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ASN Fab Four makes FWAA's 75th All-American Team

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Four players from ASN-affiliated school joined an exclusive club on Thursday, making the Football Writers Association of America's list of the 75 best players in college football history.

Southern Miss punter Ray Guy, Penn center Chuck Bednarik, Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss and Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Willie Roaf were named to the FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America Team.

Guy, who also played defensive back and placekicker, was among 25 first-team selections by the FWAA, which was founded in 1941. He finished with a career punting average of 44.7 yards a kick — the highest average in NCAA history among punters with 200-249 attempts.

Bednarik and Moss were selected to the second team and Roaf  made the third team.

Bednarik, who died March 21 at 89, had flown 30 combat missions over Germany as a gunner before he entered Penn in 1945. He was a 60-minute man for the Quakers, excelling as both center and linebacker, as well as occasional punter. He was a three-time All-America and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Moss played two seasons at Marshall, including one at the FBS level in 1997 and enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history. In 13 games, he had 96 receptions for 1,820 yards and 26 touchdowns and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting — the highest by a Marshall player.

Roaf powered a rushing attack that led Louisiana Tech to an 8-3-1 record and  the 1990 Independence Bowl. He was a finalist in 1992 for the Outland Trophy, presented to the the best offensive lineman.

The FWAA's first All-America team in 1944 included Army's renowned running back tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Seven decades later, the 2014 team featured Heisman Trophy -winning quarterback Marcus Mariota of Oregon. None of them made the 75th anniversary team.

"This was one of the most fun, yet most difficult exercises I've in life — next to parallel parking," said Kirk Bohls of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, chairman of the FWAA 75th All-America Committee. "Let the debating begin."
 FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America Team



OFFENSE


POS
FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM
THIRD TEAM


QB
Roger Staubach, Navy
Tim Tebow, Florida
Tommie Frazier, Nebraska


RB
Archie Griffin, Ohio State
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh
Bo Jackson, Auburn


RB
Herschel Walker, Georgia
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
Doak Walker, SMU


WR
Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State
Anthony Carter, Michigan


WR
Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State
Randy Moss, Marshall
Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech


TE
Keith Jackson, Oklahoma
Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh
Gordon Hudson, BYU


OL
John Hannah, Alabama
Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh
Barrett Jones, Alabama


OL
Orlando Pace, Ohio State
John Hicks, Ohio State
Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech


OL
Will Shields, Nebraska
Calvin Jones, Iowa
Jerry Sisemore, Texas


OL
Ron Yary, Southern Cal
Jonathan Ogden, UCLA
Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska


C
Dave Rimington, Nebraska
Chuck Bednarik, Penn
Jim Ritcher, N.C. State


DEFENSE


POS
FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM
THIRD TEAM


DT
Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma
Merlin Olsen, Utah State
Steve Emtman, Washington


DT
Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Randy White, Maryland
Reggie White, Tennessee


DE
Leon Hart, Notre Dame
Hugh Green, Pittsburgh
Bubba Smith, Michigan State


DE
Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.)
Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech
Jack Youngblood, Florida


LB
Tommy Nobis, Texas
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
Jack Ham, Penn State


LB
Mike Singletary, Baylor
Dick Butkus, Illinois
Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama


LB
Derrick Thomas, Alabama
Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Chris Spielman, Ohio State


DB
Ronnie Lott, Southern Cal
Champ Bailey, Georgia
Dré Bly, North Carolina


DB
Deion Sanders, Florida State
Kenny Easley, UCLA
Dave Brown, Michigan


DB
Jack Tatum, Ohio State
Jerry Gray, Texas
Troy Polamalu, Southern Cal


DB
Charles Woodson, Michigan
Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.)
Roy Williams, Oklahoma


SPECIALISTS


POS
FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM
THIRD TEAM


P
Ray Guy, Southern Miss
Russell Erxleben, Texas
Rohn Stark, Florida State


K
Kevin Butler, Georgia
Mason Crosby, Colorado
Tony Franklin, Texas A&M


RS
Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska
Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame
Derek Abney, Kentucky



Above: Randy Moss with his youngest son and quarterback Tom Brady at New England Patriots camp on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of New England Patriots via Twitter)

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