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(Here's a version of the brief we put together for tomorrow's newspaper)
PULLMAN – Two Washington State football players were named second-team All Pac-12 yesterday.
Junior safety Deone Bucannon and junior kicker Andrew Furney were voted to the second team, though linebacker Travis Long, who is fifth in the conference with 9.5 sacks, was somewhat surprisingly named only as an honorable mention.
Long joined receiver Brett Bartolone, center Elliott Bosch, linebackers Cyrus Coen and Darryl Monroe, defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, cornerback Daniel Simmons and running back Teondray Caldwell on the honorable mention list.
USC receiver Marqise Lee was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Stanford’s David Shaw, who led the Cardinal to a 10-2 record and the Pac-12 North division championship, was named Coach of the Year.
Bucannon is tied for third in the Pac-12 with 8.8 tackles per game and finished the season with four interceptions, two off the conference lead. Furney, who was also named the special teams Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday, finished the season 14 of 20 on field-goal attempts. His 60-yard field goal was the longest in the Pac-12 this season.
Read on to see the full list of all-conference players.
FROM PULLMAN — It took roughly 30 minutes on Thursday for Washington State's defense to figure out how to properly execute what linebacker Travis Long calls “little things.”
Such as lining up properly.
“We just were able to take the corrections we made at halftime, put those onto the field,” Long said Monday. “We were able to line up and execute our calls. Usually, all day when we were doing that we were successful in stopping them.”
That was primarily in the second half, when the Cougars held BYU to just six points (two field goals) despite a couple of red-zone trips.
But before that, they'd surrendered 294 yards in the first half, allowing BYU to take a 24-6 halftime lead.
Part of the problem was caused by BYU's hurry-up offense, which didn't allow the Cougars to line up properly on a number of plays.
They'll have to respond faster against Eastern Washington, which throws the ball frequently and plays an up-tempo style of offense.
“Obviously they like to throw the ball a lot,” Long said. “That means we’re going to have to get after the quarterback and not let him get back there and put a strain on our secondary. That’s kind of on the front seven.”
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As first reported by Cougfan.com, linebacker Travis Long and defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi were arrested in separate incidents during the past three days. Here is a short item we filed for tomorrow's newspaper.