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2012 AP All-America Team, List

2012 AP All-America Team, List

AP ALL-AMERICANS

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Quarterback - Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Texas A&M.

Running backs - Montee Ball, senior, 5-11, 215, Wisconsin; Ka'Deem Carey, sophomore, 5-10, 197, Arizona.

Tackles - Luke Joeckel, junior, 6-6, 310, Texas A&M; Taylor Lewan, junior, 6-8, 309, Michigan.

Guards - Chance Warmack, senior, 6-3, 320, Alabama; Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina.

Center - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 302, Alabama.

Tight end - Zach Ertz, senior, 6-6, 252, Stanford.

Receivers - Marqise Lee, sophomore, 6-0, 195, Southern California; Terrance Williams, senior, 6-2, 205, Baylor.

All-purpose player - Tavon Austin, senior, 5-9, 171, West Virginia.

Kicker - Cairo Santos, junior, 5-8, 160, Tulane.

Defense

Ends - Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, 6-6, 256, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State.

Tackles - Star Lotulelei, senior, 6-4, 320, Utah; Will Sutton, junior, 6-1, 267, Arizona State.

Linebackers - Manti Te'o, senior, 6-2, 255, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, junior, 6-3, 241, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, junior, 6-2, 232, Alabama.

Cornerbacks - Dee Milliner, junior, 6-1, 199, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, sophomore, 6-0, 172, Oregon State.

Safeties - Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State; Matt Elam, junior, 5-10, 202, Florida.

Punter - Ryan Allen, senior, 6-2, 215, Louisiana Tech.

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback - Collin Klein, senior, Kansas State.

Running backs - Kenjon Barner, senior, Oregon; Johnathan Franklin, senior, UCLA.

Tackles - D.J. Fluker, junior, Alabama; David Yankey, junior, Stanford.

Guards - Spencer Long, junior, Nebraska; Cyril Richardson, junior, Baylor.

Center - Dalton Freeman, senior, Clemson.

Tight end - Tyler Eifert, senior, Notre Dame.

Receivers - Stedman Bailey, junior, West Virginia; Quinton Patton, senior, Louisiana Tech.

All-purpose player - Jordan Lynch, junior, Northern Illinois.

Kicker - Dustin Hopkins, senior, Florida State.

DEFENSE

Ends - Damontre Moore, junior, Texas A&M; Stephon Tuitt, sophomore, Notre Dame.

Tackles - Johnathan Hankins, junior, Ohio State; Kawann Short, senior, Purdue.

Linebackers - Kevin Minter, junior, LSU; Anthony Barr, junior, UCLA; Arthur Brown, senior, Kansas State.

Cornerbacks - Johnthan Banks, senior, Mississippi State; Bradley Roby, sophomore, Ohio State.

Safeties - Eric Reid, junior, LSU; Tony Jefferson, junior, Oklahoma.

Punter - Riley Stephenson, senior, BYU.

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback - AJ McCarron, junior, Alabama.

Running backs - Stefphon Jefferson, junior, Nevada; Giovani Bernard, sophomore, North Carolina.

Tackles - Jake Matthews, junior, Texas A&M; Eric Fisher, senior, Central Michigan.

Guards - Larry Warford, senior, Kentucky; Xavier Su'a-Filo, sophomore, UCLA.

Center - Braxston Cave, senior, Notre Dame.

Tight end - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, sophomore, Washington.

Receivers - DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson; Cobi Hamilton, senior, Arkansas.

All-purpose player - Dri Archer, junior, Kent State.

Kicker - Caleb Sturgis, senior, Florida.

Ends - John Simon, senior, Ohio State; Sam Montgomery, junior, LSU.

Tackles - Shariff Floyd, junior, Florida; Chris Jones, senior, Bowling Green.

Linebackers - Khaseem Greene, senior, Rutgers; Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Kyle Van Noy, junior, BYU.

Cornerbacks - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, sophomore, Oregon; Jason Verrett, junior, TCU.

Safeties - Ed Reynolds, junior, Stanford; Ty Zimmerman, junior, Kansas State.

Punter - Kyle Christy, sophomore, Florida.

