Ponder goes 3-for-3 on All-American lists

Saturday, December 21, 2002

For the third time in three days, Southeast Missouri State University wide receiver Willie Ponder has made first-team All-American.

The latest to honor the senior is The Sports Network, which released its team Friday. Earlier in the week, Ponder made the American Football Coaches Association and Associated Press All-American teams.

Ponder led the Ohio Valley Conference in every receiving category this year as he set school records with 87 catches for 1,453 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Also this week, Southeast coach Tim Billings finished 12th in voting for the Eddie Robinson Award, awarded by the media to the nation's top I-AA coach. McNeese State's Tommy Tate won the award.

Billings is still in the running for the American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year award that will be announced in January.

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