Oct. 16, 2009
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Four members of the Washington State University football team were included on Phil Steele's Midseason All-Pacific-10 Conference list, the magazine announced today.
Redshirt junior punter Reid Forrest was named to the first team, redshirt senior center Kenny Alfred was named to the second team and freshman defensive end Travis Long and junior safety Chima Nwachukwu were each named to the third team.
Forrest (Ephrata, Wash.) ranks third in the conference and 17th nationally in punting, averaging 43.9 yards per punt. His seven punts of 50-plus yards ranks second in the Pac-10.
Alfred, from Gig Harbor, Wash., has started all six games for the Cougars this season, garnering WSU's most outstanding offensive player award five times. He is also on the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the second-straight year, given annually to the nation's most outstanding center.
Nwachukwu (Allen, Texas) leads the Cougars with 45 tackles on the season (31 solo), and has also recorded 1.5 tackles-for-loss, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Long, one of only two true freshmen amongst the 84 players on the list, leads all Cougar defensive linemen with 27 tackles (19 solo). The Spokane, Wash., product has also recorded three tackles-for-loss, including two sacks, and has started each of the first six games of his Cougar career.