WVU's Austin named 1st-team AP All-American; Bailey 2nd-team
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Agent: Polamalu undecided whether to play in 2015
- Toddler found wandering alone in Bloomfield, grandmother arrested
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is planning a summer to remember
- Reports: Actor Ford seriously injured in small-plane crash in L.A.
- Pitt instructor witnesses history in China’s ‘Wasteland’
- Nonstop flights offered to Bahamas from Pittsburgh
- Starkey: In defense of Mel Kiper Jr.
- Spring training breakdown: Yankees 2, Pirates 1
- Mt. Lebanon deer-culling corrals sprayed with urine, repellent
- Stocks snap losing streak as ECB reveals stimulus start date
- NFL notebook: Raiders’ Jones-Drew retires; Woodley released