Football: Cadet named third-team All-American

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The U.S. Air Force Academy z-back football player was named to the third-team All-America team as a specialist Nov. 29 by 

Senior Chad Hall is the first Air Force player to be named to an All-American team since offensive lineman Brett Huyser was named fourth-team All-America by The Sporting News in 2002. 

The Atlanta native established himself as one of the best players in college football with several highlights this season. His achievements this year include: 

-- Lead the Mountain West Conference and is 19th nationally in rushing (117.9 yards per game). 

-- Lead the conference and is tied for third nationally in all-purpose yards (208.7 per game). 

-- Lead the team in rushing yards (1,415), receiving yards (488), receptions (46), rushing touchdowns (14), all-purpose yards (2,504) and punt returns (12.6 yards per return). 

-- Only player in the nation to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards. 

-- Rushed for more than 100 yards in six of last seven games. 

-- In his last seven games, rushed for 1,257 yards and 11 touchdowns, and recorded 1,803 all-purpose yards while leading the Academy to a 6-1 record. 

-- In the last seven games, Hall has accounted for 62 percent of Air Force's rushing yards and 57 percent of the team's all-purpose yards. 

-- His 179.6 yards per game over the last seven contests is the second-best in the nation (Tulane's Matt Forte is averaging 214.1 per game since Oct. 6). 

-- His 6.9 yards per carry is the best in the nation over the last seven games among players with more than 900 yards. 

-- Has averaged 257.6 yards all-purpose, 8.1 yards per touch and 31.7 touches per game the last seven games. 

-- His seven-game rushing and all-purpose streaks are each the best in Air Force history. 

-- Set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 275 vs. Army, breaking his own record of 256 set earlier this season vs. Colorado State. 

-- Set the school record for all-purpose yards with 333 vs. Army. 

-- Owns four of the top six all-purpose single-game performances, including the school record of 333 vs. Army with 275 yards rushing, 19 receiving and 39 on returns. 

-- Most rushing yards all-time at the Academy in a season by a non-quarterback and is just 80 yards shy of the school record of 1,494 set by quarterback Beau Morgan in 1996. 

-- Three-time MWC Player of the Week selection (vs. UNLV, Colorado State and Army). 

-- AT&T All-America Player of the Week vs. Colorado State.

Air Force finished the regular season at 9-3 overall and placed second in the Mountain West Conference with a 6-2 mark. 

The Falcons will play in their first post-season bowl game since 2002 when the team plays in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 31 at 10:30 a.m. MT in Fort Worth, Texas. The team's opponent has not been determined. 

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