Minnifield Named an All-American by CBSSports.com
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield was honored on the second-team of CBSSports.com‘s 2011 All-America team. The Lexington, Ky., native’s previous All-America nod was as an honorable mention last season by SI.com.
Thus far this postseason Minnifield has been given the Pop Warner National College Football Award as their player of the year, named a first-team All-ACC pick for the second consecutive year and was recently awarded the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s accolade as its defensive back of the year. Minnifield is No. 2 nationally among active career leaders with 13 interceptions. He is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award & Lott IMPACT Trophy. Minnifield was named the Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week after helping limit then-No. 12 Georgia Tech to 24 yards passing and its lowest rushing total at the time (272).
Minnifield becomes the first Cavalier to be placed on a first, second or third All-America team since Eugene Monroe in 2008, who was listed on five different teams. Chris Long is the last Cavalier in 2007 to grace the CBSSports.com’s All-America team list.