WVU's Austin named 1st-team AP All-American; Bailey 2nd-team
NEW YORK — West Virginia's Tavon Austin did a little bit of everything this season, and Tuesday the Associated Press All-American team took notice.
Austin was selected as the first-team all-purpose player, a perfect description of the senior speedster.
Austin was primarily a receiver and racked up 1,259 yards through the air. Late in the season, coach Dana Holgorsen used Austin as a running back, and against Oklahoma, he set a school-record with 344 yards rushing. He ranked second in the nation with 110 receptions and 230 all-purpose yards per game. He returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.
WVU junior receiver Stedman Bailey earned second-team honors after leading the nation with 23 touchdown receptions, along with 106 catches, fourth in the country.
No. 2 Alabama had four All-Americans, the most of any school.
No other team had more than two players selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.
Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Stanford and Florida were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te'o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team.
Alabama faces top-ranked Notre Dame in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.
Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.
Alabama center Barrett Jones, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones became two-time All-Americans.
Nine SEC players made the first team, more than any other conference. The Pac-12 was second with six. No other conference had more than two.
Barrett Jones was joined on the first team by Alabama teammates guard Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner.
Te'o, the Heisman finalist and winner of seven other awards is the first Notre Dame defensive player to be an AP All-American since defensive back Shane Walton in 2002.
Staff writer John Harris contributed.