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07/22/2015: NMSU football player Larry Rose (Photo by Darren Phillips)

NM State football’s Larry Rose III was selected to the Associated Press All-America Third Team, the association announced. He was the only Sun Belt Conference student-athlete chosen for this prestigious honor.

Rose III is the seventh Aggie to be named to an Associated Press All-America team and the first since Karl Dean in 1974 and 1975. Dean was also selected to the Third Team.

Two running backs were chosen for each of the three teams. Rose III joins sophomore Royce Freeman from Oregon on the Third Team. This award comes after Rose III was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year and placed on the All-Sun Belt First Team last week.

Rose III led the conference with 1,651 rushing yards and had 14 touchdowns on 240 carries. He is the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher for the Aggies since Denvis Manns (1995-98). The sophomore broke the all-time single season rushing record for NM State with his 191 yards against UL-Lafayette during week 10 of the season. He finished the year ranked No. 6 in the all-time single season rushing records for the Sun Belt Conference.

The Fairfield, Texas native had three 200-yard rushing games and seven 100-yard rushing games. Rose III racked up a career-high 260 rushing yards over New Mexico, but the highlight of his season was a 212-yard, four touchdown rushing performance against Idaho on Oct. 31. He scored two touchdowns in the final 3:56 of the game to force overtime and then added one touchdown in overtime to lift the Aggies to victory.

In addition to his rushing yards, Rose III ranked first in the conference in all-purpose yards with 1,934. He racked up four 200-yard all-purpose games and nine 100-yard all-purpose games. Following spectacular performances against Idaho and Texas State, Rose III earned back-to-back SBC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards.

Rose III also had 283 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 30 receptions. This included a flat-pattern pass, which he took 77-yards to the end zone at Texas State.

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