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HCA: Two Cougs land on ESPN Mid-Season All-American list

We are at the halfway mark of the season, which Cougs made the cut.

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The college football season is officially six weeks in and with that, ESPN released their mid-season All-American list. Two familiar faces land on the list of 25 released on Monday as Cody O’Connell and Hercules Mata’afa earned their way into the roster.

Left guard Cody O’Connell has helped the offensive line give Cougar quarterbacks enough time to complete over 71% of their passes for 2,352 yards and throw for 22 touchdowns. O’Connell has been creating holes all over the place for the Cougar running backs as well as they have combined for just under 500 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

O’Connell became the second unanimous first team All-American for the Cougars last season and is already on his way to becoming earning that title once again.

On the other side of the ball ESPN awarded defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa. While leading the Pac-12 in both sacks and tackles for a loss, Mata’afa has also been the leading force for the Cougars Speed D. Last season he earned multiple first and second All-Pac-12 awards at the end of the season and Mata’afa is hoping to improve on those awards and earn himself All-American honors this season.

Other members of the Pac-12 that were named to this list include Stanford’s Bryce Love, Utah’s Matt Gay, and Washington’s kick returner Dante Pettis.



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