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2012 AP All-American team: Ka'Deem Carey goes consensus

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey a consensus All-American after he made The Associated Press' first team.

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A week after CBS Sports released its unofficial All-American list that included Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey, the sophomore has landed on the more official Walter Camp Award first team, The Sporting News first team and on Tuesday, the Associated Press All-American first team.

Having earned three first-team selections with the Football Writers Association of America's All-American team coming out at the end of the week, Carey is already.a consensus All-American.

Readers here might wonder why this is even a conversation. But as you've seen from the college football awards as a whole, tradition often causes these selections to overlook winners. Whether it was Manti Te'o leading his team to No. 1 and missing on the Heisman to an offensive star in Johnny Manziel, or Carey himself not even appearing on the Doak Walker semifinalist list, there was always the chance that the Wildcat would go unrecognized.

Hence, why I wrote about the CBS selection being a big deal. Hence, why Kyle Kensing had to sift through the numbers to make sure he wasn't being biased in his vote for Carey as a Football Writers Association of America member.

Apparently, others agree with Carey's place, and it's a warm sign that playing for a 7-5 team didn't hurt him or lead voters believe those numbers anything other than talent.

Here's the full All-American first, second and third teams as voted by The Associated Press.

AP ALL-AMERICANS

FIRST TEAM


Offense

Quarterback - Johnny Manziel, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Texas A&M.

Running backs - Montee Ball, senior, 5-11, 215, Wisconsin; Ka'Deem Carey, sophomore, 5-10, 197, Arizona.

Tackles - Luke Joeckel, junior, 6-6, 310, Texas A&M; Taylor Lewan, junior, 6-8, 309, Michigan.

Guards - Chance Warmack, senior, 6-3, 320, Alabama; Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina.

Center - Barrett Jones, senior, 6-5, 302, Alabama.

Tight end - Zach Ertz, senior, 6-6, 252, Stanford.

Receivers - Marqise Lee, sophomore, 6-0, 195, Southern California; Terrance Williams, senior, 6-2, 205, Baylor.

All-purpose player - Tavon Austin, senior, 5-9, 171, West Virginia.

Kicker - Cairo Santos, junior, 5-8, 160, Tulane.

Defense

Ends - Jadeveon Clowney, sophomore, 6-6, 256, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State.

Tackles - Star Lotulelei, senior, 6-4, 320, Utah; Will Sutton, junior, 6-1, 267, Arizona State.

Linebackers - Manti Te'o, senior, 6-2, 255, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, junior, 6-3, 241, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, junior, 6-2, 232, Alabama.

Cornerbacks - Dee Milliner, junior, 6-1, 199, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, sophomore, 6-0, 172, Oregon State.

Safeties - Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State; Matt Elam, junior, 5-10, 202, Florida.

Punter - Ryan Allen, senior, 6-2, 215, Louisiana Tech.