PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State senior safety Deone Bucannon has been named the winner of the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Elite Defensive Back Trophy, as announced by the organization.
Bucannon earned the award for his career as a Cougar defensive back. Bucannon led the Pac-12 Conference with 114 tackles, the most by a Cougar since James Darling made 136 stops in 1996. The Fairfield, Calif. native also tied for the conference lead with six interceptions, most by a Cougar since Erik Coleman’s seven in 2003, and owned team-highs of three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
He finished his career fourth in WSU history in career tackles (384), second in career solo tackles (268) and third with 15 career interceptions. He finished the season as the NCAA’s active career leader in solo tackles, tied for the lead in career interceptions and fifth in total career tackles. His 15 career interceptions are the most in Division I FBS college football.
Bucannon picked up a number of All-American honors this past season, earning First-Team All-America honors by the Associated Press, Second-Team All-America accolades by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, All-America Third Team honors by CBS Sports, All-America First Team by Athlon Sports, and Honorable Mention All-America from Sports Illustrated.
Bucannon is the first Cougar to earn CFPA postseason honors. Twenty-one CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.