July 9, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - A pair of University of Arizona football players were recognized by Football News, as the publication named Lance Briggs and Clarence Farmer to its preseason All-America teams.
Briggs, a 6-foot-2, 243-pound senior from Sacramento, Calif., was a first-team selection at linebacker. He tallied a tam-leading 93 tackles (59 solo) last season in earning first team all-Pacific-10 Conference honors for the second straight season. Briggs was Arizona's Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2001. He has 206 tackles in 22 career games at linebacker, an average of 9.4 stops per game, and has 25 tackles for loss. Briggs has been included on the 2002 Lombardi and Butkus Award watch lists. He is one of four Pac-10 players to appear on the first team.
Farmer, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound junior from Houston, Texas, was named to the third team as a running back. He was the Pac-10's rushing leader with 1,229 yards gained, which ranked 21st nationally, and averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 2001. Farmer tallied 10 touchdowns in 11 games last season and his 111.7 yards per game average was second-best in the conference. Farmer has nine career 100-yard games to his credit, including six in 2001. He was named team MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2001.
Both players were also included on Football News' preseason all-Pac-10 team.
Arizona opens the 2002 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Northern Arizona. Kick-off in Arizona Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. PDT.
Football News 2002 Preseason All-America Team
First Team Offense First Team Defense QB Rex Grossman, Jr., Florida DL William Joseph, Sr., Miami (Fla.) RB Anthony Davis, So., Wisconsin DL Dewayne White, Jr., Louisville RB Bruce Perry, Jr., Maryland DL Cory Redding, Sr., Texas WR Charles Rogers, Jr., Michigan State DL Tommie Harris, So., Oklahoma WR Roy Williams, Jr., Texas LB E.J. Henderson, Sr., Maryland TE Trent Smith, Sr., Oklahoma LB Lance Briggs, Sr., Arizona OL Brett Romberg, Sr., Miami (Fla.) LB Jarrod Penright, Sr., Texas A&M OL Brett Williams, Sr., Florida State DB Mike Doss, Sr., Ohio State OL Derrick Roche, Sr., Washington State DB Troy Polamalu, Sr., USC OL Tony Pashos, Sr., Illinois DB Eugene Wilson, Sr., Illinois OL Jon Stinchcomb, Sr., Georgia DB Ricky Manning Jr., Sr., UCLA PK Seth Marler, Sr., Tulane P Andy Groom, Sr., Ohio State
Third Team Offense Third Team Defense QB Ken Dorsey, Sr., Miami (Fla.) DL Jerome McDougle, Sr., Miami (Fla.) RB Chance Kretschmer, So., Nevada DL Jimmy Wilkerson, Jr., Oklahoma RB Clarence Farmer, Jr., Arizona DL Dan Klecko, Sr., Temple WR Darius Watts, Jr., Marshall DL Darnell Dockett, Jr., Florida State WR Kevin Curtis, Sr., Utah State LB Rod Davis, Jr., Southern Miss TE Dallas Clark, Jr., Iowa LB Victor Hobson, Sr., Michigan OL Todd Wike, Sr., Maryland LB Dontarious Thomas, Jr., Auburn OL Dan Koppen, Sr., Boston College DB Terrence Holt, Sr., North Carolina State OL Jeff Faine, Sr., Notre Dame DB Anthony Floyd, Sr., Louisville OL Brian Rimpf, Jr., East Carolina DB Dennis Weathersby, Sr., Oregon State OL Enoch DeMar, Sr., Indiana DB Derrick Strait, Jr., Oklahoma PK Jarvis Wallum, Sr., Wyoming P Brooks Barnard, Sr., Maryland
Preseason All-Pac-10 Offense Preseason All-Pac-10 Defense QB Jason Gesser, Sr., Washington State DL Rodney Leslie, Jr., UCLA RB Onterrio Smith, Jr., Oregon DL Terrell Suggs, Jr., Arizona State RB Clarence Farmer, Jr., Arizona DL Eric Manning, Sr., Oregon State WR Reggie Williams, So., Washington DL Rien Long, Jr., Washington State WR Shaun McDonald, Jr., Arizona State LB Lance Briggs, Sr., Arizona TE Mike Seidman, Sr., UCLA LB Ben Mahdavi, Sr., Washington OL Greg Schindler, Sr., Stanford LB Richard Siegler, Jr., Oregon State OL Derrick Roche, Sr., Washington State DB Keith Lewis, Jr., Oregon OL Mike Saffer, Sr., UCLA DB Ricky Manning Jr., Sr., UCLA OL Kwame Harris, Jr., Stanford DB Dennis Weathersby, Sr., Oregon State OL Joey Forster, Jr., Oregon DB Troy Polamalu, Sr., USC PK Drew Dunning, Jr., Washington State P Nate Fikse, Sr., UCLA