Stanchek Named AP All-American

Ryan Stanchek

West Virginia junior offensive lineman Ryan Stancek was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press as released by the organization.

"I am extremely honored to be named to the Associated Press All-American team," Stanchek said. "I share this honor with my teammates and coaches. Any individual success comes from team success, and I have been surrounded by a great bunch of teammates who work hard everyday for Mountaineer football. This award is just as much a tribute to this football team as it is to me."

Stanchek was named to four other All-American teams this season, rivals.com (second team), Football Writers Association of America (first team), Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team) and Sporting News (second team).

During the season, Stanchek helped pave the way for the Mountaineer offense to produce two 1,000-yard rushers for the second-straight year, and the offense averaged six yards a carry, 292.9 yards a game rushing and 450.5 in total offense. WVU currently ranks No. 4 nationally in rushing offense, No. 11 in scoring offense and No. 19 in total offense.

He collected 95 knockdowns for the season and was part of the offensive line that gave up only 13 sacks on the season, ranking No. 9 nationally. Stanchek graduated with is bachelor's degree in physical education this semester.

No. 9 West Virginia will battle No. 4 Oklahoma in the 37th Annual Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 2008, at 8 p.m., ET, in Glendale, Ariz. Tickets are on sale for the game and can be purchased by visiting the WVU Ticket Office in the Coliseum, by calling 1-800-WVU Game or by logging on to www.msnsportsnet.com.

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