NCAA Consensus All-American Eric Weddle.
Jan. 12, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY -
Utah senior defensive back Eric Weddle was named to the NCAA Consensus All-America Football Team today, joining Luther Elliss (1994) and Jordan Gross (2002) as the only Consensus All-Americans in Utah football history. The five organizations used in the consensus chart were the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation. The 29 players on the NCAA Consensus All-America Football Team received the majority of votes competing against players at their position only.
Weddle, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, was named to eight All-America teams this past season, including six first-team citations. He led the conference and finished No. 8 in the nation in interceptions with seven--returning two for touchdowns. Other key defensive stats for Weddle included 64 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
The most versatile player in the nation, Weddle played cornerback, safety, quarterback, running back, holder, punt returner and kick returner, while also contributing on the punt and kickoff coverage teams. He scored eight touchdowns in 2006--two on interceptions returns, one on a fumble return and five rushing. He also passed for a touchdown. Weddle's five rushing touchdowns was tied for the team lead and he averaged 4.6 yards per carry.
Weddle finished his Ute career in typical fashion at the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23. He recorded six tackles, an interception, an assisted sack and a fumble recovery, and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown. Weddle also held for four successful field goal kicks by Louie Sakoda in Utah's 25-13 victory over Tulsa. Weddle and Sakoda were named to the Rivals.com 2006-07 All-Bowl Team.
The complete 2006 NCAA Consensus All-America Team follows:
OffenseWR--*Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 235, Junior WR--Robert Meachem, Tennessee, 6-3, 210, Junior WR--Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame, 6-5, 218, Senior TE--Zach Miller, Arizona St., 6-5, 260, Junior OL--Sam Baker, Southern California, 6-5, 305, Junior OL--Justin Blalock, Texas, 6-4, 335, Senior OL--Jake Long, Michigan, 6-7, 313, Senior OL--*Joe Thomas, Wisconsin, 6-8, 313, Senior C--*Dan Mozes, West Virginia, 6-4, 290, Senior QB--*Troy Smith, Ohio St., 6-1, 215, Senior RB--Darren McFadden, Arkansas, 6-2, 205, Sophomore RB--*Steve Slaton, West Virginia, 5-10, 195, Sophomore PK--Justin Medlock, UCLA, 6-0, 197, Senior AP/KR--DeSean Jackson, California, 6-0, 166, Sophomore
DefenseDL--*Gaines Adams, Clemson, 6-5, 265, Senior DL--Justin Hickman, UCLA, 6-2, 263, Senior DL--Quinn Pitcock, Ohio St., 6-3, 295, Senior DL--*LaMarr Woodley, Michigan, 6-2, 269, Senior LB--James Laurinaitis, Ohio St., 6-3, 244, Sophomore LB--Patrick Willis, Mississippi, 6-2, 240, Senior LB--Rufas Alexander, Oklahoma, 6-1, 230, Senior LB--H.B. Blades, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 240, Senior LB--Paul Posluszny, Penn St., 6-2, 238, Senior DB--Leon Hall, Michigan, 5-11, 193, Senior DB--Daymeion Hughes, California, 6-0, 188, Senior DB--LaRon Landry, LSU, 6-2, 202, Senior DB--Reggie Nelson, Florida, 6-1, 193, Junior DB--Eric Weddle, Utah, 6-0, 200, Senior P--*Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor, 6-3, 230, Senior
*Indicates unanimous selection.