Sports Illustrated named three LSU players to its All-America first team, the magazine and website announced Tuesday.
Sophomore Tyrann Mathieu was chosen at two positions: cornerback and punt returner. he becomes the first player in school history to earn first-team All-America honors at two positions in the same season. Mathieu led the Tigers with 70 tackles, and led the nation in fumbles recovered with five and was third nationally in forced fumbles with six. He was second in the nation in punt returns with a 16.2 average on 26 returns, including two for touchdowns. He also scored two touchdowns on fumble returns.
Junior cornerback Morris Claiborne led the nation in interception return yardage with 173 on a team-high six interceptions. He had 46 tackles and six pass breakups.
Freshman punter Brad Wing had the best debut season for a punter in school history, averaging 44.1 yards on 50 punts. He had 23 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 18 of his kicks went 50 yards or more. Wing allowed just 6 yardxs on punt returns this season.
LSU offensive guard Will Blackwell and defensive end Sam Montgomery both earned second team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated.
Sports Illustrated All-America
First Team Offense
QB – Robert Griffin III, Jr., Baylor
RB – Montee Ball, Jr., Wisconsin
RB – Trent Richardson, Jr., Alabama
WR – Justin Blackmon, Jr., Oklahoma State
WR – Robert Woods, So., USC
TE – Dwayne Allen, Jr., Clemson
OL – Matt Kalil, Jr., USC
OL – David DeCastro, Sr., Stanford
OL – Grant Garner, Sr., Oklahoma State
OL – Kelechi Osemele, Sr., Iowa State
OL – Barrett Jones, Jr., Alabama
First Team Defense
DE – Whitney Mercilus, Jr., Illinois
DT – Devon Still, Sr., Penn State
DT – Brett Roy, Sr., Nevada
DE – Melvin Ingram, Sr., South Carolina
LB – Jarvis Jones, So., Georgia
LB – Luke Kuechly, Jr., Boston College
LB – Courtney Upshaw, Jr., Alabama
CB – Morris Claiborne, Jr., LSU
S – Mark Barron, Sr., Alabama
S – Markelle Martin, Sr., Oklahoma State
CB – Tyrann Mathieu, So., LSU
K – Randy Bullock, Sr., Texas A&M
P – Brad Wing, Fr., LSU
PR – Tyrann Mathieu, So., LSU
KR – Sammy Watkins, Fr., Clemson