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Dec. 8, 2005

South Carolina defensive back Ko Simpson has been named to the first team All-America squad.

Simpson, a sophomore safety from Rock Hill, S.C., was the only non-senior on the defensive side of the ball on’s first team squad. He was named first team all-SEC selection by both the Associated Press and by the league’s coaches earlier this week. He leads all SEC defensive backs in tackles, averaging 8.5 stops per game.

Simpson and the rest of the Gamecocks will be in Shreveport, La. on Friday, December 30, when the Gamecocks take on the Missouri Tigers in the 30th edition of the Independence Bowl. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. For tickets, please call the USC Athletics Ticket Office at 803-777-4274 or 1-800-472-3267.