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    Damien Anderson Named All-America by The Sporting News



    Nov. 30, 2000

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern junior running back Damien Anderson (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was named first team All-American by The Sporting News. The announcement was made today.

    The Sporting News All-American Teams are voted on by the publication's editorial staff.

    This is the fourth All-America honor for Anderson. Previously, he was named All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, Football News Magazine, and the Walter Camp Foundation.

    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.

    The Sporting News also named Wildcat wide receiver Kunle Patrick (Brooklyn, N.Y./Poly Prep CD) a Third Team Freshman All-American. Patrick finished the 2000 season with 32 catches and 363 receiving yards, good for third on the team in both categories. He also had one touchdown.


    QB - Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
    RB - LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU
    TE - Brian Natkin, Texas El-Paso
    WR - Freddie Mitchell, UCLA
    WR - Marvin Minnis, Florida State
    C - Ben Hamilton, Minnesota
    OG - Russ Hochstein, Nebraska
    OG - Steve Hutchinson, Michigan
    OT - Leonard Davis, Texas
    OT - Chad Ward, Washington
    K - Jonathon Ruffin, Cincinnati
    KR - Santana Moss, Miami (Fla.)

    DE - Jamal Reynolds, Florida State
    DL - John Henderson, Tennessee
    DL - Casey Hampton, Texas
    DE - Andre Carter, California
    LB - Keith Adams, Clemson
    LB - Dan Morgan, Miami (Fla.)
    LB - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
    CB - Tay Cody, Florida State
    CB - Fred Smoot, Mississippi State
    SS - Mike Doss, Ohio State
    FS - J.T. Thatcher, Oklahoma
    P - Brian Morton, Duke