Dec. 14, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University wide receiver Marquess Wilson has been named a First-Team Freshman All-American by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com and Phil Steele. Additionally, safety Deone Bucannon was a Freshman All-America honorable mention selection by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Wilson, from Tulare, Calif., made a strong case to be considered one of the top freshmen in the nation as he had 55 catches for 1,006 yards and six touchdowns this season. He led all freshmen nationally in receiving yards and was second among freshmen nationally in receptions per game. Wilson ranks 22nd among all FBS receivers in yards per game and is tied for 69th in receptions. He owns the school freshman record for receptions and became just the ninth Cougar, and first freshman, to record a season with 1,000 receiving yards. He ranks second in the Pacific-10 Conference in receiving yards/game and tied for eighth in receptions.
Wilson began his Cougar career with four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State. He posted a season-best 150 receiving yards and a touchdown at Stanford, one of five 100-plus yard receiving games, also a WSU freshman record. He had touchdown receptions in six different games and caught at least three passes in 11 contests, including a season-best seven against USC.
Bucannon, from Fairfield, Calif., led WSU in tackles with 84 for the season, to go with four tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and two inceptions. Though he did not become a regular in the starting lineup until midway through the season, Bucannon led all Pac-10 freshmen and finished 14th overall in tackles. He had back-to-back games where he registered 16 (Arizona) and 15 (Stanford) total tackles, the first mark setting a WSU freshman record with 14 solo tackles. He had three double-digit tackle games.