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Looking Back at the 2011 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team



T.J. Yeldon, Shaq Thompson and Stefon Diggs were all impressive as freshmen in college this season. / USA TODAY Sports Images

With the announcement of the 2012 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Football Team, we decided to take a look at how five members of the 2011 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team fared this season.

Dorial Green-Beckham / Hillcrest, Springfield, Mo. / Missouri
Last year’s Offensive Player of the Year had 28 catches for 395 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games for the Tigers. Four of Green-Beckham’s five touchdowns came in Missouri’s last three games.

Mario Edwards Jr. / Ryan, Denton, Texas / Florida State
The Seminoles originally planned to redshirt the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, but a season-ending injury to Brandon Jenkins in the season opener changed that. Edwards, who earned his first start in the ACC Championship Game, has 14 tackles in 10 games.

Stefon Diggs / Good Counsel, Olney, Md. / Maryland
Diggs had 54 catches for 848 yards and six touchdowns for the Terrapins, who started four different quarterbacks this season. A dangerous return man who garnered second team All-ACC honors for his special teams play, Diggs finished the regular season ranked eighth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game (172.4).

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Shaq Thompson / Grant Union, Sacramento, Calif. / Washington
Thompson, an 18th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, found more success on the football field than he did in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 0-for-39 with 37 strikeouts this summer. The honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection has 66 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, and three interceptions for the Huskies.

T.J. Yeldon / Daphne, Ala. / Alabama
Yeldon, who splits carries with junior Eddie Lacy, has rushed for 1,000 yards (6.5 ypc) and 11 touchdowns. The Second Team ALL-USA selection rushed for a career-high 153 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s 32-28 win over Georgia in the SEC title game.

 

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