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Bailey First Team All-American, Austin Misses Out


The latest All-America team's announcement will bring mixed emotions in the West Virginia football building. 

The Football Writers Association of America lists Stedman Bailey as a first team wide receiver, the first such honor for the junior on one of the five All-America teams recognized by the NCAA. 

Three wide receivers made the list because of "the talent and depth of the position," according to the FWAA, which dropped a tight end from its selection process. 

With his selection on the first team,  he joins teammate Tavon Austin as the two Mountaineers to receive that honor following WVU's 2012 regular season. 

Austin, however, was left off of the FWAA's team, which selects a return specialist. Had the senior do-everything made the team, he would have become West Virginia's first consensus All-American since running back Steve Slaton and center Dan Mozes achieved that status in the 2006 season. 

Austin was named to the American Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press All-America first teams as an all-purpose player, but that position does not exist on all of the lists, including the FWAA's. The FWAA does honor a punt returner and a kick returner. 

In his final season with WVU, Austin tallied 2,760 total yards with 17 touchdowns in roles as a receiver, running back and return specialist. 

Bailey had 106 catches for 1,501 yards and 23 receiving touchdowns, the best total mark in the nation.
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