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Williams, Jackson Honored by College Sports Journal

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly slotback Deonte Williams and linebacker Kennith Jackson, both seniors, have been honored nationally by College Sports Journal.

Williams was placed on the publication's 2012 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team while Jackson (pictured at right) earned honorable mention praise.

It is the fifth All-American honor for Williams, who was a second-team honoree by Associated Press, Sports Network and Beyond College Sports and was named to the College Sporting News 2012 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-American Team earlier this week.

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.

Jackson also earned first-team All-Big Sky honors after finishing second on Cal Poly's tackles list for the fourth time in his Mustang career. He was chosen Cal Poly's defensive most valuable player by his teammates.

Jackson finished No. 5 on Cal Poly's career tackles chart with 302, including 97 this season. Jackson compiled 80 tackles as a junior in 2011, 67 as a sophomore in 2010 and 58 as a redshirt freshman in 2009.

Jackson also had six career interceptions, intercepting two passes 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.

Jackson notched a career-high 12 tackles against UC Davis in September and twice earned 10 tackles in a game this season.

Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, who finished as the runner up for the Walter Payton Award, was chosen as the offensive player of the year by College Sports Journal. Maysonet finished third nationally in rushing with an average of 151 yards per game and ended up with 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground.

The 5-foot-9, 205-pound rusher also had three catches for 43 yards and one TD and one kickoff return for a 75-yard score to finish fourth in scoring with 23 TDs and 138 points. Maysonet had nine games of 100 yards rushing and four of 200 or more, including 233 yards on 26 carries with two scores in a 27-21 win against Coastal Carolina.

Cornerback Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana was picked as the defensive player of the year while Walt Hameline was selected as the coach of the year after leading Wagner to their first FCS playoff berth and the Northeast Conference title.

The Southern Conference led all leagues with 14 selections on the team, while the Big Sky Conference was second with 11. Thirteen of the 14 FCS conferences were represented with players on the team, with the Pioneer Football League claiming three honorable mention selections.

Georgia Southern led all teams with four All-American selections while Appalachian State, Illinois State, Montana State and Tennessee State each placed three athlete each on the squad.

In all, 41 teams landed players on the 63-man team, representing the 63 scholarships allowed at the FCS level.

2012 College Sports Journal All-America Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Miguel Maysonet, Senior, Running Back, Stony Brook,
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior
Coach of the Year: Walt Hameline, Wagner
Lineman of the Year: Earl Watford, Senior, Tackle, James Madison
Special Teams Player of the Year: Patrick Murray, Senior, Kicker-Punter, Fordham
FCS Playoff Most Valuable Player: Marcus Williams, Junior, Cornerback, North Dakota State
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Sean Price, Redshirt Freshman, Wide Receiver, Appalachian State; John Robertson, Redshirt Freshman, Quarterback, Villanova

OFFENSE

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Sophomore
Quarterback John Robertson, Villanova, Freshman
Quarterback Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah, Senior
Quarterback/All-Purpose Back Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, Junior
Running Back Shakir Bell, Indiana State, Junior
Running Back Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, Senior
Running Back Deonte Williams, Cal Poly, Senior
Running Back Dominique Williams, Wagner, Junior
Running Back Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Sophomore
Fullback Eric Breitenstein, Wofford, Senior
Fullback Dominique Swope, Georgia Southern, Sophomore
All-Purpose Back Carlton Koonce, Fordham, Senior
Wide Receiver Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington, Junior
Wide Receiver Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Junior
Wide Receiver  Aaron Mellette, Elon, Senior
Wide Receiver Kevin Norrell, Stony Brook, Senior
Wide Receiver Sean Price, Appalachian State, Freshman
Wide Receiver Tyrone Walker, Illinois State, Senior
Tight End Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, Senior
Tight End J.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Sophomore
Tackle Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State, Senior
Tackle Danny Kistler, Montana, Junior
Tackle J.C. Tretter, Cornell, Senior
Tackle Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Junior
Guard Sean Davies, UC Davis, Senior
Guard Chris Elkins, Youngstown State, Junior
Guard Earl Watford, James Madison, Senior
Center Mike Sellars, The Citadel, Junior
Center Corey Howard, Central Arkansas, Senior

