BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech true sophomore cornerback Jayron Hosley has been named a first-team All-American by Walter Camp, as released Thursday night. The Delray Beach, Fla., native also earned first-team All-ACC honors this year. He leads the nation in interceptions per game and is tied for the national lead in interceptions (8). He also has 37 tackles and seven pass breakups.
“This is big because not too many players get named first-team All-Americans,” Hosley said. “We had a tough beginning to our season, but we bounced back and showed fight to finish up strong and win the ACC. This is definitely the personal highlight of the season.”
By making one of the five nationally recognized All-America squads (AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News, FWAA, AFCA), he extends defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s All-American streak to 16 years. Foster has had at least one defensive player earn All-America honors in each of his seasons at Tech as either the co-defensive coordinator or defensive coordinator. This includes 2004 when Sports Illustrated honored two players, even though that is not one of the five major All-America squads.
Hosley becomes the seventh Tech cornerback to earn All-America honors, and the youngest of that group - by class - to accomplish that feat. Other Hokie cornerbacks to be recognized were: Victor “Macho” Harris (2008, Sr.), Brandon Flowers (2006, r-So.; 2007, r-Jr.), Jimmy Williams (2005, Sr.), DeAngelo Hall (2003, Jr.), Ronyell Whitaker (2001, r-Sr.) and Anthony Midget (1999, Sr.). He is just the fourth Tech cornerback to earn first-team All-America honors (Williams in 2005, Flowers in 2007, Harris in 2008), the last three all of whom have been coached by Tech defensive back coach Torrian Gray.
Hosley and Flowers both attended Atlantic High in Delray Beach and their families have known each other for years.
“I have always looked up to Brandon as both a player and a person,” Hosley said. “He taught me what it takes to get to this level and having two first-team All-Americans from the same area is pretty cool. Also, to be mentioned in the same group as Macho and Brandon is really big for me.”
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