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West Virginia’s David Long, David Sills named to AP All-America team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two West Virginia Mountaineers were named to the Associated Press All-America team, which was released on Monday.

Junior linebacker David Long was honored as a second team all-American, and senior wide receiver David Sills was named as a third team all-American. It was the second straight all-American nod for Sills, who was a second team honoree last season.

Another Mountaineer, offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste, was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s all-American team, which was released Monday evening. Cajuste, the lone West Virginia representative, was on the FWAA second team.

Long is also the Big 12 defensive player of the year. He led the Mountaineers with 97 tackles (68 solo) in the regular season. He averaged 1.68 tackles for loss per game, ranking eighth nationally. Long is also West Virginia’s sack leader with seven this season.

Sills ranked second nationally with 15 touchdown catches. He led with Mountaineers with 61 receptions and was second on the team with 896 receiving yards.

His back-to-back all-American appearances are like few, if any, to come before it. After enrolling at West Virginia as a freshman receiver, Sills transferred to El Camino (Calif.) Junior College to try his hand at quarterback. He then became an all-American in both of his seasons after returning to West Virginia and switching back to receiver.

Cajuste was one of three linemen to share the Big 12’s offensive lineman of the year award this season. The senior has already completed his college career, opting to sit out of West Virginia’s bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.

This is the third straight season that at least one West Virginia player has been named an AP or FWAA All-American.

The 16th-ranked Mountaineers (8-3) conclude their season against No. 20 Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla.

West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker David Long Jr. (11) makes a tackle on Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) at Milan Puskar Stadium.

2018 AP All-American Team



Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky

Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse


Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois

Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame

Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M



Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M

Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia

Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama

Tight end — T.J. Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa

Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU


Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah



Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State

Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State

Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma

Guards — Terrone Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa

Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia

All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah


Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech

Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame

Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan

Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Jonathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State

Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

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