Dec. 7, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University football team had eight student-athletes receive All-Pacific-10 Conference recognition, the league office announced Tuesday.
Punter Reid Forrest, offensive guard B.J. Guerra, wide receiver Jared Karstetter, defensive end Travis Long, safety Tyree Toomer, quarterback Jeff Tuel, center Zack Williams and wide receiver Marquess Wilson were each named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
Forrest, a senior from Ephrata, Wash., capped his Cougar career as the school's all-time leader in punts and punt yardage. Forrest, who also a 2009 honorable mention selection, averaged a career-best 45.4 yards per punt in 2010, ranking third in the conference and ninth nationally. He was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, signifying the nation's top punter. He connected 19 punts of 50-plus yards, including a career-high 84-yarder against Arizona, the second-longest punt in school history and tied for the fourth-longest in Pac-10 history.
Guerra, a junior from Moses Lake, Wash., earned his first all-conference selection after starting all 12 games this season on the offensive line. Guerra helped the Cougar offense improve more than seven points a game from 2009.
Karstetter, a junior from Spokane, Wash., was another repeat selection on the all-conference team. He led WSU in receptions with 62 and touchdowns with seven. He was also second on the team in receiving yards with 658, placing him 10th in the conference while he ranked tied for third in receptions. Against Oregon this season he recorded career-highs with 10 catches for 106 yards.
Long, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash., started all 12 games this season. He totaled 51 tackles on the year, including a team-high 10.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble. His TFL total is tied for 13th in the Pac-10 while his five sacks are 11th in the conference.
Toomer, a sophomore from Los Angeles, Calif., started all 12 games at the safety position. He finished third on the team in tackles with 68, while also collecting two sacks, six tackles-for-loss and four pass break-ups. His best game of the season came against Arizona, when he had seven tackles, including four TFLs and two sacks.
Tuel, a sophomore from Clovis, Calif., led the Cougar offense by completing nearly 60 percent of his passes as he threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns. He finished fourth in the conference in both passing average per game (231.7) and total offense (248.7). Tuel threw for 200 or more yards in 10 games this season, including the first nine and had a career-best four touchdown passes at Stanford.
Williams, a senior for Pasadena, Calif., started all 12 games at center for WSU this season. He was the leader of the offensive line that saw the offense average 75 more yards per game in 2010 than 2009, while scoring has improved more than 7 points per game from last season.
Wilson, a freshman from Tulare, Calif., made a strong case to be considered one of the top freshmen in the nation. For the season he had 55 catches for 1006 yards and six touchdowns. Wilson 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 Pac-10 conference in receiving yards/game and tied for eighth in receptions.