FWAA Names Randle El First-Team All-American
November 28, 2001
Bloomington, Ind. -- Indiana graduate quarterback/punt returner Antwaan Randle El (Riverdale, Ill./Thornton) is a first-team All-America selection. Earlier today, the prestigious Football Writers Association of America recognized Randle El as its first-team quarterback. Players from nine conferences are represented on the team.
The most productive dual-threat quarterback in the history of major college football, the energetic Randle El has rushed for more yards than any signal caller in NCAA Division I-A history with 3,852 yards in 43 career games. With 40 career passing touchdowns and 45 touchdowns scored, Randle El is the only player in the history of major college football to be a member of the "40-40 Club." He is also the only player in I-A history to pass for over 6,00 yards and rush over 3,000 yards. In 43 career games, Randle El has passed for 7,275 yards and a school-record 40 touchdowns and rushed for 3,852 yards and 44 scores.
Said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz about Randle El, "If there's a better player in college football than (Antwaan) Randle El, show me who it is."
Among his many other accomplishments, Randle El is presently in 6th place on the all-time NCAA Division I-A total yardage list with 11,127 yards. He is also in the top 15 on the Big Ten's career passing yardage (currently 12th) and the Big Ten's career rushing yardage list (currently 14th). He needs 109 total yards in the season finale vs. Kentucky on December 1 to become the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to record 2,500 total yards in four consecutive seasons.
In 2001, Randle El helps lead an Indiana offense that is second in the Big Ten in total offense (437.9 yards per game) and rushing offense (274.9). Indiana is fourth nationally in rushing yards per game. This fall, Randle El has rushed 173 times for 921 yards and 8 touchdowns and completed 103 of 200 passes for 1,470 yards and 7 touchdowns. Indiana averaged 29.9 points per contest in Big Ten play and has scored more than 50 points on two occasions. Indiana's offense also features senior running back Levron Williams (Evansville, Ind./Bosse), a third-team All-American selection by Football News. In 10 games, Williams has rushed 191 times for 1,316 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Randle El is playing the 2001 season as an Indiana University graduate with a degree in Telecommunications-Sports Broadcasting.
Indiana concludes its season on Saturday when it hosts Kentucky at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.
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