University of Oregon senior Nick Reed has been named to the Walter Camp first-team All-America team in a vote of head coaches and sports information directors of the 119 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
The award, as sponsored by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, is the nation's oldest college football All-America squad and was announced as part of ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday night from Orlando, Fla.
He becomes only the second defensive lineman in school history to claim first-team All-America honors, following defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in 2005, and the Ducks' 22nd player ever to receive first-team recognition.
Coupled with being named an ESPN the Magazine first-team Academic All-American for the second straight season earlier this month, Reed becomes only the school's second football player ever to earn first-team All-America acclaim on the field and in the classroom in the same year, as well as only the university's seventh student-athlete of all time to duplicate the dual feats. He is joined by Steve Barnett (football - 1962), Kathy Hayes (women's track – 1983, '84, '85), Dub Meyers (men's track – 1986), Kelly Blair (women's track – 1993, '94), Ryan Andrus (men's track – 2004) and Galen Rupp (men's track – 2006, '07).
The Ducks' 6-2, 250-pound defensive end and two-time Pacific-10 Conference first-team all-league choice completed the regular season leading the nation in fumble recoveries (5), ranked second in the country in quarterback sacks (13) while equaling the school's single-season record, and tied for fifth in tackles for loss (19.5). The Trabuco Canyon, Calif., standout also posted 50 tackles his senior season and already has claimed the school record for most quarterback sacks in a career (29.5).
Named Oregon's Most Outstanding Player his senior season, Reed also finished second in the voting for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award behind Texas' Brian Orakpo.
Walter Camp, The Father of American Football, first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp a former Yale University athlete and football coach is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation, a New Haven based all-volunteer group was founded in 19967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
The member of the Walter Camp All-America team also will be honored at the organization's black-tie national awards banquet on Jan. 17, 2009 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.