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    Damien Anderson Named Walter Camp All-American



    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.


    QB - Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
    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