Colorado senior left tackle Nate Solder was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday becoming the first CU tackle in the history of the program to earn consensus All-America honors.
Solder was previously named to the Walter Camp and the Football Writers Association All-America teams. He also is expected to be on The Sporting News All-America team released later this week. A player must be named to at least three of the five major postseason All-America teams to earn consensus status.
Solder, who was the offensive lineman of the year in the Big 12 Conference and a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Campbell Trophy, is the 25th player in CU history to earn consensus All-America honors and the first since linebacker Jordon Dizon in 2007. He is the first Buff to achieve the honor on offense since 2001.
"Being an All-American is something I've always dreamed of, so it's really amazing to me that it happened," Solder said in a press release issued by the school. "I was always told that I could be good, but I never realized it would be to this magnitude."
The 6-foot-9 product of Buena Vista, Colo., was recruited to CU by former coach Gary Barnett's staff in late 2005. He started his career as a tight end but moved to tackle three years ago and flourished, even as his team often struggled. He is expected to be a first or second-round draft pick in NFL draft in April.
Solder was flagged for a penalty only one time all season, despite playing every offensive snap in 12 games. He graded out at 90 percent or better in 11 of those 12 contests and came close to playing a perfect game in the eyes of his coaches in a win over Kansas State last month.
Solder is the first Colorado offensive tackle to be named an All-American since Stan Brock did so at the end of the 1979 season.
Several more CU players were recognized as part of other All-America teams released Tuesday.
Solder was a first-team selection from Sports Illustrated and junior running back Rodney Stewart earned second-team honors from the magazine after finishing 12th in the nation in rushing. Collegefootballnews.com named freshmen wide receiver Paul Richardson and tackle David Bakhtiari to its freshman All-America team. Richardson earned a second-team spot and Bakhtiari was honorable mention.