Two Cougs named first-team All-Pac-12

SENIORS GABE MARKS AND SHALOM LUANI were named first-team All-Pac-12 on Tuesday. In all, Washington State placed 10 on the All-Pac-12 list with two first-teamers, a pair of second-teamers and six honorable mention selections.

Marks has 85 receptions for 867 yards with 13 TDs headed into the Cougs' bowl game. He became the all-time receptions leader in the 101-year history of the Pac-12 earlier this season.  Marks has 312 career catches and 37 career TD receptions, second all-time in the Pac-12.. And Marks will leave WSU as its all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, multiple touchdown games and games with 10-plus catches. Marks was selected to the All-Pac-12 first-team for the second straight year, becoming the first Cougar to do so since offensive lineman Derrick Roche in 2001-02.

Luani, a safety and heart and soul of the 2016 Cougar D, is Washington State's first All-Pac-12 first-team defensive back since Deone Bucannon in 2013.  Luani finished the regular season tied for second in the conference with four interceptions. He's posted 58 tackles in 11 games, including 8.5 for loss and six pass breakups.  He was named honorable mention last season, his first in a Cougar uniform.

QB Luke Falk and DE Hercules Mata’afa were named second-team All-Pac-12.  

Honorable mentions went to WR River Cracraft, OL Cole Madison, RB Jamal Morrow, OL Cody O’Connell, LB Peyton Pelluer and C Riley Sorenson.

O’Connell is among the three finalists for the Outland Trophy.

Of the 27 first-team selections, 11 are seniors, 12 are juniors and four are sophomores. The All-Pac-12 team is selected by the Pac-12 head football coaches.

Washington placed the most players on the first team with nine. USC followed with four (Adoree’ Jackson accounting for two spots) while UCLA and Utah had three. Washington State, Colorado and Stanford each had two first team selections. ASU had one.

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