PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State senior safety Deone Bucannon was named a Second-Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the organization announced Thursday. Bucannon was also named to the All-America First Team by Athlon Sports earlier in the day.
The foundation announced its 124th edition of the Walter Camp All-America team – the nation’s oldest All-America team. Twenty-six players were selected to the first team by the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, 26 players were selected to the Second Team.
Bucannon becomes the first Cougar to earn All-American second-team honors since Mkristo Bruce in 2006. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson was a third team selection in 2007. Bucannon, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s best defensive back, led the Pac-12 Conference with 109 tackles, tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions and tied for team-highs with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. The Fairfield, Calif. native enters the Gildan New Mexico Bowl as the NCAA’s active leader in career solo tackles, tied for second in career interceptions and fifth in career tackles. His 14 career interceptions are tied for third-most in school history while his 379 career tackles are fourth-most win WSU history.
Bucannon’s 109 stops are the most by a Cougar since James Darling recorded 136 in 1996 and follows a 106 tackle campaign in 2012, giving him the first back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since Billy Newman in 1999-2000. Bucannon recorded four double-digit tackles performances this season and owns 16 in his career. His best games this season came against the toughest opponents, making 14 stops, forcing a fumble and recovering another in the season opener at Auburn, posting eight tackles in the win at USC, tallying nine tackles and an interception against Stanford, recording nine tackles, forcing a fumble he also recovered against Oregon, making 12 stops and picking off a pass against Arizona State before tallying 11 tackles in the win at Arizona.
He was named a Midseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and to the Midseason All-America second team by CBS Sports.