Larry Rose III Named Third Team AP All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

JACKSON, MS - NM State football's Larry Rose III was selected to the Associated Press All-America Third Team, the association announced. He was the only Sun Belt Conference student-athlete chosen for this prestigious honor.

Rose III is the seventh Aggie to be named to an Associated Press All-America team and the first since Karl Dean in 1974 and 1975. Dean was also selected to the Third Team.

Two running backs were chosen for each of the three teams. Rose III joins sophomore Royce Freeman from Oregon on the Third Team. This award comes after Rose III was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year and placed on the All-Sun Belt First Team last week.

Rose III led the conference with 1,651 rushing yards and had 14 touchdowns on 240 carries. He is the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher for the Aggies since Denvis Manns (1995-98). The sophomore broke the all-time single season rushing record for NM State with his 191 yards against UL-Lafayette during week 10 of the season. He finished the year ranked No. 6 in the all-time single season rushing records for the Sun Belt Conference.

The Fairfield, Texas native had three 200-yard rushing games and seven 100-yard rushing games. Rose III racked up a career-high 260 rushing yards over New Mexico, but the highlight of his season was a 212-yard, four touchdown rushing performance against Idaho on Oct. 31. He scored two touchdowns in the final 3:56 of the game to force overtime and then added one touchdown in overtime to lift the Aggies to victory.

In addition to his rushing yards, Rose III ranked first in the conference in all-purpose yards with 1,934. He racked up four 200-yard all-purpose games and nine 100-yard all-purpose games. Following spectacular performances against Idaho and Texas State, Rose III earned back-to-back SBC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards.

Rose III also had 283 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 30 receptions. This included a flat-pattern pass, which he took 77-yards to the end zone at Texas State.

AP All-America First Team

Offense
QB - Deshaun Watson, sophomore, Clemson
RB - Derrick Henry, junior, Alabama
RB - Leonard Fournette, sophomore, LSU
OT - Taylor Decker, senior, Ohio State
OT - Spencer Drango, senior, Baylor
OG - Joshua Garnett, senior, Stanford
OG - Landon Turner, senior, North Carolina
C - Jack Allen, senior, Michigan State
WR - Corey Coleman, junior, Baylor
WR - Josh Doctson, senior, TCU
TE - Hunter Henry, junior, Arkansas
AP - Christian McCaffrey, sophomore, Stanford
PK - Ka'imi Fairbairn, senior, UCLA

Defense
DE - Shaq Lawson, junior, Clemson
DE - Carl Nassib, senior, Penn State
DT - A'Shawn Robinson, junior, Alabama
DT - Andrew Billings, junior, Baylor
LB - Reggie Ragland, senior, Alabama
LB - Tyler Matakevich, senior, Temple
LB - Jaylon Smith, junior, Notre Dame
CB - Desmond King, junior, Iowa
CB - Vernon Hargreaves III, sophomore, Florida
S - Jeremy Cash, senior, Duke
S - Vonn Bell, junior, Ohio State
P - Tom Hackett, senior, Utah.

AP All-America Second Team

Offense
QB - Baker Mayfield, junior, Oklahoma
RB - Dalvin Cook, sophomore, Florida State
RB - Ezekiel Elliott, junior, Ohio State
OT - Jack Conklin, junior, Michigan State
OT - Ronnie Stanley, senior, Notre Dame
OG - Sebastian Tretola, senior, Arkansas
OG - Pat Elflein, junior, Ohio State
C - Ryan Kelly, senior, Alabama
WR - Will Fuller, junior, Notre Dame
WR - JuJu Smith-Schuster, sophomore, USC
TE - Jake Butt, junior, Michigan
AP - Morgan Burns, senior, Kansas State
PK - Jake Elliott, junior, Memphis

Defense
DE - Joey Bosa, junior, Ohio State
DE - DeForest Buckner, senior, Oregon
OT - Robert Nkemdiche, junior, Ole Miss
OT - Sheldon Day, senior, Notre Dame
LB - Joe Schobert, senior, Wisconsin
LB - Kentrell Brothers, senior, Missouri
LB - Eric Striker, senior, Oklahoma
CB - Jourdan Lewis, junior, Michigan
CB - Jalen Ramsey, junior, Florida State
S - Trae Elston, senior, Ole Miss
S - Jayron Kearse, junior, Clemson
P - Drew Kaser, senior, Texas A&M

AP All-America Third Team

Offense
QB - Keenan Reynolds, senior, Navy.
RB - Royce Freeman, sophomore, Oregon
RB - Larry Rose III, sophomore, New Mexico State
OT - Jason Spriggs, senior, Indiana
OT - Vadal Alexander, senior, LSU
OG - Dan Feeney, junior, Indiana
OG - Joe Thuney, senior, NC State
C - Austin Blythe, senior, Iowa
WR - Laquon Treadwell, junior, Ole Miss
WR - Roger Lewis, sophomore, Bowling Green
TE - Austin Hooper, junior, Stanford
AP - Jakeem Grant, senior, Texas Tech
PK - Adam Schneider, sophomore, Oregon

Defense
DE - Shilique Calhoun, senior, Michigan State
DE - Myles Garrett, sophomore, Texas A&M
DT - Jonathan Bullard, senior, Florida
DT - Kenny Clark, junior, UCLA
LB - Su'a Cravens, junior, USC
LB - Blake Martinez, senior, Stanford
LB - Anthony Walker, sophomore, Northwestern
CB - Mackensie Alexander, sophomore, Clemson
CB - Shawun Lurry, sophomore, Northern Illinois
S - Eddie Jackson, junior, Alabama
S - Darian Thompson, senior, Boise State
P - Hayden Hunt, junior, Colorado State