Manti Te'o earned first team AP All-American honors Wednesday, and is the only Notre Dame player on the publication's first team.
Stephon Tuitt, who was a CBS All-American as a defensive tackle (he plays defensive end) and an ESPN All American at his natural position, was beat out by Florida State's Bjoern Werner for the second AP first-team defensive end honor. South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is an across-the-board All American at the other defensive end slot.
Tyler Eifert was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, with Stanford's Zach Ertz garnering top honors. Braxston Cave was also named a third-team center to round out Notre Dame's representatives.
Alabama leads the pack with four representatives on the first team: guard Chance Warmack, center Barrett Jones, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner. Tackle D.J. Fluker is a second team rep and quarterback A.J. McCarron is on the third team.
Eifert was CBS' second-team tight end and Cave was its second-team center, while Louis Nix made the cut as a third-team defensive tackle.
The FWAA releases its All-American team Friday morning.
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Just when you think the Bulls are back at full strength for one of the few times this season and able to hit the reset button halfway through the year, someone goes down with an injury.
Taj Gibson will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left ankle injury that he apparently suffered Sunday night in the Bulls’ win against Memphis.
This comes on the day Nikola Mirotic has recovered from his strep throat and apparently the flu bug that made its way through the locker room has finally run its course.
Paul Zipser, the Bulls’ rookie second-round pick, will start in Gibson’s place. Zipser has played in 12 games so far, starting in two of them.
"It's something that kind of popped up,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I don't know exactly the time. He did have a little bit of soreness in the game. Again, it's not to the point where you're saying this is something that holds him out a while.”
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Gibson did have ankle surgery on his left ankle in June 2015, but he’s been an iron man this year, starting every game to this point and averaging 12 points with 7.3 rebounds.
Hoiberg said he’s not sure if Gibson will need an MRI or if this injury is somehow related to the ankle surgery that cost Gibson several months in the 2015 offseason.
It seems Hoiberg will start off with Zipser and then use Mirotic and Bobby Portis as reserves against the Mavericks team that gave the Bulls a 25-point whipping in Dallas on Dec. 3, their second-worst loss of the year.
“Again, we hope to sit him tonight, have a couple days off to rest and get him back in the lineup in the next one,” Hoiberg said. “We felt it was best to hold him out tonight."