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Seven Cougs named to PFF All-Pac-12 teams: WSU quartet named first-team, three others second-team

A QUARTET OF COUGARS have been named Pro Football Focus First-Team All-Pac-12 . Three others from Washington State were also named PFF second-team.

Wide receiver Gabe Marks, right tackle Cole Madison, left guard Cody O'Connell and defensive end Hercules Mata'afa (pictured above) were first-team selections.  QB Luke Falk, RG Eduardo Middleton and special teamer Nnamdi Oguayo were named second-team all-conference by PFF.

“The Washington State Cougars’ offensive line ranked No. 2 in the Power-5 in pass blocking efficiency and tackle Cole Madison is a large reason why,” writes PFF. “Madison’s 98.4 pass blocking efficiency percentage rank No.4 among Power-5 offensive tackles. Bolles is a people-mover and had the highest run blocking grade of any tackle in the Power-5.

“Cody O’Connell capped off a dominant campaign with a PFF All-American first-team selection. O’Connell only surrendered one sack, one hit and three hurries on 591 pass blocking snaps, his 99.3 pass blocking efficiency ranks No. 1 among Power-5 guards.

“Gabe Marks has 13 receiving touchdowns and his WR rating of 122.1 ranks No. 23 in the Power 5.

“Mata’afa has played at a high level all year despite weighing only 260 pounds, which is very light for an interior defensive linemen. Mata’afa used his quickness and high motor to beat his opponent and routinely disrupt plays. Mata’afa has four sacks, 14 hits, 31 hurries and his 11.0 pass rushing productivity ranks No. 8 among Power 5 defensive tackles. He was also a productive run defender and his 9.3 run stop percentage ranks No. 20 among Power 5 defensive tackles.”

For PFF’s All-Pac-12 team, CLICK HERE

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