Two Washington Huskies defensive players were selected first-team All-Pac-12 on Monday, and another two made the second team.
Sophomore safety Budda Baker and sophomore cornerback Sidney Jones were each voted to the first team by league coaches. Huskies senior linebacker Travis Feeney and senior defensive tackle Taniela Tupou were announced as second-team selections.
Six other Huskies also received honorable mention: freshman tailback Myles Gaskin; sophomore linebacker Azeem Victor; senior tight end Joshua Perkins; freshman nose tackle Greg Gaines; senior linebacker Cory Littleton; and junior cornerback Kevin King.
Baker and Jones’ selections mark the first time two UW defensive backs have been named first-team all-conference in the same season since 1978. Jones, a sophomore from Diamond Bar, California, is tied for the league lead in passes defended (13) and forced fumbles (3), ranks second in the Pac-12 in interceptions (4), and he’s scored two defensive touchdowns — a 70-yard fumble return against California, and a 69-yard interception return in the third quarter of Friday’s 45-10 win over Washington State in the Apple Cup.
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Baker, the star sophomore from Bellevue, finished the regular season with 42 tackles and two interceptions. Feeney, from his buck linebacker position, ranked third in the Pac-12 in sacks (7.0) and fourth in tackles for loss (15.5). Tupou, who prepped at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, started every game and had 4.5 tackles for loss.
Other awards were handed out to WSU coach Mike Leach, who was named co-coach of the year along with Stanford’s David Shaw, and Cougars quarterback Luke Falk, receiver Gabe Marks and left tackle Joe Dahl, who were each first-team selections. WSU defensive linemen Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo were named to the second team.