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Pac-12 Releases All-Conference Honors; 6 Washington Huskies on 1st-Team

The Washington Huskies had the most dominant defense in the Pac-12 and it showed on Tuesday as the conference released their all-conference teams. 6 Huskies including 4 members of the defense made the 1st-team while another three Huskies qualified for the 2nd team. 4 players received honorable mentions. With the expectation that Taylor Rapp and Byron Murphy are possible early entrant candidates for the NFL Draft it means that only Nick Harris, Myles Bryant, and Elijah Molden of the 13 Huskies named are expected to return next season. Last season 16 Huskies made 1st/2nd/HM and 11 of them returned for this year.

Edit 5:35 PM– Ben Burr-Kirven was named the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. It is the 2nd straight year that a Husky has won the award following DT Vita Vea last season. BBK led the country with 165 total tackles (14 more than the next best) and chipped in with 1 sack, 4 forced fumbles, 2 INTs, and 6 PBUs.

1st-Team Huskies

OL Nick Harris, Jr

OL Kaleb McGary, RSr

DL Greg Gaines, RSr

LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr

DB Taylor Rapp, Jr

DB Byron Murphy, RSo

2nd-Team Huskies

RB Myles Gaskin, Sr

DB Myles Bryant, Jr

DB Elijah Molden as specialist for ST coverage, So

Honorable Mention Huskies

QB Jake Browning, Sr

DL Jaylen Johnson, Sr

DB JoJo McIntosh, Sr

TE Drew Sample, Sr

Taylor Rapp and Kaleb McGary both repeated on the 1st-team. Meanwhile, Greg Gaines and BBK both upgraded from 2nd to 1st-team from 2017 to 2018.

The 9 combined players on the 1st and 2nd-team was 2nd in the conference behind Utah who had 13 players in total including 9 on the 1st-team alone. Although it helped that they had 3 of the 4 1st-teamers in ST.

Total 1st/2nd/Honorable Mention Players by School (1st, 2nd in parentheses)

Utah- 17 (9, 4)

Washington- 13 (6, 3)

Stanford- 13 (2, 6)

Washington State- 12 (2, 2)

Oregon- 11 (2, 3)

USC- 10 (0, 5)

Arizona State- 8 (2, 2)

UCLA- 7 (1, 1)

Colorado- 7 (1, 0)

California- 6 (1, 1)

Arizona- 5 (1, 0)

Oregon State- 4 (0, 0)

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