Moorpark College linebacker Tom Briggs has been named a J. C. Grid-Wire first-team All-American. One of three linebackers selected, Briggs, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound sophomore from Liverpool, N. Y., led Moorpark with 19 1/2 sacks and had an additional 16 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Moorpark defensive coordinator Gil Mendoza said that Briggs' sack total was a school record.
"We feel we had a lot of other good ballplayers too, but he was the one who stood out and shined," Mendoza said. "He's our big-play ballplayer."
Moorpark running back Freddie Bradley was selected to the second team. Bradley (6-1, 205), a Hueneme High graduate, was the leading scorer in the state and rushed for 1,266 yards.
According to Grid-Wire publisher Hank Ives, running back selections were made from a remarkably strong group, and Bradley was one of only two freshmen among the six running backs on the first and second teams.