From Pullman -- Chalk up another award for Washington State safety Deone Bucannon. Today, the Associated Press announced their All-American teams and the WSU senior made First-Team. He becomes the first Cougar to earn AP First-Team All-American honors since running back Jerome Harrison in 2005, and just the second safety to do so (Lamont Thompson also did it in 2001).
Bucannon and the Cougars are on their way to Albuquerque for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl after finishing up a brief practice this morning.
Read about WSU's short morning practice after the jump.
The Cougars left for the airport shortly after practice today so we were not able to speak with any players or coaches. Much of the day was devoted to special teams, with Wes Concepcion hitting punts of 40 and 45 yards while Mike Bowlin boomed one over return man Gabe Marks' head that traveled 60 yards. Concepcion also had a punt blocked.
The team did do some light 11 on 11 work and there was some shuffling along the offensive line with Joe Dahl taking snaps at left tackle and Gunnar Eklund moving inside to left guard. Offensive line coach Clay McGuire said earlier in the year that he likes to occasionally move people around on the line to build depth and give guys different looks.
Theron West saw some action at running back with the second team, while BUCK Kache Palacio recorded a pair of sacks on freshman quarterback Tyler Bruggman.