By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
December 12, 2006
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s a consensus for West Virginia University’s Dan Mozes and Steve Slaton. The two became the first football pair in school history to earn consensus All-American honors in the same season when they were named to the Associated Press All-America football team, announced Tuesday.
Mozes and Slaton become the 10th and 11th consensus All-Americans in school history. The last to earn consensus All-America honors was linebacker Grant Wiley in 2003.
Slaton joins an AP All-America backfield that includes Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith at quarterback, and Arkansas’s Darren McFadden at running back. Slaton ranks second in the country in all-purpose yardage (172.8 ypg.) and third in rushing averaging 144.4 yards per game.
He finished the regular season with a school-record 1,733 yards on only 245 carries for an average of 7.1 yards per rush. The sophomore ran for more than 100 yards in 10 of 12 games this year, only failing to do so against East Carolina and South Florida.
Slaton’s top blocker Dan Mozes also made the AP All-America team. The senior center helped the Mountaineers average 302.3 yards per game rushing to rank second nationally. West Virginia ranked third in scoring offense (38.9 ppg.) and fourth in total offense (463.0 ypg.).
Mozes recently won the Rimington Trophy as college football’s top center. He is the first Mountaineer player in school history to win a major postseason football award.
West Virginia was one of five schools with more than one selection on this year’s team. Ohio State and Michigan led the way with three each.
Mozes and Slaton were previously named to the Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writer’s Association and Sporting News All-America teams. Those four plus the Associated Press All-America team make up the five chosen for consensus All-America status.
West Virginia’s other consensus All-Americans were Ira Errett Rodgers (1919), Bruce Bosley (1955), Darryl Talley (1982), Brian Jozwiak (1985), Mike Compton (1992), Todd Sauerbrun (1994), Aaron Beasley (1995), Canute Curtis (1996) and Grant Wiley (2003).
Wiley was also the last WVU player to earn AP All-America honors.
West Virginia (10-2) is presently in final examinations this week and will begin practicing for the 2007 Toyota Gator Bowl on Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets for the Gator Bowl are on sale and can be order through the Mountaineer Ticket Office by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or by logging onto WVUGAME.com.