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West Virginia's Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey named AP All-Americans

A pair of West Virginia wide receivers earned AP All-American honors on Tuesday.

Justin K. Aller

The Associated Press released its 2012 All-American football teams Tuesday, and two West Virginia Mountaineer players - Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey - were honored with selections.

Austin earned First-Team honors as an all-purpose player. The senior ended the season with the nation's second-highest total of all-purpose yards per game (230) and receptions (110) while scoring 17 touchdowns, two coming via a kickoff and punt return.

Austin finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting thanks to totaling 2,760 yards in total offense.

Meanwhile, Bailey collected Second-Team honors after finishing the season with 106 receptions for 1,501 yards. As a wide receiver, Bailey tallied a nation-best 23 touchdowns.

The junior was a Fred Biletnikoff Award finalist, which goes to the nation's best wide receiver.

West Virginia (7-5) will play former long-time Big East Conference rival the Syracuse Orange (7-5) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29 (3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN). The Mountaineers (4-5) finished in eighth place in the Big 12 Conference standings.

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