SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams has been named to The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision All-American second team.
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 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.
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.
Last week, Williams was named to Beyond College Sports' All-American second team. On Nov. 20, he and senior linebacker Kennith Jackson became Cal Poly's first-ever All-Big Sky Conference first-team selections.
A year ago, Mustang fullback Jake Romanelli was named to The Sports Network All-American second team while cornerback Asa Jackson landed on the third team.
Six players repeated as first-team selections on The Sports Network FCS All- America Team, including Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein for the third straight year.
The other players returning to the first team for the second consecutive year were Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette, Georgia Southern nose tackle Brent Russell, New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans, Sam Houston State safety Darnell Taylor and North Dakota State cornerback Marcus Williams.
The Big Sky Conference led all FCS conferences in selections with 16 players honored, followed by the Southern Conference with 15, CAA Football with 12 and the Missouri Valley with 11.
Five Big Sky Conference players earned first-team honors: Montana State senior linebacker Jody Owens and senior defensive end Caleb Schreibeis, Southern Utah defensive tackle Cody Larsen, Northern Arizona punter Andy Wilder and Northern Colorado return specialist Dominic Gunn.
In addition to Williams, three members of the Eastern Washington Eagles were among the eight Big Sky players named to the second team: junior wide receiver Brandon Kaufman, kicker Jimmy Pavel, and cornerback T.J. Lee III were named to the second team.
UC Davis offensive lineman Sean Davies, Portland State linebacker Ian Sluss, Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp and Northern Arizona return specialist Austin Shanks also were named to the second team.
Northern Arizona fullback Jake Hess, North Dakota wide receiver/returner Greg Hardin and Montana defensive end Zach Wagenmann were named to the third team. Hardin was honored as an all-purpose player.
Cal Poly football is presented by French Hospital Medical Center.
2012 The Sports Network FCS All-America Team
With position, player, school, class, height, weight:
First Team - Offense
QB - Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, So., 6-1, 195
RB - Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, Sr., 5-10, 205; Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, So., 6-0, 215
FB - Eric Breitenstein, Wofford, Sr., 5-11, 230
WR - Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Jr., 5-10, 181; Aaron Mellette, Elon, Sr., 6-4, 220
TE - A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, So., 6-4, 245
OL - Michael Bamiro, Stony Brook, Jr., 6-8, 345; Mike Sellers, The Citadel, Jr., 6-0, 295; Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Jr., 6-6, 300; Earl Watford, James Madison, Sr., 6-4, 290; Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State, Jr., 6-7, 300
AP - Walter Powell, Murray State, Jr., 6-0, 180
PK - Patrick Murray, Fordham, Sr., 5-7, 160
KR - Jerodis Williams, Furman, Sr., 5-11, 195
First Team - Defense
DE - Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State, Sr., 6-3, 252; Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Jr., 6-4, 255
DT - Cody Larsen, Southern Utah, Sr., 6-4, 300; Brent Russell, Georgia Southern, Sr., 6-2, 300
LB - Matt Evans, New Hampshire, Sr., 6-0, 226; Jeremy Kimbrough, Appalachian State, Sr., 5-11, 240; Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Sr., 6-2, 230; Jody Owens, Montana State, Sr., 6-0, 223
