Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of Brigham Young and four Notre Dame players, including Heisman runner-up Raghib Ismail, highlighted the United Press International All-America football team announced Monday.
No. 1 Colorado placed three players on the first team, determined by a panel of UPI college football writers across the nation. No. 4 Miami, No. 9 BYU and Auburn each produced two All-America players.Detmer, the first Heisman winner from a long tradition of premier passers at BYU, added to his list of honors by being named first-team quarterback. He was joined on the All-America roster by one of his favorite targets, tight end Chris Smith.
Ismail, the multitalented "Rocket" who excelled for the No. 6 Fighting Irish as a flanker, running back and kick specialist, was named to the first team as a wide receiver.
The other three first-team members from Notre Dame came from the defense - cornerback Todd Lyght, linebacker Michael Stonebreaker and nose tackle Chris Zorich, the Lombardi Trophy winner.
Colorado, which plays Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl New Year's Night, was represented by running back Eric Bieniemy, guard Joe Garten and linebacker Alfred Williams.Zorich, Lyght, Garten and Williams earned All-America status for the second straight year, along with Illinois nose tackle Moe Gardner and Michigan safety Tripp Welborne. Stonebreaker was named an All-America in 1988, then was forced to sit out the 1989 season because of a violation of school policy.
Detmer owns 21 NCAA passing records and 21 more in total offense, guiding BYU to a 10-2 record and its second straight Western Athletic Conference title. The Cougars rank second in the nation in scoring, passing and total offense.
Detmer finished the season ranked second in the country in passing efficiency with 361 completions in 562 passes for 5,188 yards, with 28 interceptions and 41 touchdowns. In addition, he was second in total offense with an average of 418.5 yards per game.
"When you figure the combination of yards and his efficiency, he really means a lot to the team," BYU Coach LaVell Edwards said. "I've never had a guy in his category."
Bieniemy was second in the nation in rushing with 1,628 yards and scored 17 touchdowns for the Buffaloes, finishing third in the 1990 Heisman balloting. He was joined in the backfield by Darren Lewis of Texas A&M, who this season became the all-time leading rusher in Southwest Conference history with 5,012 career yards.
Ismail gained 1,726 all-purpose yards in 1990 - 537 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing, 702 yards and 2 TDs receiving and 487 yards and 2 TDs in returns. Smith set an NCAA record for tight ends with 1,156 yards receiving, and his 68 catches tied him for 16th in the country.
The other receiver named to the first team was Virginia wideout Herman Moore, who set an NCAA record this season by catching a TD pass in nine consecutive games. He caught 54 passes this season for 1,190 yards and 13 TDs.
Joining Garten on the offensive line were tackles Antone Davis of Tennessee and Stacy Long of Clemson, guard Ed King of Auburn and center John Flannery of Syracuse.
Zorich, UPI's Lineman of the Year last season, and Gardner anchor a defensive line that includes Russell Maryland of Miami, the 1990 Outland Trophy winner, and David Rocker of Auburn.
Zorich made 58 tackles for Notre Dame, including 11 for a loss, despite missing one full game and parts of three others after dislocating a kneecap Oct. 27 against Pittsburgh.
Maryland recorded 96 tackles for Miami, including 10 sacks and five forced fumbles. He also was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, as were Gardner and Rocker.
The other first-team linebacker, along with Williams and Stonebreaker, was Miami's Maurice Crum. Joining Lyght and Welborne in the secondary was Arizona cornerback Darryl Lewis and Georgia Tech safety Ken Swilling.
Lewis finished third in the nation in interceptions this season with seven in 11 games, including two returned for touchdowns. Swilling anchored a Georgia Tech defense that led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record and No. 2 ranking.
The All-America specialists were Alabama kicker Philip Doyle and Pittsburgh punter Brian Greenfield. Doyle led the nation with 24 field goals in 29 attempts, while Greenfield was second in punting with an average of 45.6 yards a kick.