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May 28, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– University of Virginia safety Anthony Poindexter is a 1998 first-team preseason All-America selection by The Sporting News. Poindexter is also listed as the top collegiate safety in the nation by the magazine in its 1998 College Football Yearbook.

Poindexter, from Forest, Va., earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News last season despite being hampered by injuries. He also received second-team All-America honors from College & Pro Football Newsweekly and third-team All-America honors from The Associated Press. Poindexter missed one entire game and most of two others in 1997, but still led the Cavaliers with four interceptions and finished third in total tackles with 78. He was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection for the second consecutive year and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Poindexter also received the Dudley Award as the best college player in the state of Virginia in 1997 and was named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team.

Virginia’s Antonio Dingle is ranked fourth among defensive tackles and Aaron Brooks is ranked seventh among all-purpose quarterbacks by The Sporting News College Football Yearbook. Dingle earned first-team All-ACC honors last season, while Brooks ranked first in the conference in passing efficiency.

In the magazine’s unit rankings, UVa’s defensive line and linebackers are both ranked seventh in the nation.

Virginia has 32 lettermen, including 15 starters, returning from its 1997 team that finished with an overall record of 7-4 and compiled a 5-3 record in the ACC.

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