MARCUS TRUFANT didn't do it. Neither did Erik Coleman. Or Jason David, Paul Sorensen or even legendary Bill Gaskins. Washington State senior safety Deone Bucannon officially joined the pantheon of all-time Cougar greats today when he was named first-team Associated Press All-America.
becomes the first Cougar to earn first-team AP honors since running back Jerome Harrison in 2005 and the first WSU defensive player since tackle Rien Long in 2002.
He also becomes only the third WSU defensive back to receive top honors from AP since it started picking All-America teams in 1925. The other Cougar DBs to earn first-team AP recognition were Clancy Williams in 1965 and Lamont Thompson in 2001.
The Associated Press All-America team has long been considered the premier list in the nation.
WSU's All-Time AP first-team All-Americans
Turk Edwards, tackle, 1930
Clancy Williams, back, 1964
Dan Lynch, guard, 1984
Mike Utley, guard, 1988
Jason Hanson, kicker, 1989
Lamont Thompson, safety, 2001
Rien Long, defensive tackle, 2002
Jerome Harrison, running back, 2005
2nd-Team AP choices: C Mel Hein-1930, HB George Sander-1932, FB Bob Kennedy-1942, WR Bill Steiger-1956, WR Hugh Campbell-1962, RB Rueben Mayes-1984, DE DeWayne Patterson-1994, QB Ryan Leaf-1997, OG Derrick Roche-2002, CB Marcus Trufant-2002, DE Mkristo Bruce-2006
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The honor comes on the heels of Bucannon earning third-team All-America plaudits yesterday from CBS Sports, and first-team honors from Athlon Sports and second-team from the Walter Camp Foundation last week.
Bucannon, who last month became the first Cougar to earn first-team All-Pac-12 accolades since wideout Brandon Gibson
in 2007 and the first WSU defensive back since safety Eric Frampton
in 2006, has a sensational senior campaign at Washington State, leading the conference in tackles this season with 109.
Bucannon, who never redshirted, also was among conference leaders in interceptions, with five. In addition, he forced three fumbles, recovered two, tallied 4.5 tackles-for-loss and registered four double-digit tackle performances. His 74 solo tackles are the tenth-most in the country this season.