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USC football: Taylor Mays is a three-time All-American

December 10, 2009 |  5:47 pm

Taylormays_300 USC safety Taylor Mays became a three-time All-American today when he was announced as part of the Walter Camp Football Foundation team.

The Walter Camp All-America team is selected by head coaches and sports information directors at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Mays, a senior from Seattle, is projected as a first-round pick in April's NFL draft. He has a team-best 91 tackles for the Trojans, who will play Boston College in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 26 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Mays, a consensus All-American in 2007 and 2008,  is the fourth USC player to earn All-America honors three times.

Linebacker Richard Wood was honored  in 1972-74, quarterback Matt Leinart in 2003-05 and offensive tackle Sam Baker in 2005-07.

Mays has 271 tackles and five interceptions in his career.

Coach Pete Carroll said Mays' selection was a "great honor for a great player. He typifies the image of what an All-American should stand for -- great competitor, great player and great person."

-- Gary Klein

Photo: USC safety Taylor Mays and Coach Pete Carroll during the game against California this season. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images