Nov. 28, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University had nine student-athletes receive All-Pac-12 Conference recognition including three named to the second team, the conference announced Monday.
Linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis, defensive end Travis Long and wide receiver Marquess Wilson were each placed on the second team. Offensive linemen John Fullington, David Gonzales and B.J. Guerra along with cornerback Damante Horton, wide receiver Jared Karstetter and defensive lineman Brandon Rankin each received honorable mention.
Hoffman-Ellis caps his WSU career with his first all-conference selection after posting a team-high 88 tackles, good for seventh in the conference which included a conference-leading 68 solo stops in his 12 starts. The Los Angeles native finished with 11 tackles-for-loss, a pair of sacks and one interception he returned for a touchdown.
Long, a junior, earns all-conference honors for the third consecutive season after making 42 tackles, 31 solo including a team-best 12 tackles-for-loss, good for a tie for fifth in the conference. The Spokane native started all 12 games and also led the Cougs with four sacks.
Wilson picks up his second career all-conference accolade after setting WSU single-season records for receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,388) while tying Jason Hill for the second most touchdown catches with 12. The Tulare, Calif. native posted six 100-yard performances and was the only player in the conference to eclipse the 200-yard twice (236 - at San Diego State, 223 - Arizona State). Among the Pac-12 ranks, Wilson, a sophomore, led the conference in receiving yards, receiving yards per game (115.7), was second in touchdowns and third in catches.
Fullington earns his first career all-conference honor after starting all 12 games at left guard as a sophomore. Gonzales closes out his Cougar career with his first career accolade after starting all 12 games at left tackle and Guerra earns honorable mention for the second straight year after starting all 12 games at right guard.
Horton, receives his first career all-conference honor after tying for the conference lead with four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. The sophomore also finished with 31 tackles, three pass break ups and two forced fumbles. Rankin picks up his first career all-conference accolade in his final season at WSU, making 20 tackles, 12 solo and 4.5 for loss.
Karstetter caps his Cougar career with his third straight honorable mention accolade after finishing second on the team with 60 catches for a career-high 700 yards and six touchdowns. The Spokane native finished his career with 166 career catches, the fourth most in WSU history and 19 career touchdown catches, good for third all-time in program history.