December 11, 2007
Virginia senior defensive end Chris Long has been named to the Associated Press All-American First Team. This marks the seventh first team All-American honor that Long has received in 2007.
A player that always makes his presence known on the field, Long leads the ACC with 14 sacks, which is also good enough for third in the country. He also paces the conference with 19 tackles for loss, good enough for tenth in the nation as well. Long had his most productive season at defensive end in 2007, even pulling down an interception against North Carolina on September 15.
Long's list of accolades is nothing short of impressive this season. He won the Hendricks Award as the NCAA's best defensive lineman, and was a finalist for the Lott, Nagurski, and Lombardi Trophies. He grabbed ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, and was the only unanimous choice for All-ACC First Team. Long also became only the fourth player in Virginia history to place in Heisman Trophy voting.
He also the third Cavalier in history to be a unanimous AP All-Amercan selection. Jim Dombrowski in 1955 and Heath Miller in 2004 were the other two.
The Cavalier star is one of three ACC players to earn a spot on the AP All-American First Team. Wake Forest center Steve Justice and Boston College safety Jamie Silva were also selected.
Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and runner up Darren McFadden led the voting, and another interesting name was Texas Tech freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who the Cavaliers will go up against in the Gator Bowl on New Years Day.
Offensive Lineman Branden Albert was received All-American honors, grabbing a spot on the third team.