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AP All-American Football Team Features Three Pac-10 Players

The college football awards continue to roll-out ahead of bowl season, with All-American teams taking center stage this week. The AP All-American team features not one, not two, but three Pac-10 players this year, headlined by Oregon running back LaMichael James. In 11 games, James rushed for 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns, leading the Ducks to a No. 2 ranking in the BCS and a date with the Auburn Tigers with the BCS National Championship on the line.

Oregon State defensive lineman Stephen Paea joins James on the AP All-American team after winning the Pac-10 defensive player of the year in 2010. Paea finished his senior season with 45 tackles and six sacks while anchoring the Beavers' defensive line.

Last, but not least, Stanford offensive lineman Chase Beeler picked-up All-American honors. The senior center anchored a physical, smash-mouth offensive line that was pivotal in Stanford's run to a BCS bowl game in 2010. A transfer from Oklahoma, Beeler has been a mainstay on the Cardinal's powerful offensive.

Overall, the Big 12 boasts nine All-Americans, easily the most of any conference. The SEC has five, followed by the Big Ten (four) and the ACC (three).

For the full check out SB Nation's AP All-American football team StoryStream.