Congrats are in order for Golden Tate, who was just named to the AFCA All-America Team. He's the first ND player to make the list since Shane Walton and the first offensive player since Aaron Taylor back in 1993. The last wide receiver to make the list was Rocket back in 1990.
Tate is also the only junior to make the offensive team. If Tate returns for his senior year, he could become only the 5th player in Notre Dame history to make the AFCA All-America 1st Team twice. Quick quiz: name the other four. (hint. Tate would be the first receiver to do so)
Here's the AFCA press release and list of the players who made the team.
With the rest of the All-America lists coming out in the next week or so, Tate is probably a good bet to lock up Consensus All-America honors, joining Jeff Samardzija.
2009 AFCA Coaches’ All-America TeamOffense
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School WR Golden Tate 5-11 195 Jr. Notre Dame WR Mardy Gilyard 6-1 187 Sr. Cincinnati TE Dennis Pitta 6-5 247 Sr. BYU OL Mike Johnson 6-6 305 Sr. Alabama OL Russell Okung 6-5 300 Sr. Oklahoma St. C Chris Hall 6-4 295 Sr. Texas OL Trent Williams 6-5 315 Sr. Oklahoma OL Mike Iupati 6-6 330 Sr. Idaho QB Colt McCoy 6-2 210 Sr. Texas RB Mark Ingram 5-10 215 So. Alabama RB Toby Gerhart 6-1 235 Sr. Stanford
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School DL Ndamukong Suh 6-4 300 Sr. Nebraska DL Jerry Hughes 6-3 257 Sr. TCU DL Jared Odrick 6-5 296 Sr. Penn St. DL Derrick Morgan 6-4 272 Jr. Georgia Tech DL Brian Price 6-2 300 Jr. UCLA LB Rolando McClain 6-4 258 Jr. Alabama LB Greg Jones 6-1 228 Jr. Michigan St. DB Eric Berry* 5-11 195 Jr. Tennessee DB Joe Haden 5-11 190 Jr. Florida DB Javier Arenas 5-9 198 Sr. Alabama DB Earl Thomas 5-10 197 So. Texas
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School P Drew Butler 6-2 203 So. Georgia PK Kai Forbath 6-0 192 Jr. UCLA AP C.J. Spiller 5-11 195 Sr. Clemson
Meanwhile, Clausen was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award. As the Manning Award prides itself on being the only quarterback award that takes a candidate's bowl performance into account, it's probably a safe guess that Clausen won't win this one. Still he should be in contention for some of the other quarterback awards as well as possible inclusion on a few All-America teams.