November 25, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Irish senior offensive tackle Mike Rosenthal and senior tailback Autry Denson received 1998 postseason honors this week.

Rosenthal today was named a first-team All-American on the postseason team selected by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

One of three Irish captains for ’98, the 6-7, 300-pound Rosenthal (from Granger, Ind.) has started every game as a junior and senior in ’97 and ’98, and 32 overall. He helped the Irish rank 13th nationally in rushing at 221.5 yards per game in ’98 (more than 40 yards more than a year ago) as Notre Dame has run out to a 9-1 start.

He’ll be honored along with other Walter Camp team members February 27 at a dinner at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.

Denson has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award that goes to the top running back in the country.

Denson joins Boston College’s Mike Cloud, Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne, LSU’s Kevin Faulk, Miami of Ohio’s Travis Prentice, Missouri’s Devin West, Texas Tech’s Ricky Williams and Texas’ Ricky Williams on the list — with three finalists to be announced December 1. The award will be announced December 10 on the ESPN2 Home Depot College Football Awards Show and presented January 19 at a banquet in Dallas.

Denson became Notre Dame’s all-time leading career rusher earlier this month and already has recorded his third straight 1,000-yard season in terms of rushing yards (1,130 so far in ’98).

The 5-10, 202-pound senior (from Lauderhill, Fla.) has 43 career rushing touchdowns and has scored at least one in every game in ’98.