Two Hokies Named All-Americans
Grove, Jones both named to FWAA first team
November 25, 2003

BLACKSBURG - Two Virginia Tech football players were named first-team All-Americans Tuesday afternoon by the Football Writers Association of America, tying the largest class of first-teamers in school history. Junior Kevin Jones along with senior Jake Grove were both honored for their outstanding play this year.

Jones, who made the team as the running back, has led the way for the Hokies, breaking several school records. The Doak Walker semifinalist has rushed for a school single-season record 1,419 yards and has gone over 100 yards rushing in eight games, also a new season mark. He also broke the single-game record, going for 241 yards at Pittsburgh. The Chester, Pa., native is the first Tech running back ever to make a first-team All-America squad.

Opening up the holes for Jones is Grove, who made the team as a center. The Rimington Trophy candidate has started all 11 games this year, playing 637 offensive snaps. The Forest, Va., native has graded out at 91 percent for the season with a team-high 43 knockdown blocks. Grove has graded out at 90 percent or better in eight of 11 games and is the fourth Tech offensive lineman ever to earn first-team status. Eugene Chung (1991), Jim Pyne (1993) and Billy Conaty (1996) also were first-teamers with Pyne and Conaty also earning first-team honors as a center.

Two players being named first team on the same first team ties the school mark. Only once before in school history has more than one Tech player been named to the first team of the same All-America team. That was in 1999 when Corey Moore and Michael Vick were named to The Sporting News' first team. Tech has also had two first-teamers in one year, but Moore and Vick were the only ones on the same squad before this year.

2003 FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Jason White, Oklahoma, 6-2, 221, Sr., Tuttle, Okla.
RB Kevin Jones, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 221, Jr., Chester, Pa.
WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma, 5-11, 187, Jr., Arlington, Texas
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 225, Soph., Minneapolis, Minn.
WR Mike Williams, Southern California, 6-5, 230, Soph., Tampa, Fla.
TE Kellen Winslow, Miami (Fla.), 6-5, 250, Jr., San Diego, Calif.
OL Shawn Andrews, Arkansas, 6-5, 370, Jr., Camden, Ark.
OL Alex Barron, Florida State, 6-6, 316, Jr., Orangeburg, S.C.
OL Robert Gallery, Iowa, 6-7, 320, Sr., Masonville, Iowa
OL Jacob Rogers, Southern California, 6-6, 305, Sr., Oxnard, Calif.
C Jake Grove, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 300, Sr., Forest, Va.

DEFENSE
E Dave Ball, UCLA, 6-6, 275, Sr., Dixon, Calif.
E Kenechi Udeze, Southern California, 6-4, 285, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.
T Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, 6-3, 289, Jr., Killeen, Texas
T Chad Lavalais, LSU, 6-3, 292, Sr., Marksville, La.
LB Derrick Johnson, Texas, 6-4, 230, Jr., Waco, Texas
LB Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma, 6-2, 243, Sr., Fort Gibson, Okla.
LB Grant Wiley, West Virginia, 6-1, 235, Sr., Trappe, Pa.
B Will Allen, Ohio State, 6-2, 190, Sr., Dayton, Ohio
B Keiwan Ratliff, Florida, 5-10, 178, Sr., Columbus, Ohio
B Derrick Strait, Oklahoma, 5-11, 195, Sr., Austin, Texas
B Sean Taylor, Miami (Fla.), 6-3, 230, Jr., Miami, Fla.

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Nick Browne, TCU, 5-10, 172, Sr., Garland, Texas
P Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee, 6-2, 196, Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.
KR Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma, 6-0, 188, Jr., Lawton, Okla.