Henery, Amukamara Named AP all-Americans
Nebraska seniors Prince Amukamara and Alex Henery were honored on Tuesday as first-team Associated Press All-Americans. Husker Blackshirts Lavonte David and Eric Hagg were second- and third-team selections, respectively.
The first-team selection for Amukamara continues an impressive postseason award list for the senior cornerback. Amukamara has been a unanimous first-team selection by the four major selectors recognized by the NCAA who have released their teams—Associated Press, AFCA, Walter Camp and FWAA. Amukamara ranks among the national leaders with 13 pass breakups this season and his play anchored a Nebraska secondary that ranks fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Henery’s first-team recognition from the Associated Press is his first honor from one of the major selectors. The place-kicker becomes Nebraska’s 109th all-time first-team All-America selection and the 95th different player to earn that accolade, including 14 two-time All-Americans. The Omaha native has connected on 18-of-19 field goals this season and is perfect on extra-point attempts. He has become Nebraska’s all-time leading scorer with 396 career points, and in the Holiday Bowl Henery can become just the 12th player in NCAA history to record 400 career points.
Nebraska was one of five players with two first-team AP All-America selections, and the first-team All-America honors for Amukamara and Henery marks the first time NU has had a pair of first-team picks since 2003. In that season, punter Kyle Larson and safety Josh Bullocks were first-team honorees.
Amukamara and Henery were also named to the SI.com first-team All-America listing on Tuesday. While Amukamara has been a unanimous first-team pick, Henery was also a first-team selection by Rivals.com and CBSSports.com.
David was a second-team All-America pick by both Associated Press and SI.com on Tuesday. The junior has recorded 145 tackles this season and is just five tackles from establishing a Nebraska season record for tackles. The 6-1, 215-pound David was a first-team All-America pick by both CBS Sports.com and Rivals.com last week.
Hagg has been a key member of the Nebraska secondary for the past three seasons and excelled during his senior campaign. He has a team-leading five interceptions from his nickel spot and also has made 46 tackles. In addition to his third-team All-America selection by AP, Hagg was a second-team pick by Rivals.com and an honorable-mention choice by SI.com.
Junior defensive tackle Jared Crick was also tabbed a second-team All-American by SI.com on Tuesday. Crick leads the team with 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Last week he was a first-team choice by Rivals.com and a second-team honoree by CBS Sports.com.
Also on Tuesday, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez was named to Rivals.com’s freshman All-America squad. Martinez has rushed for 942 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and pass for more than 1,500 yards and nine touchdowns. He has already set Nebraska freshman records for passing yards and total offense.