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Dec 12, 2012 7:31 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly's Deonte Williams named an AP All-American

For the third time in two weeks, Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams has been named to an All-American football team. On Wednesday, The Associated Press tabbed Williams as a second-team running back.

Williams was named to The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision All-American second team on Monday and to Beyond College Sports' All-American second team last week.

On Nov. 20, he and senior linebacker Kennith Jackson became Cal Poly's first-ever All-Big Sky Conference first-team selections.

Williams, who rushed for 1,506 yards and 12 touchdowns, led Cal Poly to a 9-3 record and, in its first season in the Big Sky, a share of the conference with Montana State and Eastern Washington. The Mustangs earned their third FCS playoff berth in the last eight years, falling to Sam Houston State in the second round Dec. 1.

Williams surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing 10 times in 12 games this season, including a season-high 188 against UC Davis. His streak of six 100-yard games from games six through 11 broke Antonio Warren's streak of five games (1995-96). Williams' ten 100-yard games this season is two more than the old school record set by James Noble in 2005. He is the 15th Mustang to crack the 1,000-yard mark for a season and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. Williams also caught eight passes for 52 yards and a score.

Williams' rushing total is No. 2 on Cal Poly's all-time single-season list, falling 72 yards short of Noble's school record of 1,578 yards, set in 2005.

Williams finished 16th in balloting for the Walter Payton Award presented annually by The Sports Network to the most outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision. There were 20 players on the watch list.

A total of 15 players from the Big Sky Conference were placed on The Associated Press All-American teams -- three on the first team, seven on the second unit and five on the third squad.

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