Monday, December 10, 2018

LB Joe Dineen becomes KU football’s 1st AP All-American since 2007

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. (29) tackles Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. (29) tackles Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)


Although his days of playing for his hometown college football program are over, the honors continue to roll in for University of Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen.

The Big 12’s tackling leader for the second year in a row, Dineen was named Monday to the Associated Press 2018 All-America team as a second-team defender.

Dineen became the first KU football player to earn AP All-America status since Aqib Talib (first team), Anthony Collins (first team) and James McClinton (second team) in 2007.

The AP's first-team linebackers this year are: Kentucky senior Josh Allen, LSU junior Devin White and Washington senior Ben Burr-Kirven.

In his recently completed redshirt senior season, Dineen made a career-high 147 total tackles, the sixth-highest single-year output in KU football history.

The Jayhawks’ all-time leader in career tackles for loss (45.4), Dineen averaged 12.3 tackles per game in his final college season, ranking fourth among all FBS players.

The KU standout also led both the Big 12 and FBS in solo tackles, racking up 108 in 2018.

Including his redshirt season in 2016, the former Free State High star spent the past five years with the Jayhawks, as the team never won more than three games in a season.

“I wouldn’t trade the experiences that I’ve had here at KU for anything,” Dineen said recently. “KU’s been really good to me and hopefully I reciprocated that with the way I played.”

Dineen also was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated for the second year in a row, and made the AP’s All-Big 12 first team.

2018 AP All-Americans



Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky

Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M;

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse


Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois

Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame

Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M;



Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M;

Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia

Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin

Center — Ross Piersbacher, senior, Alabama

Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa

Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU


Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah



Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State

Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State

Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma

Guards — Terrone Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa

Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills IV, senior, West Virginia

All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah


Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech

Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame

Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan

Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Jonathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State

Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati


Len Shaffer 9 months, 1 week ago

Well deserved. Congratulations, Joe, and best of luck as you move forward in your life. Jayhawk fans everywhere will always revere everything you've given to the program.

Dane Pratt 9 months, 1 week ago

Good to see someone who put in so much and saw so few victories. Nice going Joe.

W Keith Swinehart II 9 months, 1 week ago

Great honor for Dineen. Great representation for KU team, play and values.I Congratulations.

Matt Herrera 9 months, 1 week ago

"Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M;"


Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 1 week ago

Exactly why Beaty is out of a job. Have the system to go with the talent you have, not have a system without the talent you need. Smh so glad he is gone.

Andy Tweedy 9 months, 1 week ago

THAT...IS...AWESOME!!! Congrats, 29!!!

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