Peppers led the ACC with 15 sacks and set a single-season school record with 24 tackles for loss.
The All-America honor is the third for Peppers, who also was named a
first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and a second-team All-American by Football News.
Peppers started every game this season for the Tar Heels and finished with 64 tackles.
His 15 sacks were one shy of Lawrence Taylor's school-record of 16 set in 1980. Peppers was named ACC defensive lineman of the week twice after stellar performances against Wake Forest and Virginia.
Peppers scored two touchdowns this year. He had a 12-yard fumble return at Wake Forest and a 27-yard interception return against Duke. In UNC's 59-21 season-ending win against the Blue Devils on Nov. 18, Peppers also had two sacks and forced one fumble.
Tar Heels Named All-Southeast Region
Three members of the North Carolina women's soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Southeast Region First Team.
UNC, which finished 21-3 and won its 17th national championship by beating UCLA 2-1 on Sunday, placed senior forward Meredith Florance, junior midfielder Jena Kluegel and junior defender Danielle Borgman on the first team.