DEFENSE

Defensive End Mike Catapano, Princeton, Senior
Defensive End Zach Minter, Montana State, Senior
Defensive End Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State, Senior
Defensive End Brandon Thurmond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Senior
Defensive End Davis Tull, Chattanooga, Sophomore
Defensive End Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Junior
Defensive Tackle Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin, Senior
Defensive Tackle Caraun Reid, Princeton, Senior
Defensive Tackle Brent Russell, Georgia Southern, Senior
Defensive Tackle Jared Smith, New Hampshire, Senior
Inside Linebacker Aaron Archie, Indiana State, Senior
Inside Linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough, Appalachian State, Senior
Inside Linebacker Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Senior
Inside Linebacker Jody Owens, Montana State, Senior
Inside Linebacker Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Junior
Outside Linebacker Keith Pough, Howard, Senior
Outside Linebacker Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford, Junior
Outside Linebacker Jordan Tripp, Montana, Junior
Cornerback Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior
Cornerback Steven Godbolt, Tennessee State, Sophomore
Cornerback B.W. Webb, William & Mary, Senior
Cornerback Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Junior
Strong Safety Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State, Senior
Strong Safety J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern, Senior
Free Safety Ben Ericksen, Illinois State, Senior
Free Safety Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Sophomore

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kickoff Returner Jerodis Williams, Furman, Senior
Punt Returner Austin Shanks, Northern Arizona, Senior
Return Specialist Jesse Grandy, Central Arkansas, Senior
Kicker Jimmy Pavel, Eastern Washington, Senior
Kicker-Punter Sam Martin, Appalachian State, Senior
Kicker-Punter Patrick Murray, Fordham, Senior
Punter Jonathan Plisco, Old Dominion, Senior
Long Snapper Brandon Gabbard, Southeast Missouri State, Senior

Conference Breakdown

Big Sky (11): Sean Davies, UC Davis, Senior; Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington, Junior; Danny Kistler, Montana, Junior; Zach Minter, Montana State, Senior; Jody Owens, Montana State, Senior; Jimmy Pavel, Eastern Washington, Senior; Austin Shanks, Northern Arizona, Senior; Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State, Senior; Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah, Senior; Jordan Tripp, Montana, Junior; Deonte Williams, Cal Poly, Senior;

Big South (2): Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, Senior; Kevin Norrell, Stony Brook, Senior;

Colonial Athletic Association (7): Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Sophomore; Jonathan Plisco, Old Dominion, Senior; Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Junior; John Robertson, Villanova, Freshman; Jared Smith, New Hampshire, Senior; Earl Watford, James Madison, Senior; B.W. Webb, William & Mary, Senior.

Ivy League (4): Mike Catapano, Princeton, Senior; Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard, Senior; Caraun Reid, Princeton, Senior; J.C. Tretter, Cornell, Senior.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (1): Keith Pough, Howard, Senior.

Missouri Valley Football Conference (9): Aaron Archie, Indiana State, Senior; Shakir Bell, Indiana State, Junior; Chris Elkins, Youngstown State, Junior; Ben Ericksen, Illinois State, Senior; Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Junior; Tyrone Walker, Illinois State, Senior; Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Junior; Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Junior; Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Sophomore.

Northeast Conference (1): Dominique Williams, Wagner, Junior.

Ohio Valley Conference (6): Brandon Gabbard, Southeast Missouri State, Senior; Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State, Senior; Steven Godbolt, Tennessee State, Sophomore; Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin, Senior; J.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Sophomore; Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Junior.

Patriot League (3): Carlton Koonce, Fordham, Senior; Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Senior; Patrick Murray, Fordham, Senior.

Pioneer Football League (0): None.

