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Cooper Named AFCA All-America
Release: 11/28/2012

WACO, Texas --- North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper has been named to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association FBS All-America Team.  

A finalist for the Outland Trophy, Cooper graded out at 90 percent on the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games. He was a big reason for the Tar Heels' success on offense. Carolina set single-season records in scoring average, total offense per game and passing yards per game. Cooper helped open holes for tailback Giovani Bernard to rush for 1,228 yards.   

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.

2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team
Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Marqise Lee 6-0 195 So. USC Lane Kiffin Inglewood, Calif. (Serra)
WR Terrance Williams 6-2 205 Sr. Baylor Art Briles Dallas, Texas (W.T. White)
TE Zach Ertz 6-6 252 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Alamo, Calif. (Monte Visa)
OL Chance Warmack 6-3 320 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)
OL Luke Joeckel 6-6 310 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Arlington, Texas (Arlington)
C Dalton Freeman 6-5 285 Sr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Pelion, S.C. (Pelion)
OL Jonathan Cooper 6-3 295 Sr. North Carolina Larry Fedora Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard)
OL David Yankey 6-5 301 Jr. Stanford David Shaw Roswell, Ga. (Centennial)
QB Tajh Boyd 6-1 225 Jr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Hampton, Va. (Phoebus)
RB Kenjon Barner 5-11 192 Sr. Oregon Chip Kelly Riverside, Calif. (Notre Dame)
RB Montee Ball* 5-11 215 Sr. Wisconsin Bret Bielema Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Jadeveon Clowney 6-6 256 So. South Carolina Steve Spurrier Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe)
DL Bjoern Werner 6-4 255 Jr. Florida St. Jimbo Fisher Berlin, Germany (Salisbury [Conn.])
DL Damontre Moore 6-4 250 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
DL Will Sutton 6-1 267 Jr. Arizona St. Todd Graham Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
LB Manti Te’o 6-2 255 Sr. Notre Dame Brian Kelly Laie, Hawaii (Punahou)
LB Jarvis Jones* 6-3 241 Jr. Georgia Mark Richt Columbus, Ga. (Carver)
LB C.J. Mosley 6-2 232 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Theodore, Ala. (Theodore)
DB Eric Reid 6-2 212 Jr. LSU Les Miles Geismar, La. (Dutchtown)
DB Dee Milliner 6-1 199 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Millbrook, Ala. (Stanhope Elmore)
DB Jordan Poyer 6-0 190 Sr. Oregon St. Mike Riley Astoria, Ore. (Astoria)
DB Phillip Thomas 6-1 215 Sr. Fresno St. Tim DeRuyter Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Ryan Allen 6-2 215 Sr. Louisiana Tech Sonny Dykes Salem, Ore. (West Salem)
PK Quinn Sharp 6-1 205 Sr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Mansfield, Texas (Summit)
AP Tavon Austin 5-9 171 Sr. West Virginia Dana Holgorsen Baltimore, Md. (Dunbar)

Team Background: The teams now chosen for each of the AFCA's five divisions evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams - Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. The AFCA started selecting an NAIA All-America Team in 2006.

 

 


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