Ellis, Rivers, Davis, Baker Named To All-American First Teams

Dec. 11, 2007

Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, linebacker Keith Rivers, tight end Fred Davis and offensive tackle Sam Baker were named to various All-American first teams today (Dec. 11).

Ellis, a 2-time All-American first teamer, made the Associated Press All-American first team. He and Rivers were named to the SI.com All-American first team. Davis and Baker--a 3-time All-American first teamer--were picked for Phil Steele's All-American first team.

Ellis earlier this month made the Football Coaches, Football Writers, Walter Camp and The Sporting News All-American first teams. He also was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and won the Pac-10 Morris Trophy. He has 56 tackles in 2007, including 12.5 for a loss (with 8.5 sacks), and 6 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He was a semifinalist for the 2007 Lott Trophy and Bednarik Award. In his career, he has 28.5 tackles for a loss and 17.5 sacks.

Rivers, a 2-time All-Pac-10 first teamer and 3-year starter, was a semifinalist for the 2007 Butkus Award. He has 73 tackles, including 4.5 for losses, plus 4 deflections, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble in 2007.

Davis, who recently won the 2007 Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, was previously named to The Sporting News All-American first team. He is USC's first All-American tight end since Jim Obradovich in 1974. He leads the Rose Bowl-bound Trojans in 2007 with 55 receptions (a record for USC tight ends) for 794 yards and 7 touchdowns. He is the first tight end to lead USC in receptions in a season since Joe Cormier in 1985. His 14.4 average per catch in 2007 is second best among the nation's tight ends. He has 110 career catches (13th on USC's career receptions list), a record for USC tight ends. He has 3 100-yard receiving games in his career (all in 2007). He was named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 first team.

Baker, a 4-year starter, and 3-time All-Pac-10 first teamer was a semifinalist for the 2007 Lombardi Award. Earlier this month, he was named to the Walter Camp All-American first team, making his USC's third-ever 3-time All-American (along with Richard Wood and Matt Leinart).

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