Matt Kalil Named Walter Camp All-American|
Dec. 8, 2011
Junior left tackle Matt Kalil - the cornerstone of a USC offensive line that allowed only eight sacks this year - was named to the 2011 Walter Camp All-American first team on Thursday (Dec. 8) while sophomore receiver Robert Woods was tabbed a second-teamer.
Kalil, in his second full year as a starter, has started 25 consecutive games at left tackle and was recently selected as a 2011 All-Pac-10 first teamer. The eight sacks that the USC's offensive line allowed this year were tied for the fewest in the nation.
He is USC's 157th All-American first team selection and Troy's first since 2009. Kalil, whose older brother, Ryan, earned All-American honors at USC in 2006 at center, is the Trojans' sixth different offensive lineman to earn All-American first team notice sine 2003. The others were OT Charles Brown (2009), OT Sam Baker (2005-06-07), C Ryan Kalil (2006), OG Taitusi Lutui (2005) and OT Jacob Rogers (2003).
Woods, a 2011 Biletnikoff finalist and 2011 All-Pac-10 first teamer, broke the USC and Pac-12 record for receptions in a season with 111, breaking Keyshawn Johnson's 1995 standard of 102. Woods finished with 1,292 receiving yards (fifth-most in school history) and 15 touchdowns (second most).
Woods set USC's single-game reception record with 17 against Minnesota in the 2011 season-opener and he is already tied for sixth on USC's career receptions chart with 176. He had seven games with at least 100 yards receiving this year - including a career best 255 on 14 catches against Arizona - and had 12 receptions against both Notre Dame and UCLA.