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HOUSTON’S WARE, INDIANA’S THOMPSON TOP AP’S ALL-AMERICAS

SHARE HOUSTON’S WARE, INDIANA’S THOMPSON TOP AP’S ALL-AMERICAS

Last week, they were rivals. Now Houston quarterback Andre Ware and Indiana running back Anthony Thompson are teammates.

Ware, who edged Thompson in voting for the Heisman Trophy, joined him Tuesday on The Associated Press 1989 All-America college football team.The only local players recognized were three Brigham Young gridders who made the third team - tight end Chris Smith, offensive guard Mohammed Elewonibi and linebacker Bob Davis.

Ware broke 13 NCAA records and tied two others as the top gun in Houston's run-and-shoot offense. He capped a remarkable season last Saturday by setting season records for most completions (365) and passing yards (4,699). His 46 touchdown passes were one short of Jim McMahon's NCAA mark.

As Ware established passing standards, Thompson ran off with some marks of his own. The tailback set NCAA career marks for touchdowns and points, led the nation in rushing with 1,793 yards and broke the single-game rushing record with 377 against Wisconsin.

Ware and Thompson were unlikely candidates for stardom. Ware had virtually no preseason publicity and, because Houston was on probation, wasn't seen on television. Thompson played for a losing team at a school better known for basketball.

Yet they emerged as the top stars on an AP offensive team that includes Outland Trophy finalist Michael Tanks of Florida State and a trio of record-setting receivers - Clarkston Hines of Duke, Emmanuel Hazard of Houston and Terance Mathis of New Mexico.

The defense features Butkus Award winner Percy Snow of Michigan State, Outland finalist Moe Gardner of Illinois and Lombardi Award finalists Chris Zorich of Notre Dame and Tim Ryan of Southern California. The Butkus honors the top linebacker in the country; the Outland and Lombardi awards are for linemen.

Fourth-ranked Notre Dame is the only school with three players on the team - Zorich, defensive back Todd Lyght and return specialist Raghib "Rocket" Ismail. Top-ranked Colorado, No. 5 Florida State, No. 12 Southern Cal, No. 13 Houston and No. 22 Michigan State each placed two players on the team.

Joining Ware and Thompson in the backfield is Florida running back Emmitt Smith. Alongside Tanks on the offensive line are guards Eric Still of Tennessee and Joe Garten of Colorado and tackles Bob Kula of Michigan State and Jim Mabry of Arkansas. Jason Hanson of Washington State is the kicker.

Rounding out the defense are lineman Greg Mark of Miami, linebackers Keith McCants of Alabama and James Francis of Baylor and defensive backs Mark Carrier of Southern Cal, Tripp Welborne of Michigan and LeRoy Butler of Florida State. The punter is Colorado's Tom Rouen.

The All-America team has 12 seniors, 11 juniors and two sophomores, Ismail and Hanson. The juniors are Ware, Smith, Hazard, Garten, Zorich, Gardner, McCants, Lyght, Welborne, Carrier and Rouen.

There are no repeaters from last year's first team. Thompson and Snow were on the second team in 1988.

Smith ran for 1,599 yards this season, including a 316-yard performance against New Mexico, and was ranked third nationally in rushing. He holds 58 school records and is the No. 5 rusher in Southeastern Conference history.

Hines caught 61 passes for 1,149 yards and set an NCAA record with 38 career touchdown catches as Duke won a share of its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 1965. He ended his career as the ACC leader in catches and receiving yardage.

Mathis and Hazard, both 5-foot-9 and about 170 pounds, are the smallest players on the team, but each has big numbers. Mathis, who doubled as a kick returner, set NCAA records for career catches (263) and receiving yards (4,254) and moved up to third in all-purpose career yardage with 6,691. Hazard, Ware's favorite target, set season records with 142 receptions and 22 touchdowns.

Florida State line coach Wayne McDuffie called Tanks the best center he's seen in 15 years. "He has eaten up every nose guard we've faced," McDuffie said. "No one has gotten past him for a sack."

Kula, who switched to tackle after three years at guard, replaced All-American Tony Mandarich as the anchor of a Michigan State offensive line that paved the way for the Big Ten's second-best rushing attack.

Arkansas averaged 314 yards per game on the ground behind the blocking of Mabry and his offensive linemates. A four-year letterman, Mabry helped lead the Razorbacks to their second straight Southwest Conference title this season.