The three Alabama All-Americans also were the most first-teamers by any school in the country.
Offensive tackle Andre Smith of Huffman, listed at 330 pounds, was a unanimous first-team choice, and was joined by center Antoine Caldwell. Crimson Tide nose guard Terrence Cody, listed at 365 pounds, anchored the top-ranked defense in the Southeastern Conference.
Between Smith at 330, Caldwell at 305 and Cody at 365, that's over 1,000 pounds of linemen.
Smith, a junior, won the Outland Trophy last week. The award is given to the nation's top lineman,.
Well done, Guys! Andre Smith was awarded the Outland Trophy last week.
Rashad Johnson was named to the second team and Roland McClain to the third. Rolltide.com:
Johnson, a former walk-on and second-team All-America selection, has developed into one of the finest safeties in college football after accounting for 82 tackles, five tackles for loss (-15), one sack (-7), five interceptions – two of which were returned for touchdowns – and 11 pass break-ups. His 16 passes defended lead the SEC and is tied for 21st nationally. Johnson was selected as a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and was a second-team Walter Camp All-American.
McClain, a sophomore middle linebacker, garnered third-team accolades after leading Alabama with 91 tackles and 11.0 tackles for loss (-44). He ranked second on the team with 3.0 sacks (-22) while intercepting one pass, recording five pass breakups and recovering two fumbles.
More honors for the Crimson Tide:
Alabama freshmen Julio Jones and Dont’a Hightower were named to the Sporting News’ 2008 All-Freshman Team on Tuesday.
Jones, a wide receiver from Foley, Ala., was selected to the first team while Hightower, a linebacker from Lewisburg, Tenn., was named to the second team.
Jones set Alabama freshman records for receptions (51), receiving yards (847) and touchdowns (4). He led the Crimson Tide in all three categories while ranking fourth in the SEC in receiving yards per game (65.2) and seventh in receptions per game at 3.92.
Hightower ranks fourth on the team with 62 tackles headed into the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Utah. He started 12 games and has 2.5 tackles for loss (-6) and five quarterback hurries. Hightower also recovered two fumbles and forced one fumble.
Rolltide.com has a complete list of 2008 Crimson Tide All-Americans. More to come.