Ingram, Allen collect AP All-America honors

GoGamecocks staff and wire reportsDecember 14, 2011 

University of South Carolina's Melvin Ingram runs a punt fake in the fourth quarter against the Citadel at William-Brice Stadium.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

South Carolina defensive seniors Melvin Ingram and Antonio Allen earned spots on the the AP All-America Team.

Ingram, a defensive end, was named to the first team, his third All-America team selection this postseason.

Allen, who plays spur for the Gamecocks, was honored as a second-team safety by the AP.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Robert Griffin III, junior, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Baylor.

Running backs — Montee Ball, junior, 5-11, 210, Wisconsin; Trent Richardson, junior, 5-11, 224, Alabama.

Tackles — Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 311, Alabama; Matt Kalil, junior, 6-7, 295, Southern California.

Guards — David DeCastro, senior, 6-5, 310, Stanford; Kevin Zeitler, senior, 6-4, 318, Wisconsin.

Center — David Molk, senior, 6-2, 286, Michigan.

Wide receivers — Justin Blackmon, junior, 6-1, 215, Oklahoma State; Robert Woods, sophomore, 6-1, 180, Southern California.

Tight end — Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, Clemson.

All-purpose player — Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, Clemson.

Kicker — Randy Bullock, senior, 5-9, 212, Texas A&M.

DEFENSE

Ends — Melvin Ingram, senior, 6-2, 276, South Carolina; Whitney Mercilus, junior, 6-4, 265, Illinois.

Tackles — Devon Still, senior, 6-5, 310, Penn State; Jerel Worthy, junior, 6-3, 310, Michigan State.

Linebackers — Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, Boston College; Jarvis Jones, sophomore, 6-3, 241, Georgia; Dont'a Hightower, junior, 6-4, 260, Alabama.

Cornerbacks — Morris Claiborne, junior, 6-0, 185, LSU; Tyrann Mathieu, sophomore, 5-9, 175, LSU.

Safeties — Mark Barron, senior, 6-2, 218, Alabama; Bacarri Rambo, junior, 6-0, 218, Georgia.

Punter — Brad Wing, freshman, 6-3, 184, LSU.

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Andrew Luck, junior, Stanford.

Running backs — LaMichael James, junior, Oregon; David Wilson, junior, Virginia Tech.

Tackles — Jonathan Martin, senior, Stanford; Nate Potter, senior, Boise State.

Guards —Will Blackwell, senior, LSU; Austin Pazstor, senior, Virginia.

Center — Peter Konz, junior, Wisconsin.

Wide receivers — Ryan Broyles, senior, Oklahoma; Kendall Wright, senior, Baylor.

Tight end — Tyler Eifert, junior, Notre Dame.

All-purpose player — Joe Adams, senior, Arkansas.

Kicker — Caleb Sturgis, junior, Florida.

DEFENSE

Ends — Frank Alexander, senior, Oklahoma; Vinny Curry, senior, Marshall.

Tackles — Joe Vellano, junior, Maryland; Derek Wolfe, senior, Cincinnati.

Linebackers — Courtney Upshaw, senior, Alabama; Lavonte David, senior, Nebraska; Manti Teo, junior, Notre Dame.

Cornerbacks — David Amerson, sophomore, North Carolina State; Dre Kirkpatrick, junior, Alabama.

Safeties — Markelle Martin, senior, Oklahoma State; Antonio Allen, senior, South Carolina.

Punter — Ryan Allen, junior, Louisiana Tech.

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THIRD TEAM

Quarterback — Matt Barkley, junior, Southern California.

Running backs — Ronnie Hillman, sophomore, San Diego State; Bobby Rainey, senior, Western Kentucky.

Tackles — Levy Adcock, senior, Oklahoma State; Cordy Glenn, senior, Georgia.

Guards — Ryan Miller, senior, Colorado; Gabe Ikard, sophomore, Oklahoma.

Center — Grant Garner, senior, Oklahoma State.

Wide receivers — Jordan White, senior, Western Michigan; Patrick Edwards, senior, Houston.

Tight end — Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford.

All-purpose player — Tavon Austin, junior, West Virginia.

Kicker — Quinn Sharp, junior, Oklahoma State.

DEFENSE

Ends — Sam Montgomery, sophomore, LSU; Andre Branch, senior, Clemson.

Tackles — John Simon, junior, Ohio State; Fletcher Cox, junior, Mississippi State.

Linebackers — Tank Carder, senior, TCU; Sammy Brown, senior, Houston; Emmanuel Acho, senior, Texas.

Cornerbacks — Nigel Malone, junior, Kansas State; Brodrick Brown, junior, Oklahoma State.

Safeties — Josh Bush, senior, Wake Forest; George Iloka, senior, Boise State.

Punter — Shawn Powell, senior, Florida State.

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AP All-America team selection panel: Bob Asmussen, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette; Greg Auman, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman; Seth Emerson, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer; Erik Gee, KNML-AM Albuquerque, N.M.; Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Mike Herndon Press-Register. Mobile, Ala.; Joshua Kendall, The State, Columbia, S.C.; Rob Long, CBS Radio 105.7 Baltimore; Dave Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Sam McKewon, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.; Keith Sargeant, Home News Tribune, Somerville, N.J.; John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript.

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