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AP All-America team voters

Greg Auman, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times; Doug Doughty, The Roanoke (Va.) Times; Seth Emerson, The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and Columbus Ledger Enquirer; Erik Gee, KNML-AM, New Mexico; Garland Gillen, WWL-TV Channel 4, New Orleans; Anthony Gimino, TucsonCitizen.com; Eric Hansen, The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune; Rob Long, CBS Radio 105.7, Baltimore; Austin Meek, The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal; Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera, Boulder Colo.; Keith Sargeant, Home News Tribune, New Jersey; Mitch Vingle, The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette; Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network.

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Real marquee matchup: Bradley Beal, Wizards need to contain Pascal Siakam, Raptors' three-point shooting

Real marquee matchup: Bradley Beal, Wizards need to contain Pascal Siakam, Raptors' three-point shooting

The two main, overarching reasons why the Toronto Raptors have remained as good as they are even after losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency are their defense and their three-point shooting. The continued development of Pascal Siakam into a budding star has received most of the acclaim, but as a collective, those two areas are what make the Raptors tick.

Toronto is second in the NBA in defensive rating (104.5) and fifth in points allowed (105.6). They also give up the second-lowest field goal percentage (42.6) in the league.

The three-point line, though, is where the focus should be on Friday night as the Wizards battle the Raptors in Toronto (7 pm on NBC Sports Washington) for the second time this season. Because in the Wizards, the Raptors will aim to take advantage of a team that struggles defending the perimeter. Washington is 23rd among NBA teams in opponent three-point percentage (36.5) and 19th in threes allowed (12.1). 

The Wizards will have their hands full with a multitude of Raptors shooters. Siakam knocks down 39.1 percent of his threes on 6.2 attempts per game. Norman Powell is a 40.8 percent three-point shooter, averaging 4.9 attempts.

OG Anunoby shoots 38.1 percent on 3.8 attempts per game. Kyle Lowry attempts 8.9 threes per game and makes 35.3 percent. Fred VanVleet hits 37.2 percent on 6.9 attempts. VanVleet, though, is questionable for the game with a hamstring injury.

Those are five players who are dangerous from three and that's not the end of the list. They also have Marc Gasol making 37 percent of his 3.3 attempts per game. Terence Davis shoots 38.6 percent and Serge Ibaka hits on 37.3 percent. There's also Matt Thomas, who has made 46.5 percent of his threes, albeit in a small sample size.

The Raptors can legitimately form a full rotation of players who make threes. It gives them options for multiple lineups where everyone on the floor can shoot.

The onus will be on the Wizards' guards like Isaiah Thomas, Ish Smith, Bradley Beal and Jordan McRae, but also some of their bigs. Ian Mahinmi and Thomas Bryant may have to trail Gasol and Ibaka to the perimeter. Few teams can create space with matchup problems quite like Toronto can.

The first meeting between these teams resulted in a Wizards loss, back on Dec. 20. And in that game, the Wizards were able to hold the Raptors under their season average in terms of attempts. They took 30 threes when they average 36 per game.

But the Raptors shot 40 percent on those attempts, going 12-for-30. They spread it around in that game, too, with seven different players making at least one.

Three-point defense is always important in today's NBA, but even more than usual against the Raptors. It isn't a strength for the Wizards, but they will have to overcome that to pull out a victory.

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

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Wait, what? Report says Bill Belichick 'inquired' about coaching the Redskins

Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. He's won six Super Bowl titles and made the playoffs every year in the last decade. Other coaches were great - Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs among a few - but nobody is Belichick. 

That's what makes a recent report out of Boston so near impossible to believe. 

Belichick checked in on coaching in Washington? The Redskins? 

Those are valid points, I guess. Belichick spent much of his young life in Annapolis and has great affinity for that area. He's talked about that openly. 

The timeline also makes some sense. Many reports out of New England in 2017 showed a power struggle between Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft about what to do with legendary quarterback Tom Brady as then backup Patriots QB Jimmy Garropolo got closer to free agency. New England wouldn't be able to keep both, and there has been speculation that Belichick wanted to keep the younger passer. 

Eventually, Garropolo got traded to the 49ers, for a surprisingly low return, and New England went to two more Super Bowls, winning last year. 

This year, however, marked the first real time the Patriots looked mortal. Brady's completion percentage dipped to 60.8 percent, his lowest since 2013, and he threw fewer passing yards than any 16-game season since 2010. Now, Brady is a free agent and for the first time ever the possibility of playing somewhere else seems real, even if only somewhat realistic.

Still, Belichick coaching the Redskins seems like the longest of shots. Checking on a job - looking at financial considerations or asking about parameters - and actually taking a job can be two very different things. 

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