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Stop the presses! Cody O'Connell makes history, becoming WSU's first first-team All-American offensive lineman since 2002

STOP THE PRESSES! Cougar left guard Cody O’Connell has been named first-team All-American by Sporting News. The fourth-year junior becomes Wazzu’s first, first-team All-American offensive lineman since Derrick Roche in 2002.

O'Connell was a key protector for an offense that threw 613 passes this season. The 6-foot-8, 354-pounder is only going to get better,” writes Sporting News.

O’Connell is also WSU’s first Sporting News All-American o-lineman in two decades.  Scott Sanderson was named SN first-team All-America back in 1996.

O’Connell is in Atlanta for the Outland Trophy presentation today (4 pm, ESPN). He is one of three finalists for the award given to the nation’s best interior lineman: offense or defense.

O’Connell was named Pac-12 honorable mention when the conference handed out its awards last month

Sporting News is one of the five major All-America teams, along with Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Earlier this week he was named first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus while linemate Cole Madison was picked second team.

To be considered a consensus All-American a player must be named a first-team honoree by three of the organizations.  Selection to all five makes for the rarest of the rare: unanimous first-team All-American. Jason Hanson is the only unanimous first-team All-America choice in WSU history.

For the complete Sporting News All-American team, CLICK HERE

WSU’S 1ST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HISTORY IN THE O-LINE

Turk Edwards - 1930

Mel Hein - 1930

Harold Ahlskog – 1930

Laurie Niemi – 1948

Geoff Reece – 1974

Dan Lynch – 1984

Mike Utley – 1988

Scott Sanderson – 1996

Derick Roche – 2002

Cody O’Connell - 2016


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