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Eight Cougars earn All-Pac-12 honors, Mazza named to first team

First: All-Pac-12 first team. Next: Lou Groza award?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 27 Washington State at Stanford Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Earlier this month Blake Mazza became the first Lou Groza Award finalist in WSU football history. On Tuesday, the redshirt-sophomore kicker picked up another major honor.

The Pac-12 announced their 2019 all-conference teams on Tuesday and Mazza was the only WSU Cougar to earn a first-team selection. Three more Cougs earned second-team selections, while four other players picked up honorable mention honors, bringing the full number to eight.

For Mazza, it’s the first all-conference honor of his career. He finished the regular season tied for sixth in the country in total points (112) and 10th in the country with 20 made field goals. He’ll learn whether or not he’ll bring home the Groza on Thursday during ESPN’s College Football Award Show.

Quarterback Anthony Gordon and lineman Abe Lucas were named to the All-Pac-12 second-team, along with linebacker Travion Brown, who earned a nod as a special teams/all-purpose player.

Of course, the big name on the second team for the Cougs is redshirt-senior quarterback Gordon. He set program and conference single-season records with 5,228 passing yards and 45 touchdowns. He also leads the country in four different major offensive categories including passing yards per game (435.7).

Four players received honorable mention honors: sophomore running back Max Borghi, redshirt-junior offensive lineman Josh Watson, redshirt-senior wide receiver Easop Winston and redshirt-junior linebacker Jahad Woods.

Outside of Washington State, the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year award was given to Utah running back Zack Moss, while Cal linebacker, and Spokane native, Evan Weaver was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Here’s a link to the full list of 2019 Pac-12 honors.


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