Selvie, Jenkins honored as AFCA All-Americans
USF sophomore defensive end George Selvie and senior cornerback Mike Jenkins, who have helped the Bulls to a 9-3 season and Sun Bowl berth, were honored Thursday as first-team All-America selections by the American Football Coaches Association.
More impressively, Selvie and Jenkins were the only Big East players among 25 players honored, and the only players from Florida schools. Selvie is the second-youngest player on the team in terms of class; Texas Tech freshman receiver Michael Crabtree is the only other player who is not a junior or senior.
Selvie leads the nation with 31.5 tackles for loss and ranks second with 14.5 sacks, while Jenkins is one of the nation's top senior cornerbacks and is projected to be a first-round NFL Draft selection in April. Selvie has already been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America by virtue of his being named a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive player. He'll attend the Nagurski awards banquet in Charlotte, N.C., this weekend.
Selvie and Jenkins are the first USF players honored as first-team All-Americans since the Bulls moved to Division I-A football in 2001. Punter Tony Umholtz was named a first-team I-AA All-American by the Associated Press in 1999, and kicker Bill Gramatica was a first-team I-AA honoree by the AFCA in 1998.