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Jeff Samardzija Named Football Writers Association of America First Team All-American

Dec. 9, 2006

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Notre Dame senior wide receiver Jeff Samardzija was named to the 63rd Annual Football Writers Association of America All-America Team on Saturday. Samardzija was the only repeat first team All-American on the squad.

Samardzija became the first Irish player to earn first team All-America status in consecutive seasons since Bobby Taylor in 1993 and 1994.

Samardzija, a Walter Camp second team All-American and Biletnikoff finalist in 2006, has completely re-written the Irish receiving recod book. He leads Notre Dame with 70 catches and 958 yards in 2006. Samardzija has also grabbed 11 touchdown passes.

Samardzija owns the school record for career receptions (171), career receiving touchdowns (26) and career receiving yards (2,534).

Notre Dame takes on fourth-ranked LSU (10-2) in the 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome on Jan. 3.

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