Posted: Dec 5, 2012 10:17 AM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 12:17 PM
Beyond Sports Network has bestowed Football Championship Subdivision All-American honors on Cal Poly slotback Deonte Williams and linebacker Kennith Jackson.
Both seniors, Williams landed on the second team while Jackson was accorded a spot on the third team. Both were Cal Poly's first-ever All-Big Sky Conference first-team selections last month.
Williams, who rushed for 1,506 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Jackson, who recorded 97 tackles, 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 last week.
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.
Jackson is No. 5 on Cal Poly's career tackles chart with 302, finishing second on the squad in tackles. Jackson was Cal Poly's second-leading tackler as a freshman, sophomore and junior as well, earning 80 tackles in 2011, 67 in 2010 and 58 in 2009.
Jackson also had six career interceptions, intercepting two against Idaho State on Nov. 10, and 14 pass breakups. He was a first-team All-Great West Conference selection as a junior, named to the second team as a sophomore and was an honorable mention as a freshman.
College Sports Madness also has announced its FCS All-American teams, placing Mustang senior cornerback Nico Molino on its second team.
Molino intercepted four passes this season, all in the first four games, including two thefts in the North Dakota contest Sept. 29.
Molino notched 66 total tackles this season, including 34 solo stops and 3.5 tackles for lost yardage. In addition, Molino broke up a team-leading 12 passes and forced a pair of fumbles.
In his three-year Mustang career since transferring from Northern Arizona, Molino earned 121 tackles (6.0 for lost yardage), 19 pass breakups and six interceptions.
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