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Williams (left) has been the top of a dominant RB class.
Could 2013 be the year of the running back?
All four of the AP’s selections for first and second team in the backfield could just as easily have been considered for the first team.
Andre Williams (329 carries, 2,102 yards, 17 touchdowns) and Ka’Deem Carey (322 carries, 1,716 yards, 17 TDs) were both shoo-ins for the first team. The former led the nation in rushing and helped Boston College record seven wins a year after winning just two, while the latter finished second and helped Arizona record an impressive upset of Oregon in Week 14.
The second team doesn't feature much of a drop-off with Tre Mason (283 carries, 1,621 yards, 22 TDs) and Bishop Sankey (306 carries, 1,775 yards, 18 TDs).
After a slow start, Mason turned his season around and was an integral part of Auburn’s run to the BCS title game. Meanwhile, Sankey helped Washington continue its upward momentum and put up numbers no matter what defense he faced.
It’s an impressive list that will leave many deserving running backs feeling snubbed, such as Todd Gurley, Carlos Hyde, Marion Grice and Tyler Gaffney among others.