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Dec 28, 2012 9:03 PM by Bill Halter

Williams selected for All-Star game

Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Football Game. The game is on Friday, January 11 in Tucson, Arizona. It will feature over 70 seniors from colleges throughout the country, mostly at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. The game is set to kick-off at 6:00pm and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Williams is one of three Big Sky Conference players chosen in the initial list of 64 invitees. The others are Montana State defensive tackle Zach Minter and Portland State kicker Zach Brown. More players are expected to be added in the coming days. The rosters include 15 players from Pac-12 schools and three from the Big Ten along with several other players from FBS bowl teams.

Williams (5-10, 200) is the 11th Mustang in the last 11 years selected to play in a postseason all-star game.

Williams has earned numerous postseason honors, including second-team Associated Press, second-team The Sports Network and second-team Beyond College Sports All-American honors.

Williams rushed for 1,506 yards and 12 touchdowns as the Mustangs finished 9-3. He surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing 10 times including a season-high 188 yards against UC Davis.

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.

Williams' rushing total is number two on Cal Poly's all-time single-season list, falling 72 yards short of Noble's school record of 1,578 yards, set 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. There were 20 players on the watch list.

Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson played in the 2012 Senior Bowl while wide receiver Ramses Barden competed in the 2009 Senior Bowl. Both Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) and Barden (New York Giants) are currently playing in the National Football League.

Three former Mustangs played in the East-West Shrine Classic -- linebacker Jordan Beck in 2005, defensive end Chris Gocong in 2006 and linebacker Kyle Shotwell in 2007.

Offensive lineman Ben Cobian played in the 2005 Las Vegas All-American Classic while cornerback David Richardson and punter Gilbert Rocha were selected to play in the 2004 game. Cornerback Vaughn Jarrett and offensive tackle Brett Nichols played in the 2003 event, then known as the Paradise Bowl.

The lone Mustang to play in an all-star football game prior to 2003 was Stan Sheriff in the 1954 East-West Shrine Classic.

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