Cooper, Bernard Named AP All-America
Chapel Hill, N.C. - North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper and Giovani Bernard have been named to the Associated Press All-America team. Cooper was a first-team selection at guard and Bernard was a third-team pick at running back.
Cooper has earned consensus All-America honors and his name will be added to the honored jerseys in Kenan Stadium. He also was named a first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers Association of America, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated.
A native of Wilmington, N.C., Cooper graded out at 90 percent on the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games this season. He played an important role in Carolina's running game, which averaged 193.8 yards per game, the highest per game average since 1994.
Bernard led the ACC and was 11th in the country in rushing with 122.8 yards per game. He carried 184 times for 1,228 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He also had 47 catches for 490 yards and five scores. Bernard led the nation in punt return average, was fourth in all-purpose average and fifth in scoring per game.
Carolina set single-season school records for total offense per game, passing yards per game and scoring per game.
Quarterback _ Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Texas A&M.
Running backs _ Montee Ball, senior, 5-11, 215, Wisconsin; Ka'Deem Carey, sophomore, 5-10, 197, Arizona.
Tackles _ Luke Joeckel, junior, 6-6, 310, Texas A&M; Taylor Lewan, junior, 6-8, 309, Michigan.
Guards _ Chance Warmack, senior, 6-3, 320, Alabama; Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina.
Center _ Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 302, Alabama.
Tight end _ Zach Ertz, senior, 6-6, 252, Stanford.
Receivers _ Marqise Lee, sophomore, 6-0, 195, Southern California; Terrance Williams, senior, 6-2, 205, Baylor.
All-purpose player _ Tavon Austin, senior, 5-9, 171, West Virginia.
Kicker _ Cairo Santos, junior, 5-8, 160, Tulane.
Ends _ Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, 6-6, 256, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State.
Tackles _ Star Lotulelei, senior, 6-4, 320, Utah; Will Sutton, junior, 6-1, 267, Arizona State.
Linebackers _ Manti Te'o, senior, 6-2, 255, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, junior, 6-3, 241, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, junior, 6-2, 232, Alabama.
Cornerbacks _ Dee Milliner, junior, 6-1, 199, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, sophomore, 6-0, 172, Oregon State.
Safeties _ Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State; Matt Elam, junior, 5-10, 202, Florida.
Punter _ Ryan Allen, senior, 6-2, 215, Louisiana Tech.
Quarterback _ Collin Klein, senior, Kansas State.
Running backs _ Kenjon Barner, senior, Oregon; Johnathan Franklin, senior, UCLA.
Tackles _ D.J. Fluker, junior, Alabama; David Yankey, junior, Stanford.
Guards _ Spencer Long, junior, Nebraska; Cyril Richardson, junior, Baylor.
Center _ Dalton Freeman, senior, Clemson.
Tight end _ Tyler Eifert, senior, Notre Dame.
Receivers _ Stedman Bailey, junior, West Virginia; Quinton Patton, senior, Louisiana Tech.
All-purpose player _ Jordan Lynch, junior, Northern Illinois.
Kicker _ Dustin Hopkins, senior, Florida State.
Ends _ Damontre Moore, junior, Texas A&M; Stephon Tuitt, sophomore, Notre Dame.
Tackles _ Johnathan Hankins, junior, Ohio State; Kawann Short, senior, Purdue.
Linebackers _ Kevin Minter, junior, LSU; Anthony Barr, junior, UCLA; Arthur Brown, senior, Kansas State.
Cornerbacks _ Johnthan Banks, senior, Mississippi State; Bradley Roby, sophomore, Ohio State.
Safeties _ Eric Reid, junior, LSU; Tony Jefferson, junior, Oklahoma.
Punter _ Riley Stephenson, senior, BYU.
Quarterback _ A.J. McCarron, junior, Alabama.
Running backs _ Stefphon Jefferson, junior, Nevada; Giovani Bernard, sophomore, North Carolina.
Tackles _ Jake Matthews, junior, Texas A&M; Eric Fisher, senior, Central Michigan.
Guards _ Larry Warford, senior, Kentucky; Xavier Su'a-Filo, sophomore, UCLA.
Center _ Braxston Cave, senior, Notre Dame.
Tight end _ Austin Seferian-Jenkins, sophomore, Washington.
Receivers _ DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson; Cobi Hamilton, senior, Arkansas.
All-purpose player _ Dri Archer, junior, Kent State.
Kicker _ Caleb Sturgis, senior, Florida.
Ends _ John Simon, senior, Ohio State; Sam Montgomery, junior, LSU.
Tackles _ Shariff Floyd, junior, Florida; Chris Jones, senior, Bowling Green.
Linebackers _ Khaseem Greene, senior, Rutgers; Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Kyle Van Noy, junior, BYU.
Cornerbacks _ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, sophomore, Oregon; Jason Verrett, junior, TCU.
Safeties _ Ed Reynolds, junior, Stanford; Ty Zimmerman, junior, Kansas State.
Punter _ Kyle Christy, sophomore, Florida.