USU's Williams and Davis Named Honorable Mention All-Americans By SI.com Tuesday
Dec. 11, 2012
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State seniors Kerwynn Williams and Will Davis were named honorable mention All-Americans by SI.com it was announced Tuesday. This is the second All-American honor for Davis in as many weeks as he was also named to the third-team by CBSSports.com on Dec. 3.
Williams joins Davis as the first Aggies to be named an All-American since Kevin Robinson in 2007. Davis is the first Utah State football player to be named an All-American on more than one list in the same year since Robinson was named to five All-American lists in 2007.
Overall, Davis and Williams are the 32nd and 33rd football players in Utah State history to earn All-America honors as USU has had a football player named an to one of the All-American teams 68 times in school history.
Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nevada (Valley HS), made the honorable mention list as an all-purpose runner. He ranks first in the Western Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0 pg) as well as first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing with 106.42 yards per game. On the season, Williams leads the team in rushing yards (1,277), rushing touchdowns (12), receiving yards (663), receptions (43), all-purpose yards (1,956) and scoring (102).
Davis, a 6-0, 186-pound senior defensive back from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/De Anza College), made the honorable mention list as a defensive back. He ranks first in the nation in passes defended (1.75 pg), second in the WAC and tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions (0.42 pg), and tied for 38th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg). On the season, Davis leads the team in passes defended (21), passes broken up (16) and interceptions (5), while ranking tied for fifth in tackles for loss (4.5) and eighth in overall tackles (56). Davis' five interceptions in 2012 are the most by an Aggie since 2003, while his five interceptions in as many games is the longest USU streak since 1973.
Utah State, who officially joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, concluded WAC play with an 11-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won each of its last six games to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history and tied for the seventh-longest active winning streak in the nation. In all, Utah State has now won 15 of its last 18 games to rank as the best 18-game stretch in school history since the 1962-64 teams also won 15 of 18 games.
Nationally, Utah State is one of just 22 teams with 10 or more wins on the season and USU is one of just four teams across the country who did not lose a league game joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference
Utah State, who is ranked 18th in the nation in this week's Associated Press top 25, 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings, will enter the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl with one of the best defenses at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level as it currently ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense (15.4 ppg), eighth nationally in sacks (3.25 pg), 12th in the country in rushing defense (111.4 ypg), 15th in the nation in total defense (322.7 ypg), 15th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (107.0), and 35th in the nation in passing defense (211.2 ypg).
Utah State's defense has also played exceptionally well in the first-half this year as it is out-scoring its opponents 131-6 in the first quarter and has a 244-54 scoring advantage in the first-half this season as it has scored first and led at the half in all but one game this year. Overall, USU is the only team in the nation who has not allowed a first quarter touchdown on the season.
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