Nov. 27, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior quarterback Alex Brink heads a list of five Washington State representatives on the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Football Team, it was announced recently.
Brink, a Eugene, Ore. native, maintains a 3.54 grade point average in sport management while studying in the honors program. This season Brink has thrown for 3,117 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 60.9 percent of his passes. He was named the Pac-10 offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a season-high 405 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-15 win at UCLA. That followed a 20-of-23 performance in an upset over No. 16 Oregon where Brink completed his final 17 passes, a Cougar record.
Earlier this month Brink was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first team. He currently leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 242.3 yards per game and is second in passing average.
Alfred earned his first All-Pac-10 academic honor on the strength of his 3.23 grade point average in English. Alfred, a redshirt freshman from Gig Harbor, assumed the starting center spot in the season's fourth game at Stanford and maintained it the rest of the season, helping the Cougars to average 388.1 yards of total offense per game.
Collins, a redshirt junior from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., was as honorable mention selection for the second consecutive season. Collins, a marketing major with a 3.42 GPA, was one of the Cougars' most versatile players this season. He has caught 22 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns, rushed five times for five yards, scoring two touchdowns. On special teams he registered 13 tackles and forced a fumble.
Gibson, a sophomore from Puyallup, was named to the All-Academic team for the first time. He has yet to declare his major but boasts a 3.14 GPA. As a receiver Gibson had a breakout season, registering 49 catches for a team-high 731 yards with four touchdowns. He was at his best late in the season when the WSU were hurt by injuries as he averaged 6.5 catches and 98.0 yards per game over the final four contests. That included four touchdowns, including a season-high two at UCLA.
Langley was named to the All-Academic team for the second time. A junior social sciences major from Puyallup with a 3.43 grade point average, Langley missed the final three games of the season with a straight quad injury. He remains the team-leader in scoring with 44 points after making 7-of-13 field goals and 23-of-25 extra points.
Cougars On The Pac-10 All-Academic Team
QB Alex Brink First Team 3.54 Sport Management OL Kenny Alfred Honorable Mention 3.23 English RB Jed Collins Honorable Mention 3.42 Marketing WR Brandon Gibson Honorable Mention 3.14 Undeclared PK Loren Langley Honorable Mention 3.43 Social Sciences