with them."

The 170-pound trophy was taken Monday from the team's locker room, Navy spokesman Scott Strasemeier said.

Left in its place was a note that read: "Before we win the football game on Saturday, we thought we would take the trophy. By the time you read this, it will be halfway to West Point," home of the U.S. Military Academy.

LOTT TROPHY: Linebackers A.J. Hawk of Ohio State and DeMeco Ryans of Alabama and end Darryl Tapp of Virginia Tech were selected as finalists for the Lott Trophy, presented to college football's defensive player of the year.

Candidates for the award, named for former Southern California defensive back Ronnie Lott, are judged on on-field and off-field performance. Defensive end David Pollack of Georgia won last year.

The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at the sponsoring Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

CLEMSON: Center Barry Humphries has been suspended from the Tigers' bowl game after he was arrested earlier this month and charged with driving under the influence in Clayton, Ga., coach Tommy Bowden said.

Humphries, a freshman who is redshirting this season, would not have played in the game but will be punished, Bowden said.