Briggs, Farmer Earn <i>Football News</i> Preseason Accolades
July 9, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - A pair of University of Arizona football players were recognized by Football News, as the publication named Lance Briggs and Clarence Farmer to its preseason All-America teams.
Briggs, a 6-foot-2, 243-pound senior from Sacramento, Calif., was a first-team selection at linebacker. He tallied a tam-leading 93 tackles (59 solo) last season in earning first team all-Pacific-10 Conference honors for the second straight season. Briggs was Arizona's Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2001. He has 206 tackles in 22 career games at linebacker, an average of 9.4 stops per game, and has 25 tackles for loss. Briggs has been included on the 2002 Lombardi and Butkus Award watch lists. He is one of four Pac-10 players to appear on the first team.
Farmer, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound junior from Houston, Texas, was named to the third team as a running back. He was the Pac-10's rushing leader with 1,229 yards gained, which ranked 21st nationally, and averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 2001. Farmer tallied 10 touchdowns in 11 games last season and his 111.7 yards per game average was second-best in the conference. Farmer has nine career 100-yard games to his credit, including six in 2001. He was named team MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2001.
Both players were also included on Football News' preseason all-Pac-10 team.
Arizona opens the 2002 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Northern Arizona. Kick-off in Arizona Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. PDT.
Football News 2002 Preseason All-America Team
First Team Offense First Team DefenseQB Rex Grossman, Jr., Florida DL William Joseph, Sr., Miami (Fla.)RB Anthony Davis, So., Wisconsin DL Dewayne White, Jr., LouisvilleRB Bruce Perry, Jr., Maryland DL Cory Redding, Sr., TexasWR Charles Rogers, Jr., Michigan State DL Tommie Harris, So., OklahomaWR Roy Williams, Jr., Texas LB E.J. Henderson, Sr., MarylandTE Trent Smith, Sr., Oklahoma LB Lance Briggs, Sr., ArizonaOL Brett Romberg, Sr., Miami (Fla.) LB Jarrod Penright, Sr., Texas A&MOL Brett Williams, Sr., Florida State DB Mike Doss, Sr., Ohio StateOL Derrick Roche, Sr., Washington State DB Troy Polamalu, Sr., USCOL Tony Pashos, Sr., Illinois DB Eugene Wilson, Sr., IllinoisOL Jon Stinchcomb, Sr., Georgia DB Ricky Manning Jr., Sr., UCLAPK Seth Marler, Sr., Tulane P Andy Groom, Sr., Ohio State
Third Team Offense Third Team DefenseQB Ken Dorsey, Sr., Miami (Fla.) DL Jerome McDougle, Sr., Miami (Fla.)RB Chance Kretschmer, So., Nevada DL Jimmy Wilkerson, Jr., OklahomaRB Clarence Farmer, Jr., Arizona DL Dan Klecko, Sr., TempleWR Darius Watts, Jr., Marshall DL Darnell Dockett, Jr., Florida StateWR Kevin Curtis, Sr., Utah State LB Rod Davis, Jr., Southern MissTE Dallas Clark, Jr., Iowa LB Victor Hobson, Sr., MichiganOL Todd Wike, Sr., Maryland LB Dontarious Thomas, Jr., AuburnOL Dan Koppen, Sr., Boston College DB Terrence Holt, Sr., North Carolina StateOL Jeff Faine, Sr., Notre Dame DB Anthony Floyd, Sr., LouisvilleOL Brian Rimpf, Jr., East Carolina DB Dennis Weathersby, Sr., Oregon StateOL Enoch DeMar, Sr., Indiana DB Derrick Strait, Jr., OklahomaPK Jarvis Wallum, Sr., Wyoming P Brooks Barnard, Sr., Maryland
Preseason All-Pac-10 Offense Preseason All-Pac-10 DefenseQB Jason Gesser, Sr., Washington State DL Rodney Leslie, Jr., UCLARB Onterrio Smith, Jr., Oregon DL Terrell Suggs, Jr., Arizona StateRB Clarence Farmer, Jr., Arizona DL Eric Manning, Sr., Oregon StateWR Reggie Williams, So., Washington DL Rien Long, Jr., Washington StateWR Shaun McDonald, Jr., Arizona State LB Lance Briggs, Sr., ArizonaTE Mike Seidman, Sr., UCLA LB Ben Mahdavi, Sr., WashingtonOL Greg Schindler, Sr., Stanford LB Richard Siegler, Jr., Oregon StateOL Derrick Roche, Sr., Washington State DB Keith Lewis, Jr., OregonOL Mike Saffer, Sr., UCLA DB Ricky Manning Jr., Sr., UCLAOL Kwame Harris, Jr., Stanford DB Dennis Weathersby, Sr., Oregon StateOL Joey Forster, Jr., Oregon DB Troy Polamalu, Sr., USCPK Drew Dunning, Jr., Washington State P Nate Fikse, Sr., UCLA