Senior cornerback Prince Amukamara was one of 11 defenders named to the 2010 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, announced on Monday. Amukamara was the only Husker named to the 25-player team, which included four players from the Big 12 Conference.
A native of Glendale, Ariz., Amukamara was one of four defense backs on the team. He was joined by Oklahoma’s Quinton Carter, LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Air Force’s Reggie Rembert. Amukamara ranks third nationally with 13 pass breakups this season, a total that is tied for seventh in NU history.
Amukamara is also one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which will be presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive back next month. He has also recorded 50 tackles while allowing only 13 completions in the 43 pass attempts opposing quarterbacks have thrown to the receiver he is covering. Amukamara has helped Nebraska rank second nationally in passing defense and pass efficiency defense.
Amukamara is the 94th Husker to earn first-team All-America honors. When including two-time honorees, Amukamara’s selection gives Nebraska 108 first-team All-Americans in school history.