Barner joins all-American elite.
Bypassed Thursday for the Doak Walker Award, Oregon's Kenjon Barner settled for earning consensus all-America status during the college football awards show hosted by Walt Disney World in Florida.
Barner and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin were passed over for the Doak Walker in favor of Wisconsin's Montee Ball, who was also a finalist in 2011 when Trent Richardson of Alabama won.
LaMichael James was the third finalist last year, after winning in 2010, giving him the most prestigious individual award in UO history.
Ball is averaging 133.1 rushing yards per game with 21 touchdowns in 13 games this season. Barner is fifth nationally - two spots higher - with a 135.3-yard average, along with 21 touchdowns.
Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona leads the nation with 146.4 rushing yards per game. Franklin is ninth with 130.8 yards per game.
Barner didn't go home empty-handed, however.
Also Thursday, Barner was named an all-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Sporting News. On the heels of a similar honor from the American Football Coaches Association last week, Barner became the sixth consensus all-American in school history, joining halfback Mel Renfro (1962), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (2005), James and punt returner Cliff Harris in 2010, and James again in 2011.
Should Barner make the all-America teams voted on by The Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America, to be released next week, he would join James in 2010 as Oregon's only unanimous all-American.
With 1,624 rushing yards entering the Fiesta Bowl, Barner is fourth on the UO single-season record list; James ran for 1,805 yards in 2011, so Barner would need 182 against Kansas State on Jan. 3 to set a school record. Barner would reach second with 108, passing James in 2010 (1,731) and Jonathan Stewart in 2007 (1,722)
Barner ran for 198 yards in Oregon's Civil War win on Nov. 24, giving him 3,480 yards in his career to pass Derek Loville for second behind James on the Ducks' career record list.
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|Title Annotation:||Oregon Football; The Oregon running back makes two more national teams, making him the school's sixth consensus pick|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Dec 7, 2012|
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