July 10, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Four University of Arizona football players were named preseason honorable mention All-America by Street & Smith's College Football 2001, it was announced in the annual preseason publication. Lance Briggs, Michael Jolivette, Keoni Fraser and Sean Keel were each recognized.
Briggs, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound junior linebacker from 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 was a first team all-Pac-10 selection last season.
Jolivette, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound sophomore cornerback from Houston, Texas, returns after a freshman campaign that saw him tally 42 tackles and five interceptions (19th nationally). Jolivette earned second team all-Pac-10 honors and freshman All-America accolades for his efforts as a wide-side corner
Fraser, a 6-foot-1, 282-pound senior defensive tackle from Kailua, Hawaii, promises to be one of the anchors of the Wildcat defense after registering 11 starts last season. Fraser totaled 24 tackles in 2000, including 10 tackles for loss, and recovered five fumbles. Always around the ball, Fraser broke up four passes and added an interception.
Keel, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior placekicker from Littleton, Colo., ranked third in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally with 1.18 field goals per game last season. He connected on 13-of-17 field goal attempts (.765) and 25-of-26 PATs (.962) during the 2000 campaign. Keel made nine of 10 field goals inside of 40 yards and 4-of-5 on attempts of 40-49 yards last season.
Led by new head coach John Mackovic, 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.