Allen, Weathersby Named Preseason All-Americans

April 10, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State linebacker James Allen and cornerback Dennis Weathersby have been selectedto Playboy Magazine's preseason College All-America football squad, it was announced Tuesday.Allen is a senior weak linebacker from Portland and Jefferson High School. Weathersby is a junior fromDuarte High School in Duarte, CA.

Allen and Weathersby are the first Oregon State selections to the Playboy preseason All-America squad sincelinebacker Steve Brown was selected in 1972. This year marks the 45th consecutive season that Playboy has selecteda preseason College All-America squad. All told, Allen and Weathersby's selections make a total of seven Beaverplayers who have been selected during the 45-year time span.

Allen missed the first four games of the 2000 season with a low back injury but came on very strong at thetail end of the season and had an outstanding game in the Fiesta Bowl, leading OSU with 7 solo tackles and a tacklefor loss.

Weathersby was named to the Freshman All-America team by The Sporting News and The Football Newsfollowing his freshman season in 1999. He was selected first team All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-Americanthis past season. In addition, Dennis was also a Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic squad selection and a DistrictVIII Verizon Academic pick in 2000.

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