Bucannon named AP first team All-American

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Adding to the long list of awards WSU safety Deone Bucannon already has on his shelf, he brought home another very prestigious one. We take a look forward at what his chances are for the NFL draft and back at how he left a mark on college football. Literally.

He's already All-Pac-12 first team from Pac-12 coaches, second team All-American from Athlon Sports and Walter Camp, third team All-American from CBS Sports, an honorable mention All-American from Sports Illustrated and a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, but today, Deone Bucannon adds to that pretty incredible list with Associated Press First-Team All-American.

He's the first Cougar on the AP first team since Jerome Harrison in 2005 and the first defensive player on the first team since Rien Long in 2002. It was a pretty amazing year for the senior who put himself in a great position to be noticed by the NFL. Multiple sites rank Bucannon near the top of their mock drafts in the safety position. CBS Sports has him as the number one strong safety and the 53 best prospect overall. NFL Draft Scout also puts him as the number one ranked strong safety but they have him as the 56th best overall. SBNation didn't separate the safety positions, but still ranked him as the seventh best safety available. This Saturday will be his last game in a Cougar uniform and one of his last games (besides the senior bowl) to make a mark on NFL scouts.

Speaking of making a mark, Bucannon had a knack for doing that to other players. To honor his tremendous senior season, I went back through the GIF archives and I am proud to present some of his greatest "hits":

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For more on Deone Bucannon, the Cougars official site has a great article on him, we talked about a great highlight video from his senior season here, and Brian Floyd had a tremendous retrospective on how he grew into the player he is now here.

Football

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WSU faces Colorado State Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl on ESPN.

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The Colorado State quarterback from Vancouver hopes to be the conduit between his father, Brad, and his uncle, Dan, a former All-Pac-10 linebacker at WSU who have had a rocky relationship for years. The brothers plan to be at the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque on Saturday when CSU plays Washington State.

Basketball

Cougar Men Host Gators at Kennewick Wednesday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State University men's basketball (5-4) has a short turnaround as it heads to Kennewick, Wash., to host San Francisco State (4-2), Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Toyota Center.

Cougar Women Host UC Riverside Wednesday In Tri-Cities - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU hosts UC Riverside Wednesday in Kennewick, Wash. at 4 p.m.

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