Missouri football's Sam receives fifth All-American honor

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | 7:15 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri senior defensive end Michael Sam was honored by the Football Writers Association of America as a First-Team All-American.

For Sam, that completes a run of five First Team All-American honors to become just the second unanimous All-American selection in Missouri history. Sam joins Missouri's Danny LaRose, who starred for the Tigers from 1958-60 and earned his All-America recognition in 1960.

Along with the FWAA honor, Sam picked up major All-American selections from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association. This after Sam earned the AP's Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year award and was a finalist for both the Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines earned Second Team All-America from the FWAA
No. 8 Missouri kicks off the Cotton Bowl against No. 13 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Jan 3. It will be televised nationally by Fox.

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