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Briggs, Farmer Earn Football News Preseason Accolades
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: July 09, 2002
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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

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