Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of Brigham Young and runner-up Raghib "Rocket" Ismail of Notre Dame were named to The Associated Press 1990 All-America college football team today.
Detmer set or tied 34 NCAA records this year, including most passing yards in a season (5,188) and touchdown passes in a career . The junior quarterback already is second on the career passing yardage list with 11,000, just 425 behind San Diego State's Todd Santos.While Detmer drew raves for his passing, Ismail amazed fans and foes with his speed and versatility. The Rocket gained 157 all-purpose yards per game and scored six touchdowns as a runner, receiver and kick returner.
Ismail and Detmer are joined by three other juniors - Virginia wide receiver Herman Moore, Auburn offensive guard Ed King and Georgia Tech defensive back Ken Swilling. Everyone else is a senior.
Only four players are repeaters from last year's first unit - Ismail, Colorado offensive guard Joe Garten, Notre Dame defensive linemen Chris Zorich and Michigan defensive back Tripp Welborne. Notre Dame linebacker Michael Stonebreaker, who made the first team in 1988, is back after missing last season because of disciplinary problems.
Rounding out the offense are running backs Eric Bieniemy of Colorado and Darren Lewis of Texas A&M, wide
receiver Lawrence Dawsey of Florida State, tight end Chris Smith of BYU, center John Flannery of Syracuse, offensive tackles Antone Davis of Tennessee and Stacy Long of Clemson, and placekicker Philip Doyle of Alabama.
The defense includes Colorado linebacker Alfred Williams, winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, and Miami's Russell Maryland, a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as the best lineman in the country.
Joining Maryland on the defensive line are Florida's Huey Richardson and Nebraska's Kenny Walker, the first deaf player to make the AP team. The defense also features Miami linebacker Maurice Crum and backs Darryl Lewis of Arizona and Stanley Richard of Texas.
Cris Shale of Bowling Green is the punter.
Top-ranked Colorado and No. 5 Notre Dame each have three players on the team. Fourth-ranked Miami and No. 13 BYU are next with two players apiece.
Bieniemy and Lewis finished 2-3 in the nation in rushing. Bieniemy gained 148 yards per game, scored 17 touchdowns and became Colorado's all-time leader in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards. Lewis averaged 141 yards per game and became only the fifth player in NCAA history to rush for more than 5,000 career yards.
Herman Moore teamed with Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore to form a deadly duo. Herman caught 54 passes for 1,190 yards and 13 touchdowns, and set an NCAA record with at least one TD reception in nine straight games.
Dawsey had 65 receptions for 999 yards and seven scores, including a 13-catch performance against Miami, while Smith set a single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,156.
Syracuse coach Dick MacPherson calls Flannery "the most complete lineman we have ever had. He has every tool for greatness - strength, speed, size and intelligence."Garten anchored the offensive line for the country's sixth-best rushing team. A starter in 30 straight games, he allowed only one quarterback sack and was called for only one penalty this season.
King, an All-Southeastern Conference pick as a sophomore and junior, was a dominant force on Auburn's offensive line. Davis was a major factor in Tennessee's explosive offense and Long was one of the keys to Clemson's powerful rushing game.
Doyle was the nation's top placekicker, making 24 of 29 field-goal attempts and converting all 25 of his extra-point tries. His three field goals provided the winning margin in Alabama's 16-7 victory over Auburn last Saturday and made him the SEC's all-time leader in field goals with 78.
Maryland and Crum formed the heart of a stingy Miami defense that held opponents to 80 rushing yards per game. Crum led the team in tackles for the third straight year, while Maryland had 101/2 sacks.
Although Notre Dame had defensive problems this season, they weren't caused by Zorich or Stonebreaker. Despite constant double-teaming, Zorich had 58 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery. Stonebreaker led the Irish with 95 tackles, made key fourth-quarter interceptions in close wins over Michigan and Michigan State and had a fumble recovery that helped preserve a victory over Miami.
Richardson was the leader of a Florida unit that was fifth in total defense, while Walker overcame his handicap to become the best lineman in the Big Eight.
Williams is Colorado's all-time sack leader with 35, including 121/2 this season. "Alfred causes more problems for opposing teams than any other linebacker in the country," Colorado coach Bill McCartney says.
Swilling was the top defender for the only major unbeaten team. He led Georgia Tech with five interceptions despite missing two games with a severe ankle sprain.
Lewis intercepted seven passes, including one he returned 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown against UCLA. He also made a game-saving tackle against Oregon, stopping quarterback Bill Musgrave on the Arizona 1 with nine seconds left.
Richard spearheaded one of the nation's best pass defenses at Texas. He had four interceptions and broke up 14 other passes.
Welborne missed Michigan's regular-season finale against Ohio State with a knee injury, but still finished as the team's second-leading tackler. He also was one of the best punt returners in the country.
Shale led the nation in punting with a 46.7 average. Eleven of his 66 punts traveled 60 yards or longer, including a 76-yarder and an 81-yarder.
The players were selected by AP sports editor Darrell Christian, college football writer Rick Warner and regional AP sports writers. The All-America team will be featured on Bob Hope's annual Christmas show, Dec. 15 from 10-11 p.m. EST on NBC.