Kansas State senior linebacker Arthur Brown led a trio of Wildcats to earn All-America status as the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Associated Press announced their All-America teams Friday.
Brown picked up first-team accolades from the FWAA and second-team honors from the Associated Press. The AP also placed quarterback Collin Klein on the second team and defensive back Ty Zimmerman on the third team.
A native of Wichita, Brown earned his second and third All-America designations as he was named a Second Team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation last week. The linebacker is the first Wildcat to earn first-team honors from the FWAA since Jordy Nelson was a consensus All-American in 2007.
Leading the team in tackles for a second straight season, Brown has 91 stops, including six tackles for loss and one sack. He also has two interceptions this season, one against West Virginia and the other he returned for a touchdown a week later against Texas Tech.
Aside from his All-America honors, Brown was also a finalist for the Lott Impact Trophy, a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.
Klein’s designation by the Associated Press was his second All-America honor as he was also a second-team selection by the Walter Camp Foundation. The second Heisman Trophy finalist in school history, Klein accounted for 37 touchdowns this season (22 rushing, 15 passing), including at least three in eight games.
Klein’s 22 rushing touchdowns are tied for second nationally and rank first among quarterbacks.
The Loveland, Colo., product has rushed for 890 yards on 194 carries and thrown for 2,490 yards on 180-of-272 passing.
Zimmerman was named an All-American for the first time in his career.
A starting safety since his freshman season in 2010, Zimmerman made 45 tackles, including three for losses, while he picked off a career-best five passes in just 10 games.
Zimmerman’s five interceptions lead the Big 12 and are tied for sixth nationally.
The Junction City product recorded an interception in four straight games (Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia) — the longest streak by a Wildcat since at least 1989.
Zimmerman improved his career interception total to 10, which ranks seventh in school history.
The fifth-ranked Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) will take on fourth-ranked Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised by ESPN.