Matthews Named AP All-American
Ryan Mathews
Ryan Mathews

Posted Dec 15, 2009


Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews was named second team AP All-American on Tuesday. The junior becomes the ninth Bulldog to be named an AP All-American. Kicker Kevin Goessling also earned honorable mention All-American honors...

Ryan Mathews led the NCAA in rushing for the majority of the season. He set a school record with 1,664 rushing yards this season. He has scored 37 career touchdowns also a Bulldog record. His rushing average of 151.3 yard per game ranks ahead of Stanford's Toby Gerhart for best in the nation.

Mathews had nine consecutive 100-yard games this season and more his seven 50-plus yard runs were more than any other player in the nation.

He was also named second team All-American by Sports Illustrated and CBSSportsline.com.

Mathews becomes the program’s ninth AP All-American and its first since 2001.

Fresno State AP All-Americans

  • 1982, WR Henry Ellard, 2nd team
  • 1984, WR Larry Willis, 3rd team
  • 1986, DE Jethro Franklin, 3rd team
  • 1989, LB Ron Cox, 3rd team
  • 1989, CB James Williams, 3rd team
  • 1993, QB Trent Dilfer, 3rd team
  • 2001, QB David Carr, 3rd team
  • 2001, DT Alan Harper, 2nd team
  • 2009, RB Ryan Mathews, 2nd team


    2009 AP All-American Team

    First team

    Offense

    Quarterback - Colt McCoy, senior, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Texas.

    Running backs - Toby Gerhart, senior, 6-1, 235, Stanford; Mark Ingram, sophomore, 5-10, 212, Alabama.

    Tackles - Russell Okung, senior, 6-5, 301, Oklahoma State; Trent Williams, senior, 6-5, 318, Oklahoma.

    Guards - Michael Johnson, senior, 6-6, 305, Alabama; Mike Iupati, senior, 6-6, 330, Idaho.

    Center - J.D. Walton, senior, 6-3, 305, Baylor.

    Tight end - Aaron Hernandez, junior, 6-2, 250, Florida.

    Wide receivers - Golden Tate, junior, 5-11, 195, Notre Dame; Jordan Shipley, senior, 6-0, 190, Texas.

    All-purpose player - C.J. Spiller, senior, 5-11, 195, Clemson.

    Kicker - Leigh Tiffin, senior, 6-2, 212, Alabama.

    Defense

    Ends - Jerry Hughes, senior, 6-3, 257, TCU; Derrick Morgan, junior, 6-4, 272, Georgia Tech.

    Tackles - Ndamukong Suh, senior, 6-4, 300, Nebraska; Terrence Cody, senior, 6-5, 365, Alabama.

    Linebackers - Rolando McClain, junior, 6-4, 258, Alabama; Greg Jones, junior, 6-1, 228, Michigan State; Eric Norwood, senior, 6-1, 252, South Carolina.

    Cornerbacks - Joe Haden, junior, 5-11, 190, Florida; Javier Arenas, senior, 5-9, 198, Alabama.

    Safeties - Eric Berry, junior, 5-11, 203, Tennessee; Earl Thomas, sophomore, 5-10, 197, Texas.

    Punter - Drew Butler, sophomore, 6-2, 201, Georgia.


    Second team

    Quarterback - Tim Tebow, senior, Florida.

    Running backs - Ryan Mathews, junior, Fresno State; Dion Lewis, freshman, Pittsburgh.

    Tackles - Bryan Bulaga, junior, Iowa; Chris Marinelli, senior, Stanford.

    Guards - Rodney Hudson, junior, Florida State; Mike Pouncey, junior, Florida.

    Center - Maurkice Pouncey, junior, Florida.

    Tight end - Dennis Pitta, senior, BYU.

    Wide receivers - Mardy Gilyard, senior, Cincinnati; Danario Alexander, senior, Missouri.

    All-purpose player - James Rodgers, junior, Oregon State.

    Kicker - Kai Forbath, junior, UCLA.

    Defense

    Ends - Von Miller, junior, Texas A&M; Brandon Graham, senior, Michigan.

    Tackles - Gerald McCoy, junior, Oklahoma; Jared Odrick, senior, Penn State.

    Linebackers - Pat Angerer, senior, Iowa; Brandon Spikes, senior, Florida; Sean Weatherspoon, senior, Missouri.

    Cornerbacks - Perrish Cox, senior, Oklahoma State; Kyle Wilson, senior, Boise State.

    Safeties - Taylor Mays, senior, Southern California; Rahim Moore, sophomore, UCLA.

    Punter - Zoltan Mesko, senior, Michigan.


    Third team

    Offense

    Quarterback - Kellen Moore, sophomore, Boise State

    Running backs - LaMichael James, redshirt freshman, Oregon; Jacquizz Rodgers, sophomore, Oregon State.

    Tackles - Dennis Landolt, senior, Penn State; Ciron Black, senior, LSU.

    Guards - Brandon Carter, senior, Texas Tech; Jeff Byers, senior, Southern California.

    Center - Chris Hall, senior, Texas.

    Tight end - Dorin Dickerson, senior, Pittsburgh.

    Wide receivers - Freddie Barnes, senior, Bowling Green; Demaryius Thomas, junior, Georgia Tech.

    All-purpose player - Dexter McCluster, senior, Mississippi.

    Kicker - Hunter Lawrence, senior, Texas.

    Defense

    Ends - Jeremy Beal, junior, Oklahoma; Brandon Sharpe, senior, Texas Tech.

    Tackles - Brian Price, junior, UCLA; Dan Williams, senior, Tennessee.

    Linebackers - Sergio Kindle, senior, Texas; Cody Grimm, senior, Virginia Tech; Navorro Bowman, junior, Penn State.

    Cornerbacks - Brandon Harris, sophomore, Miami; Alterraun Verner, senior, UCLA.

    Safeties - Tyler Sash, sophomore, Iowa; Mark Barron, sophomore, Alabama.

    Punter - Matt Reagan, senior, Memphis.


    Goessling Earns Honor

    Bulldog kicker Kevin Goessling was named Honorable Mention All-America by Sports Illustrated after making 15-of-16 field goals on the season, including a Bulldog record 15 in a row, his current streak. Goessling is also perfect on his PAT attempts this season. Goessling kicked a game-winner to beat Louisiana Tech 30-28 on senior night in a "make or lose" situation.

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