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January 21, 2013

Senior Slotback Deonte Williams Honored on CSN Fabulous Fifty

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams has been named to the College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-American Team.

It is the fourth All-American honor for Williams, who was a second-team honoree by Associated Press, Sports Network and Beyond College Sports.

The Fabulous Fifty squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. It includes everything from quarterbacks, who can run or pass and often-overlooked fullbacks, to long snappers and other special teams performers. The Fabulous Fifty also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.

Williams, who played in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Arizona, on Jan. 11, was named Cal Poly's most valuable player at a team awards banquet Jan. 13.

The 11th Mustang in the last 11 years selected to play in a postseason all-star game, Williams rushed for 1,506 yards, 72 yards short of the school record, and 12 touchdowns last fall en route to first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors.

The 2008 Pleasant Grove High School (Elk Grove, Calif.) graduate led Cal Poly to a 9-3 record and, in its first season in the Big Sky, a share of the conference championship 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.

Last Mustang to land on the Fabulous Fifty was wide receiver Ramses Barden, who earned the award three times from 2006-08.

Including honorable mentions, a total of 61 players and three coaches were selected from 43 teams and 12 conferences. Eastern Washington led the way with five honorees while 15 other teams had multiple selections. The Big Sky Conference led the way among all FCS conference with 14 selections.