Leman Named To Walter Camp All-American Second-Team

LB J Leman
LB J Leman

Dec. 7, 2007

OL Martin O'Donnell (64) and RB Rashard Mendenhall (5), shown here with WR Jacob Willis (83) earned All-America honors in 2007

University of Illinois senior linebacker J Leman was named to the Walter Camp All-America second-team Thursday evening as announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN. Additionally, Leman, Martin O'Donnell and Rashard Mendenhall landed on the All-America team.

Leman is the first Walter Camp All-American since Simeon Rice in 1995. The 2007 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team is the 118th honored by the organization and is the nation's oldest All-America team. O'Donnell was the team's sole first-team All-American by, while Leman and Mendenhall earned third-team honors. All three players were on the All-American team, while Leman also has been named to the AFCA team.

Leman, a four-year starter at linebacker, was the team's defensive leader for the 21st ranked rushing defense in the nation. He led the team in tackles and was a finalist for the Ronnie Lott and Danny Weurffel Awards and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Both O'Donnell and Mendenhall are directly responsible for the significant improvement in the running game. Despite leading the Big Ten in rushing in 2006, the team exceeded that accomplishment with a top-5 national ranking and average of 266.2 yards per contest. Mendenhall, the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year, broke Illini records for single-season rushing, touchdowns scored and 100-yard rushing games.