The second-leading single-season rusher in Cal Poly history, senior slotback Deonte Williams, was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America football team Wednesday, becoming the first Mustangs player to be honored as highly by the organization since 2008.
A second-team selection, Williams rushed for 1,506 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading Cal Poly (9-3) to its first FCS playoffs appearance under fourth-year head coach Tim Walsh.
Cornerback Asa Jackson, who was a third-team pick as a senior last season, is the only other AP All-American under Walsh at Cal Poly.
In 2008, the last time the Mustangs made the playoffs before this year, receiver Ramses Barden and offensive lineman Stephen Field, a former Arroyo Grande High standout and current coach with the Eagles, were both first-team selections by the AP.
James Noble holds the school’s all-time single-season rushing record with 1,578 yards in 2005.
But Williams, who rushed for 100 yards or more in 10 of 12 games this season, had six straight triple-digit games to break Antonio Warren’s program-record streak of five (1995-96). Williams’ ten 100-yard games this season is two more than the old school record set by Noble 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.
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.
The first-team honorees include Montana State senior linebacker Jody Owens and senior defensive end Caleb Schreibeis along with Eastern Washington senior offensive lineman Will Post.