Barner, Poyer named to AFCA All-America team

WACO, Texas — University of Oregon senior Kenjon Barner was named a first-team running back on the 2012 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, which was announced Wednesday.

Oregon State senior cornerback Jordan Poyer was also named to the first team, making him the first Beaver to earn such an honor since offensive tackle Andy Levitre in 2008.

It marks the third year in a row an Oregon running back has received the honor as Barner's former teammate, LaMichael James, was chosen to the team as a running back his sophomore season in 2010 before duplicating the feat as an all-purpose back a year ago.

He is joined in the backfield by Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and quarterback Tajh Boyd of Clemson.

Barner and Poyer were named to the Pac-12 Conference all-league first team earlier this week and Barner is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back.

Barner is also a finalist for the Walter Camp player of the year award along with USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

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