University of Missouri

Mizzou’s Michael Sam is two for two on All-America teams

Updated: 2013-12-13T20:23:45Z

The Kansas City Star

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is two for two on All-America teams.

A day after Sam was chosen a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Sporting News placed Sam on its team Friday. Those teams are two of five used by the NCAA to determine consensus All-Americans.

The other three are the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. Players who receive first-team honors on any three of those teams are awarded consensus All-America status.

Missouri has had four player achieve consensus All-America status under coach Gary Pinkel — tight end Martin Rucker and Jeremy Maclin, as all-purpose, in 2007; tight end Chase Coffman and Maclin as all-purpose and a kick returner in 2008; and tight end Michael Egnew in 2010.

On Monday, Sam was chosen Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. He was also the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year by the league’s coaches.

Sam led the SEC in sacks with 10 1/2 and tackles for loss with 18. MU also announced that Sam will receive his bachelor’s degree Saturday.

He was also chosen first-team All-America by USA Today, which put Kansas State safety Ty Zimmerman on its second team.

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