Abe Lucas was a coveted recruit coming out of Archbishop Murphy high school in Everett, but even the most optimistic fans have to be surprised by the incredible success he has found in his redshirt freshman season. Lucas came in as a 6-foot-7 256 pound defensive end as a recruit and is now a 6-foot-7 280 pound elite offensive tackle. On Wednesday USA Today named Lucas a 1st team freshman All-American after he received the same honor earlier in the week for the website The Athletic. Lucas also received 2nd team All Pac-12 for his performance as WSU’s protecting Gunner Minshew’s right side.
Lucas was a key to a much-improved Cougar offensive line that only surrendered one sack for every 57 pass attempts. Under new position coach Mason Miller the Cougar offensive line was a semifinalist for the Joe Moore award given to the best offensive line in the country.
Mike Leach talked to Theo Lawson of the Spokesman-Review about what Lucas brought to the table this year.
“WSU coach Mike Leach called Lucas “one of the best offensive lineman in the conference as a freshman,” and also noted “as long as we’re talking about ceilings, I don’t know where his ceiling is but it’s up there pretty good.”
Lawson points out that Lucas has a chance to extend WSU’s streak of All-American offensive lineman to a 5th year next season. I wouldn’t bet against it with this kid’s monster talent.
Abe Lucas named freshman All-American.
Three Cougars selected to All-America teams.