DALLAS --- For the first time in program history, four Texas A&M football players were named first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America on Friday.
Making history were quarterback Johnny Manziel (Kerrville, Texas), offensive linemen Luke Joeckel (Arlington, Texas) and Jake Matthews (Missouri City, Texas) and defensive lineman Damontre Moore (Rowlett, Texas).
Since the FWAA’s inaugural All-America team in 1944, Texas A&M has had multiple selections on the squad just three times previously with back John David Crow and tackle Charlie Krueger making the 1957 team, linebacker Robert Jackson and placekicker Tony Franklin in 1976 and linebacker Marcus Buckley and defensive back Patrick Bates in 1992.
The Aggies had a strong debut season in the rugged Southeastern Conference with a 10-2 overall record, including a 6-2 record in SEC games. The Aggies tied for second in the Western Division and will play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
2012 FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 6-1 200 Fr. Kerrville, Texas
RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon 5-11 192 Sr. Riverside, Calif.
RB Jonathan Franklin, UCLA 5-11 195 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia 5-10 195 Jr. Miami, Fla.
WR Marqise Lee, USC 6-0 195 So. Inglewood, Calif.
WR Terrance Williams, Baylor 6-2 205 Sr. Dallas, Texas
OL Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina 6-3 295 Sr. Wilmington, N.C.
OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M 6-6 310 Jr. Arlington, Texas
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M 6-5 305 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
OL Chance Warmack, Alabama 6-3 320 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
C Barrett Jones, Alabama 6-5 302 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.
DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina 6-6 256 So. Rock Hill, S.C.
DL Chris Jones, Bowling Green 6-1 293 Sr. Brownsburg, Ind.
DL Damontre Moore, Texas A&M 6-4 250 Jr. Rowlett, Texas
DL Bjoern Werner, Florida State 6-4 255 Jr. Berlin, Germany
LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State 6-1 231 Sr. Wichita, Kan.
LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 6-2 255 Sr. Laie, Hawaii
LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia 6-3 241 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
DB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
DB Dee Milliner, Alabama 6-1 199 Jr. Millbrook, Ala.
DB Eric Reid, LSU 6-2 212 Jr. Geismar, La.
DB Phillip Thomas, Fresno State 6-1 215 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif.
K Cairo Santos, Tulane 5-8 160 Jr. St. Augustine, Fla.
P Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 6-2 215 Sr. Salem, Ore.
KR Dri Archer, Kent State 5-8 175 Jr. Laurel, Fla.
PR Venric Mark, Northwestern 5-8 175 Jr. Tomball, Texas