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Grimes named I-AA All-America

William and Mary standout Jonathan Grimes has been selected as a first-team All-American by the Associated Press as an all-purpose player.

Grimes’ selection marks the third consecutive season that a Tribe player has garnered AP All-America honors, as punter David Miller (2010) and defensive end Adrian Tracy (2009) earned the distinction previously.

Honored as the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Year, Grimes also earned first-team all-conference accolades as a running back and third-team distinction as a kick returner this fall. With the honors, he increased his career total of all-league awards to 11 and is now the most-decorated player in CAA history.

In addition to the All-CAA accolades, Grimes finished as the runner-up for the Dudley Award, which is awarded to the state’s top Division I football player. He was also chosen as the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Division I Special Teams Player of the Year

One of the nation’s top players this fall, Grimes led the country with 228.2 all-purpose yards per game and led the CAA and ranked sixth nationally with 130.1 rushing yards per game en route to finishing fourth in voting for the Payton Award. The Palmyra, N.J., native set single-season school records with 2,510 all-purpose yards, 1,431 rushing yardsand 817 kickoff return yards. Grimes rushed for more than 130 yards in six of eight conference games this season – highlighted by three consecutive 200+yard games to close out the fall.

One of the greatest players inschool history, Grimes finished his career as W&M’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,541), all-purpose yards (7,955), kickoff return yards (2,289) and rushing attempts (936). Additionally, he ranks third on the CAA’s career all-purpose yards list and sixth on the league’s career rushing yards list.