Cason Named AP All-American

Ellen Moss
Dec. 13, 2007

Arizona senior Antoine Cason, the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award winner, added another accolade to his college career Tuesday with his selection as a first-team All-American by The Associated Press.

Cason also has earned first-team All-America recognition from Walter Camp, The Sporting News,, and, and has received All-Pac-10 accolades this postseason.

Cason and safeties Craig Steltz of Louisiana State University and Jamie Silva of Boston College were consensus selections in the defensive secondary, and cornerback Aqib Talib of Kansas also was a unanimous selection.

Cason’s AP All-America honors are the first for an Arizona player since Dennis Northcutt was recognized as a kick return specialist by the news cooperative after the 1999 season. Northcutt was a consensus kick return All-American and chosen as a first-team All-American wide receiver by the American Football Coaches Association.

Cason is one of three players from the Pacific-10 Conference named to the first team, joining University of Southern California defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and Arizona State University place kicker Thomas Webber.

The Big 12 had eight players selected to the first team, leading all conferences. The Big Ten and Southeastern Conference were second with four All-Americans each.