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USC's Ellis is a first-team All-American
Arizona State kicker Thomas Weber, who played at Los Angeles Loyola High, and Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason, who played at Los Alamitos High, also were voted to the first team by a 12-member media panel.
Times writers do not participate in the voting.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner, and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, the Heisman runner-up, were part of a first-team backfield that also included Central Florida running back Kevin Smith.
USC tight end Fred Davis, offensive tackle Sam Baker and defensive end Lawrence Jackson were voted to the second team. Oregon safety Patrick Chung (Rancho Cucamonga High) also made the second team.
USC safety Taylor Mays, Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan (Santa Ana Mater Dei), California all-purpose player DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly) and Oregon defensive end Nick Reed (Mission Viejo) were voted to the third team.
Ellis, USC linebacker Keith Rivers and UCLA kickoff returner Matthew Slater were selected to SI.com's All-American first team.
Ellis and California center Alex Mack, a junior from Santa Barbara, were announced as winners of the Pacific 10 Conference Morris Trophy, presented annually to the league's top defensive and offensive lineman as voted by conference players.
Ellis also won the award last season and became the first player since Washington's Lincoln Kennedy (1991-92) to earn the honor more than once.
Louisiana State Coach Les Miles again denied that he is interested in filling Michigan's head coaching vacancy.
Miles released a statement in response to a report in the Detroit Free Press that he had spoken last week with Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin and school President Mary Sue Coleman.
Miles said his conversation with Michigan officials covered a wide range of topics and that he was "doing nothing more than helping them with their search for a football coach, just as any loyal alumnus might do."
Paul Wulff, 40, was hired as coach at Washington State, becoming the first alumnus of the school in nearly 60 years to lead the Cougars.
Wulff led Eastern Washington the last eight seasons, where he was Big Sky Conference coach of the year in 2001, 2004 and 2005. He is the 31st Washington State coach and the first alum to hold the job since Phil Sarboe from 1945 to 1949.
Wulff, a former center for the Cougars, replaces Bill Doba, who stepped down last month after posting a 30-29 record in five seasons.
Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson has withdrawn from consideration for the coaching vacancy at Duke and said he will remain with the Commodores.
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