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Smith Named FWAA All-America

LT Jason Smith is Baylor's first All-America offensive lineman since 1980 and the program's first All-America offensive tackle since 1975.

LT Jason Smith is Baylor's first All-America offensive lineman since 1980 and the program's first All-America offensive tackle since 1975.

WACO, Texas -- Baylor's Jason Smith was among 25 student-athletes named to the 2008 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team, announced Saturday on ABC. Smith is the 45th Baylor student-athlete to earn All-America honors and Baylor's first since punter Daniel Sepulveda in 2006.

A product of W.T. White High School in Dallas, Texas, Smith anchored a Baylor offensive line this year that produced 2,349 yards and 29 touchdowns rushing. The Bears ranked 25th nationally and third in the Big 12 with 195.8 rushing yards per game. Baylor's rushing touchdown total was its best since 1994, the third-best season total in school history and one shy of the school record.

Smith, a projected first-round pick in April's National Football League Draft, is Baylor's first non-special teams All-American since safety Adrian Robinson in 1995. He is Baylor's first All-America offensive lineman since guard Frank Ditta in 1980 and Baylor's first All-America offensive tackle since Mike Hughes in 1975. Smith also was named third-team All-America by Rivals.com.

A 2008 unanimous first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection, Smith was one of seven Big 12 athletes on the FWAA team; he joined defensive lineman Brian Orakpo (Texas), quarterback Colt McCoy (Texas), running back Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State), offensive guard Duke Robinson (Oklahoma), tight end Chase Coffman (Missouri) and wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech).


ALL-TIME BAYLOR FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICANS
Wesley Bradshaw, halfback    1921
Barton Koch, guard    1930
Frank James, end    1933
Jim Tom Petty, end    1933
Joe Jack Pearce, back    1933
Billy Patterson, quarterback    1938
Sam Boyd, end    1938
Bob Nelson, center    1940
Jack Russell, end    1940
Jack Wilson, halfback    1940
J.D. Ison, end    1949
Adrian Burk, quarterback    1949
Bill Athey, defensive guard    1951
Ken Casner, defensive tackle    1951
Stanley Williams, end    1951
Larry Isbell, quarterback    1951
Jerry Coody, halfback    1952
L.G. Dupre, halfback    1952
Jack Sisco, center    1952
James Ray Smith, offensive tackle    1953, 1954
Bill Glass, offensive guard    1956
Ronnie Bull, halfback    1960, 1961
Don Trull, quarterback    1963
Lawrence Elkins, flanker    1963, 1964
Greg Pipes, defensive tackle    1967
Roger Goree, defensive tackle    1972
Derrel Luce, linebacker    1974
Aubrey Schulz, center    1974
Mike Hughes, offensive tackle    1975
Gary Green, defensive back    1976
Gary Don Johnson, nose guard    1976
Mike Singletary, linebacker    1978, 1979, 1980
Frank Ditta, offensive guard    1980
Walter Abercrombie, running back    1980
Vann McElroy, free safety    1981
Charles Benson, defensive end    1982
Mark Adickes, offensive tackle    1983
Gerald McNeil, wide receiver    1983
Thomas Everett, free safety    1985, 1986
Robert Blackmon, strong safety    1989
James Francis, linebacker    1989
Santana Dotson, defensive tackle    1991
Adrian Robionson, safety    1995
Daniel Sepulveda, punter    2004, 2005, 2006
Jason Smith, offensive tackle    2008


2008 BAYLOR FOOTBALL POSTSEASON HONORS
James Barnard, OG
• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (The Associated Press)

Krys Buerck, CB
• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Rodney Chadwick, LB
• Baylor Defensive Bear Squad Award

Robert Griffin, QB

• Big 12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year (coaches, The Dallas Morning News, Waco Tribune-Herald)
• Big 12 Conference Offensive Newcomer of the Year (Associated Press, Kansas City Star)
• Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year (San Antonio Express-News)
• Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year (Tim Griffin: ESPN.com, Pat Forde: SI.com, Rivals.com)
• Baylor Offensive MVP

Derek Epperson, P
• Second-Team All-Big 12 Conference (Kansas City Star, Waco Tribune-Herald)
• Third-Team All-Big 12 Conference (Phil Steele Magazine)
• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (coaches, The Associated Press)
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference
• Ray Guy Award semifinialist
• Baylor Special Teams MVP

Ty Findley, LB

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Kirby Freeman, QB
• Baylor Kyle Woods Award

Dan Gay, OT

• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (coaches)

Ben Hixson, LB
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Jake Jackson, OL
• Baylor Offensive Bear Squad Award

Jacoby Jones, RB
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Tyler King, LB
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Jake La Mar, S
• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Jordan Lake, FS

• First-Team All-Big 12 Conference (coaches, The Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald)
• Second-Team All-Big 12 Conference (The Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, Phil Steele Magazine)
• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Jason Lamb, DE
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Gary Mason Jr., DE
• Baylor Defensive Bear Squad Award

Zak Mitchell, S
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Joe Pawelek, LB
• Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America (CoSIDA)
• First-Team All-Big 12 Conference (unanimous)
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference
• Baylor Defensive MVP
• Baylor Academic Excellence Award

Ryan Roberts, QB
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Zac Scotton, DE
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Sam Shalala, LB
• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Sam Sledge, DT
• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Jason Smith, OT
• First-Team All-America (FWAA)
• Third-Team All-America (Rivals.com)
• First-Team All-Big 12 Conference (unanimous)
• Baylor "Mr. Team" Award
• Baylor Off-Season Co-MVP

J.D. Walton, C
• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (The Associated Press)

John David Weed, TE
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

Thomas White, WR
• Baylor Off-Season Co-MVP

Terrance Williams, WR
• Baylor Offensive Bear Squad Award


 

 

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