The Cadillac Named An All-American

Auburn, Ala.--Senior tailback Carnell Williams has been selected as a member of the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.

The Attalla, Ala., native helped lead the Tigers to a perfect 11-0 record in the regular season and their first berth in the SEC Football Championship Game since 2000. Williams has rushed for 1,004 yards so far this season, which marks his second consecutive season with moe than 1,000 yards rushing. He has share playing time at tailback with fellow senior Ronnie Brown.

Williams has scored 12 touchdowns this season, which ties him for the SEC lead in that category. The senior has also returned punts for the Tigers and averages 12.8 yards per return, which leads the SEC. He also leads the league in all-purpose yardage with 135.4 yards per game.

Williams considered entering the NFL Draft after his junior season, but decided to return for his senior season. "I feel like that's one of the best decisions I've made in my life to come back to Auburn University and be a part of this team," Williams says. "Just to be a part of what we're doing, the atmosphere and things like that. I'm very happy with the decision I made."

Williams has become one of the top running backs in Auburn's long history of talented runners.

The Cadillac says he is looking forward to a rematch with Tennessee on Saturday at the league championship game in Atlanta. Auburn won the regular season meeting 34-10 on Oct. 2nd in Knoxville.

"They are doing a lot of talking," Williams says of the Vols. "I know after the game they said they felt like the best team didn't win. They beat themselves. I think Burnett (linebacker Kevin Burnett) guaranteed they were going to play us again and beat us. I am just looking forward to it. All of that will be put to rest Saturday. The best team is going to win."

With the selection, the Cadillac becomes the 24th Auburn player to be honored by the AFCA and the third in four years. Linebacker Karlos Dansby was named to the team last season and kicker Damon Duval was selected in 2001.

Williams is the first Auburn tailback to be selected to the team since Brent Fullwood was honored in 1986.

Carnell Williams has been a large part of the Tigers' success this season.

The AFCA All-America team, which is comprised of 25 Division IA players, is selected exclusively by collegiate coaches. The selection committee is comprised of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine Division IA districts. The AFCA has been selecting All-America teams since 1945 and expanded the selections to its current 25-player team in 1997.

For his career, Williams has rushed for 3,670 yards, which is second in Auburn history behind Bo Jackson, who rushed for 4,303 yards from 1982-1985. The senior tailback, however, is atop the Auburn record list with 44 career touchdowns and 703 career rushing attempts. Williams is also second to Jackson's career scoring mark with 270 total points, but has a chance to eclipse the former Tiger's mark of 274 points in his final two games.

Williams and his third-ranked Tigers will head to Atlanta on Friday to face the 15th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome on Saturday. The Tigers and Volunteers are set to kick off at 5 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised by CBS.

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