The first of five All-American lists officially recognized by the NCAA was released Thursday evening, and Missouri junior defensive end Shane Ray found himself on the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s first team.
Ray, a Kansas City native and Bishop Miege graduate, is the 34th All-American player in Tigers history and the eighth during coach Gary Pinkel’s 14 seasons.
Ray, who was chosen as the SEC defensive player of the year by The Associated Press and the conference’s coaches, is the first MU player since Justin Smith in 2000 to win All-America status as a junior.
During his first season as a starter, Ray set a Missouri single-season record with 14 sacks, which is the third most in the nation.
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He led the SEC in sacks and tackles for a loss (21), the sixth most in the nation.
Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett was a second-team All-American at wide receiver and kick returner.
First-team All-Americans under Gary Pinkel
Year Pos. Player
2007 AP* Jeremy Maclin, TE Martin Rucker
2008 TE Chase Coffman, AP* Jeremy Maclin
2009 WR Danario Alexander, K Grant Ressel
2010 TE Michael Egnew
2013 DE Michael Sam
2014 DE Shane Ray
* indicates all-purpose selection