Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State and Outland Trophy winner Tracy Rocker of Auburn Wednesday highlighted the offensive and defensive units of United Press International's All-America college football team.
Sanders, a junior tailback whose records are still being calculated and include 24 milestones, became the leading single-season rusher in NCAA history with 2,628 yards. Rocker, a senior defensive tackle who anchors the nation's top-ranked defense, swept Outland and Lombardi honors as the nation's best interior lineman and lineman."Everything I've done has been with the help of a lot of other people," Rocker said. "There's a lot of guys who'd like to be in my footsteps but it wouldn't have happened without Benji and Ron."
They were joined on the first team by Andy Heck and Frank Stams, teammates on top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame, which joined Michigan, Arkansas and Oklahoma State as the only schools to place two players on the first team.
At quarterback, UCLA's Troy Aikman, who finished third in Heisman Trophy voting - and second among four quarterback finalists - gained UPI's first-team spot. Miami junior Steve Walsh was second, putting both ahead of Heisman runner-up Rodney Peete of Southern Cal and Washington State's Timm Rosenbach, the nation's top-rated passer.
Both first-team running backs are juniors. Sanders is joined by his runner-up in rushing yardage, Anthony Thompson of Indiana.
Joining them on the otherwise all-senior first-team offense are receivers Hart Lee Dykes of Oklahoma State and Jason Phillips of Houston, Iowa tight end Marv Cook, tackles Tony Mandarich of Michigan State and Heck, guards Mike Utley of Washington State and Anthony Phillips of Oklahoma, Michigan center John Vitale and Arkansas kicker Kendall Trainor.