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Upon further review, Ka’Deem Carey confirmed as consensus All-American

Ka'Deem Carey

Three All-American awards were enough to put Ka’Deem Carey over the top. Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

ALBUQUERQUE — For a while on Friday morning, nobody seemed quite sure about Ka’Deem Carey’s status as a consensus All-American.

The Football Writers Association of America announced their All-America team on Friday, the last of the five postseason teams officially recognized by the NCAA. The FWAA selected Oregon’s Kenjon Barner and UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin as its first-team running backs.

It has been reported (including in this space) that being mentioned on three of the five official All-America teams qualifies a player to be a consensus All-American. Not quite. What needs to happen is for the top players at the position — one for quarterback, two at running back, two at receiver, etc. — to have more mentions than the others.

Barner led the way with four first-team honors. Carey and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball each had three. Franklin had one. (The total adds up to 11 because the Walter Camp Football Foundation picked three first-team running backs.)

With no second-team selection to break the tie between Carey and Ball, who gets to be a consensus All-American with Barner?

Arizona checked and got a reply from the NCAA. Both of them do.

So, it’s officially official. Carey is the 11th consensus All-American in school history.

Here is the breakdown of the running backs on the five official All-America teams:

Montee Ball x x   x  
Kenjon Barner x x x   x
Ka’Deem Carey   x x x
Jonathan Franklin         x

AFCA = American Football Coaches Association
WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation
SN = The Sporting News
AP = Associated Press
FWAA = Football Writers Association of America

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