Nov. 24, 2000
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern junior running back Damien Anderson (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was named a Walter Camp All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation in New Haven, Conn. The announcement was made Thanksgiving Day.
The Walter Camp All-America Team is voted on by the members of the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Anderson is the first Wildcat named to the Walter Camp All-America Team since Pat Fitzgerald earned a spot as a linebacker in 1996. Placekicker Sam Valenzisi was a Walter Camp All-American in 1995.
This is the third All-America honor for Anderson this week. Previously, he was named All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and by Football News Magazine.
Anderson, who helped lead the Wildcats to a share of the Big Ten title and a spot in the SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, set several school records this season. Prominent among them were the single-season records for rushing yards (1,914) and touchdowns (22). He finished second nationally in rushing with 174.0 yards per game, and shattered Lorenzo White's Big Ten records for rushing yards (1,549) and rushing average (193.6) in conference games. Most amazingly, Anderson set the conference marks with 54 fewer carries than White needed in 1985. Overall this season, Anderson averaged a staggering 6.5 yards per carry in 2000. Perhaps most amazingly, Anderson did not fumble during the entire season, covering 293 rushing attempts.
Anderson had four games over the 200-yard mark, a school record, including a 292-yard day against Indiana that was the third-best rushing day in school history and a 268-yard day against Michigan that was the best individual rushing performance ever against a Wolverine defense by 67 yards. He also had four-touchdown games against Indiana and Illinois, tying a single-game mark in the process.
With one full season still to play, Anderson has 3,579 yards rushing which leaves him 214 yards shy of Darnell Autry's all-time school rushing record.
Anderson is the first All-American at Northwestern since linebacker Pat Fitzgerald earned the honor in 1996.
THE 2000 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA TEAM
QB - Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
RB - DAMIEN ANDERSON, NORTHWESTERN
RB - LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU
TE - Brian Natkin, Texas El-Paso
WR - Freddie Mitchell, UCLA
WR - Santana Moss, Miami (Fla.)
C - Dominic Raiola, Nebraska
OL - Tarlos Thomas, Florida State
OL - Steve Hutchinson, Michigan
OL - Leonard Davis, Texas
OL - Ben Hamilton, Minnesota
K - Jonathon Ruffin, Cincinnati
DL - Jamal Reynolds, Florida State
DL - Andre Carter, California
DL - Richard Seymour, Georgia
DL - Casey Hampton, Texas
LB - Keith Adams, Clemson
LB - Dan Morgan, Miami (Fla.)
LB - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
DB - Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin
DB - Dwight Smith, Akron
DB - Fred Smoot, Mississippi State
DB - Anthony Floyd, Louisville
P - Nick Harris, California