DB - Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, So., 6-1, 220; Cooper Taylor, Richmond, Sr., 6-5, 235; Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State, Sr., 6-0, 195; Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, DB, Jr., 5-11, 194
P - Andy Wilder, Northern Arizona, Jr., 6-3, 205
PR - Dominic Gunn, Northern Colorado, Sr., 5-11, 170
QB - Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Jr., 6-2, 205
RB - Shakir Bell, Indiana State, Jr., 5-8, 185; Deonte Williams, Cal Poly, Sr., 5-10, 200
FB - Kendall Gaskins, Richmond, Sr., 6-1, 238
WR - Jordan Harris, Bryant, Jr., 6-2, 215; Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington, Jr., 6-5, 215; Kevin Norrell, Stony Brook, Sr., 5-10, 200
TE - Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, Sr., 6-3, 240
OL - Aaron Adams, Eastern Kentucky, Sr., 6-5, 295; Sean Davies, UC Davis, Sr., 6-4, 297; Dakota Dozier, Furman, Jr., 6-4, 291; Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State, Sr., 6-7, 320; Corey Howard, Central Arkansas, Sr., 6-1, 290
AP - Tyler Varga, Yale, So., 5-11, 220
PK - Jimmy Pavel, Eastern Washington, Sr., 5-11, 195
KR - Fabian Truss, Samford, Jr., 5-9, 190
Second Team - Defense
DE - Brandon Thurmond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Sr., 6-2, 260; Davis Tull, Chattanooga, So., 6-3, 230
DT - Montori Hughes, UT Martin, Sr., 6-4, 330; Caraun Reid, Princeton, Sr., 6-2, 305
LB - Keith Pough, Howard, Sr., 6-3, 225; Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Jr., 5-11, 220; Ian Sluss, Portland State, Sr., 6-0, 225; Jordan Tripp, Montana, Jr., 6-4, 244
DB - Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 5-11, 185; Steven Godbolt III, Tennessee State, So., 6-1, 180; T.J. Lee III, Eastern Washington, Jr., 5-9, 170; B.W. Webb, William & Mary, Sr., 5-11, 180
P - Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, Jr., 6-2, 185
PR - Austin Shanks, Northern Arizona, Sr., 5-8, 185
Third Team - Offense
QB - Casey Brockman, Murray State, Sr., 6-2, 220
RB - Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, Jr., 5-9, 210; Jordan McCord, Colgate, Sr., 5-11, 210
FB - Jake Hess, Northern Arizona, Sr., 5-10, 227
WR - Sean Price, Appalachian State, Fr., 6-5, 210; Quentin Sims, UT Martin, Sr., 6-3, 202
TE - MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois, So., 6-3, 247
OL - Garrett Frye, Georgia Southern, So., 6-4, 257; Terrance Hackney, Bethune- Cookman, So., 6-6, 310; Kaleb Hopson, Sam Houston State, Sr., 6-6, 300; Terren Jones, Alabama State, Sr., 6-7, 334; Ryan Risch, Colgate, Sr., 6-5, 303; J.C. Tretter, Cornell, Sr., 6-4, 295
AP - Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Jr., 5-11, 168
PK - Ernie Collins, San Diego, Sr., 6-2, 240
KR - Carlos Anderson, Northern Iowa, Sr., 5-8, 172; Colby Walden, Jacksonville, Sr., 5-11, 185
Third Team - Defense
DE - Frank Beltre, Towson, Sr., 6-2, 225; Mike Catapano, Princeton, Sr., 6-4, 270; Nolan Nearhoff, Robert Morris, Sr., 6-2, 250; Zach Wagenmann, Montana, So., 6-4, 240
DT - Chris Burnette, Old Dominion, Sr., 6-4, 290; Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State, Jr., 6-4, 255; Jared Smith, New Hampshire, Sr., 6-3, 300
LB - Seth Allison, Central Arkansas, Sr., 5-11, 195; Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, So., 5-10, 205; Dorian Bell, Duquesne, Jr., 6-1, 234; Wes Dothard, Chattanooga, Jr., 6-1, 235; Blake Peiffer, Southeast Missouri State, Sr., 6-1, 225; Paul Worrilow, Delaware, Sr., 6-0, 230
DB - Jordan Dangerfield, Towson, Sr., 5-11, 200; Ben Ericksen, Illinois State, Sr., 6-1, 200; Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-0, 185; Kejuan Riley, Alabama State, Sr., 6-2, 208; Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, So., 6-0, 214; Johnny Towalid, Indiana State, Sr., 5-11, 170
P - Sam Martin, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-1, 205
PR - Jesse Grandy, Central Arkansas, Sr., 5-11, 165