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Lance Briggs Named Preseason All-America
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 07/12/2001
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July 12, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona junior linebacker Lance Briggs was named a second team preseason All-America by Football News, the publication announced Thursday.

Briggs, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound native of Sacramento, Calif., enters the 2001 season as the Pacific-10 Conference's leading returning tackler. In his first year as a member of the defense, Briggs totaled 113 stops, including seven games with double-figure tackles. He ranked second on the squad with 11 tackles for loss and seven pass break-ups, while also collecting two interceptions. Briggs was a first team all-Pac-10 selection last season.

He is one of seven Pac-10 players to receive a first or second team designation.

Led by new head coach John Mackovic, Briggs and the Wildcats open the 2001 season on Thursday, Aug. 30, at San Diego State. The game will be televised by ESPN2 and is scheduled to kick-off at 7:05 p.m. PDT.

2001 Football News Preseason All-America Teams
First Team
Offense

QB - Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson
RB - Ken Simonton, Oregon State
RB - Damien Anderson, Northwestern
WR - Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh
WR - Jabar Gaffney, Florida
TE - Jerramy Stevens, Washington
OL - Bryant McKinnie, Miami (Fla.)
OL - Chris Gibson, Oregon State
OL - Terrence Metcalf, Mississippi
OL - Seth McKinney, Texas A&M
OL - Kendall Simmons, Auburn
PK - Alex Walls, Tennessee

Defense
DL - Julius Peppers, North Carolina
DL - John Henderson, Tennessee
DL - Larry Tripplett, Washington
DL - Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin
LB - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
LB - Levar Fisher, North Carolina State
LB - Mario Haggan, Mississippi State
DB - Edward Reed, Miami (Fla.)
DB - Rashad Bauman, Oregon
DB - Roy Williams, Oklahoma
DB - Quentin Jammer, Texas
P - Preston Gruening, Minnesota

Second Team
Offense

QB - Ken Dorsey, Miami (Fla.)
RB - T.J. Duckett, Michigan State
RB - Lee Suggs, Virginia Tech
WR - Kelly Campbell, Georgia Tech
WR - Ron Johnson, Minnesota
TE - Tracey Wistrom, Nebraska
OL - Kyle Young, Clemson
OL - Frank Romero, Oklahoma
OL - Brett Williams, Florida State
OL - Scott Peters, Arizona State
OL - LeCharles Bentley, Ohio State
PK - Jeff Chandler, Florida

Defense
DL - Dwight Freeney, Syracuse
DL - Alex Brown, Florida
DL - Bryan Knight, Pittsburgh
DL - Greg Gathers, Georgia Tech
LB - Lance Briggs, Arizona
LB - Joe Cooper, Ohio State
LB - Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina
DB - Lito Sheppard, Florida
DB - Sammy Davis, Texas A&M
DB - Chris Hope, Florida State
DB - Pig Prather, Mississippi State
P - Brooks Barnard, Maryland

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