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Missouri’s Kentrell Brothers selected AP second-team All-America

BYU’s Remington Peck was brought down by Missouri Tigers linebacker Kentrell Brothers during a game in November.
BYU’s Remington Peck was brought down by Missouri Tigers linebacker Kentrell Brothers during a game in November. skeyser@kcstar.com

Missouri senior linebacker Kentrell Brothers was chosen as a second-team All-American on Sunday by the Associated Press.

He also landed on the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-America second team Thursday night, ending any chance for unanimous honors.

Brothers can still be a consensus All-American if he’s chosen to the first team by each of the remaining outlets the NCAA sanctions for that honor — the Football Writers Association of America (Dec. 14), The Sporting News (Dec. 15) and the American Football Coaches Association (Dec. 16).

Earlier in the week, Brothers was a first-team All-SEC pick in voting by the conference’s coaches.

Brothers’ name popped up on All-America lists as a first-team selection by CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated, but neither of those is officially used by the NCAA to determine unanimous and consensus All-American honors.

Brothers was joined on the first team on both CBS Sports’ and Sports Illustrated’s lists by Notre Dame junior Jaylon Smith and Alabama senior Reggie Ragland.

Smith and Ragland also selected to the Walter Camp first team along with Temple’s Tyler Matakevich.

That same trio was selected ahead of Brothers on the Associated Press’ list.

The five official All-America lists sanctioned by the NCAA are set for release within the week:

Walter Camp Football Foundation

The Associated Press

Football Writers Association of America (Monday)

The Sporting News (Tuesday)

American Football Coaches Association (Wednesday)

The NCAA will formally announce the consensus All-America team on Thursday.

Brothers leads the nation with 152 tackles, which ranks fourth in a season in Missouri history. Pro Football Focus dubbed Brothers as the nation’s “Most Dominant Tackler” when doling out its superlatives.

According to Pro Football Focus, Brothers actually graded out better than Ragland*, who was chosen as the SEC defensive player of the year.

* It’s worth noting here that sophomore defensive end Charles Harris was a second-team All-SEC pick by Pro Football Focus and Olathe South graduate Braden Smith, now a guard at Auburn, was a first-team selection.

Brothers finished with 39 more tackles than any other players in the SEC and 12 more than any player in the nation.

Brothers recorded double-digit tackles in 11 of 12 games, including a career-high 17 on Oct. 17 at Georgia. He also finished with 12 tackles for a loss, 2  1/2 sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, three blocked kicks, a quarterback hurry and three pass breakups.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

MISSOURI POSTSEASON HONORS

Dec. 8

All-SEC (coaches)

First team — LB Kentrell Brothers

Second team — DE Charles Harris

Dec. 9

CBS All-America Team

First team — LB Kentrell Brothers

Pro Football Focus All-SEC

First team — LB Kentrell Brothers

Second team — DE Charles Harris

Dec. 10

Sports Illustrated All-America

First team — LB Kentrell Brothers

SEC All-Freshman Team

First team — DT Terry Beckner Jr., DE Walter Brady and P Corey Fatony

USA Today Freshman All-America

First team — DT Terry Beckner Jr., DE Walter Brady and P Corey Fatony

Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America

Second team — LB Kentrell Brothers

Dec. 13

Associated Press All-America

Second team — LB Kentrell Brothers

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