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    Damien Anderson Named All-America by CNN/SI

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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Dec. 5, 2000

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

    This is the fifth All-America honor for Anderson, who is also one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back. Previously, he was named All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, Football News Magazine, the Walter Camp Foundation, and The Sporting News.

    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 2000 CNN/SI ALL-AMERICA TEAM

    OFFENSE
    QB - Chris Weinke, Florida State
    RB - DAMIEN ANDERSON, NORTHWESTERN
    RB - LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU
    TE - Todd Heap, Arizona State
    WR - David Terrell, Michigan
    WR - Marvin Minnis, Florida State
    OL - Dominic Raiola, Nebraska
    OL - Bryant McKinnie, Miami (Fla.)
    OL - Steve Hutchinson, Michigan
    OL - Chris Brown, Georgia Tech
    OL - Chad Ward, Washington

    DEFENSE
    DE - Jamal Reynolds, Florida State
    DL - John Henderson, Tennessee
    DL - Julius Peppers, North Carolina
    DL - Andre Carter, California
    LB - Keith Adams, Clemson
    LB - Dan Morgan, Miami (Fla.)
    LB - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
    CB - Lito Sheppard, Florida
    CB - Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin
    S - Hakim Akbar, Washington
    S - Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.)

    SPECIALISTS
    KR - Julius Jones, Notre Dame
    PR - Andre Davis, Virginia Tech
    Athlete - Santana Moss, Miami (Fla.)
    K - Jonathon Ruffin, Cincinnati
    P - Kevin Stemke, Wisconsin

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Chris Weinke, Florida State

    COACH OF THE YEAR
    Dennis Erickson, Oregon State