Southern  Conference (14): Eric Breitenstein, Wofford, Senior; Jeremy Kimbrough, Appalachian State, Senior; Sam Martin, Appalachian State, Senior; Aaron Mellette, Elon, Senior; Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, Junior; Sean Price, Appalachian State, Freshman; Brent Russell, Georgia Southern, Senior; Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford, Junior; Mike Sellars, The Citadel, Junior; Dominique Swope, Georgia Southern, Sophomore; Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Sophomore; Davis Tull, Chattanooga, Sophomore; J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern, Senior: Jerodis Williams, Furman, Senior.

Southland Conference (4): Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior; Jesse Grandy, Central Arkansas, Senior; Corey Howard, Central Arkansas, Senior; Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State, Senior;

Southwestern Athletic Conference (1): Brandon Thurmond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Senior.

Honorable Mention By Position:
 
OFFENSE

Quarterback
Casey Brockman, Murray State, Senior
Colton Chapple, Harvard, Senior
Matt Brown, Illinois State, Senior
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Junior
Jeff Mathews, Colgate, Junior
Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Junior
DeNarius McGhee, Montana State, Junior
Wynrick Smothers, Central Arkansas, Junior

Running Back
Zach Bauman, Northern Arizona, Junior
Jamane Cook, Youngstown State, Senior
Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State, Junior
Jordan McCord, Colgate, Senior
Steven Miller, Appalachian State

Fullback
Jake Hess, Northern Arizona, Senior
Kendall Gaskins, Richmond, Senior
Darien Robinson, The Citadel, Junior

All-Purpose Back
Fabian Truss, Samford, Junior
Tyler Varga, Yale, Sophomore

Wide Receiver
Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky, Senior
Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Junior
Jordan Harris, Bryant, Junior
Nick Mayers, Old Dominion, Senior
Walter Powell, Murray State, Junior
Rico Richardson, Jackson State, Senior
Mike Rios, Marist, Senior
Cordell Roberson, Stephen F. Austin, Senior
Luke Tasker, Cornell, Senior

Tight End
Colin Anderson, Furman, Senior
Kevin Finney, Richmond, Senior
Kevin Marshall, Drake, Junior
McCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois, Sophomore

Tackle
Michael Bamiro, Stony Brook, Junior
Terren Jones, Alabama State, Senior

Guard
Steven Forgette, Eastern Washington, Junior
Ty Gregory, Wofford, Junior
Chris Howley, Maine, Senior

Center
Sherman Carter, Tennessee State, Senior
Shaun Sampson, Montana State, Senior
Jared Singleton, Wofford, Junior

DEFENSE

Defensive End
Frank Beltre, Towson, Senior
Ken Boatright, Southern Illinois, Senior
Michael Cole, Maine, Junior
Rakim Cox, Villanova, Junior
Willie Jefferson, Stephen F. Austin, Senior
Joseph Lebeau, Jackson State, Senior
Ben Obaseki, Indiana State, Senior

Defensive Tackle
Brandon Copeland, Penn, Senior
Cody Larsen, Southern Utah, Senior
Antoine Lewis, Villanova, Junior
Nicolas Williams, Samford, Senior

Linebacker
Matt Evans, New Hampshire, Senior
Kennith Jackson, Cal Poly, Senior
Grant Olson, North Dakota State, Junior
Tyler Starr, South Dakota, Junior
Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion, Senior
Paul Worrilow, Delaware, Senior

Cornerback
Charles James, Charleston Southern, Senior
Jordan Love, Towson, Junior
Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State, Senior
Dax Swanson, Sam Houston State, Senior

Strong Safety
Cooper Taylor, Richmond, Senior

Free Safety
Jordan Dangerfield, Towson, Senior
Dean Marlowe, James Madison, Sophomore

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker
Cameron Berra, Eastern Illinois, Junior
Josh Thiel, Saint Francis, Senior

Punter
Cass Couey, The Citadel, Senior
Mark Hamilton, Villanova, Junior
Colton Schmidt, UC Davis, Senior
Andy Wilder, Northern Arizona, Junior

Kick Returner
Colby Walden, Jacksonville, Senior

Punt Returner
Dominic Gunn, Northern Colorado, Senior

Long Snapper
Richard Wright, Liberty, Junior