Posted on December 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Five Washington State football players received All-Pac-12 Conference accolades led by senior safety Deone Bucannon earning first-team honors, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Redshirt-senior center Elliott Bosch, freshman wide receiver River Cracraft, senior kicker Andrew Furney and senior cornerback Damante Horton each received honorable mention.
Bucannon becomes the first Cougar to earn first team accolades since wideout Brandon Gibson in 2007 and the first defensive back since safety Eric Frampton in 2006. The Fairfield, Calif. native led the Pac-12 in tackles with 109, his second straight 100-tackle season, the most by a Cougar since James Darling’s 136 in 1996. Bucannon tied for the team lead and tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two, tallied 4.5 tackles-for-loss and registered four double-digit tackle performances. His 74 solo tackles are the tenth-most in the country this season. It is the second career all-conference honor for Bucannon after being named to the second team last season, he was also named a Freshman All-American in 2010. He owns the fourth-most tackles in WSU history (379) and is tied for the third-most interceptions in school history with 14.
Bosch earns his second straight All-Pac-12 honorable mention after starting all 12 games at center for the second consecutive year. The Spokane, Wash. native anchored an offensive line that blocked for the fifth-best passing attack in the country, setting Pac-12 and WSU single season records for passing attempts and completions while throwing for the most yards in school history.
Cracraft earns his first career all-conference accolade after making 37 receptions for 489 yards and two touchdowns. He started nine games as true freshmen and was second on the team averaging 13.2 yards-per-catch.
Furney receives his second career all-conference honor after earning a spot on the second team last season. The Burlington, Wash. native 15-of-19 on field goal attempts this season including 7-of-8 from inside 40 yards and 7-of-9 from 40-49 yards. Furney hit the game-winner from 41 yards to help the Cougars beat No. 25 USC for the first time since 2002 and he later recorded three makes in each of the wins over California and Utah. He owns the third-most makes (46) in school history, the third-most 50+ yard kicks (4) and second highest field goal percentage (76.6, 46-60) in school history.
Horton picks up his second career All-Pac-12 honorable mention honor, receiving the same recognition in 2011. The Oakland, Calif. native tied for the team-lead and was tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions, three he returned for touchdowns (USC, Southern Utah, Utah). Horton made 43 tackles and broke up three passes. He picked off two passes in the win at USC, one he returned 70 yards for a score before he later sealed the game with his second interception in the final minutes. Horton’s four career interception returns for touchdowns are a WSU record.