Nov. 26, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Senior free safety Lamont Thompson, junior offensive guard Derrick Roche, and sophomore kicker Drew Dunning represented Washington State on the All-Pacific-10 First Team, voted on by the conference's coaches and released Monday.
The Cougars landed seven student-athletes on the Pac-10 First and Second Teams, and 12 more received honorable mention. WSU's 19 players receiving honors was the highest total in the conference.
Thompson led the Pac-10 with eight interceptions this season, including four against UCLA. The Richmond, Calif. native ends his career as the Pac-10's all-time leader in interceptions with 22.
Roche, a junior from Kent, Wash., helped an inexperienced batch of running backs ground out 1,515 yards this season and the Cougars rack up 435.6 total yards per game, the fourth-best mark in school history.
Dunning won a crowded kicking battle during fall camp and went on to convert 14 of 18 field goal attempts and 44 of 48 point-after attempts, becoming Washington State's first All-Pac-10 kicker since Jason Hanson from 1989 to 1991.
Junior quarterback Jason Gesser, who is on pace to challenge the career passing and total offense records at WSU, was named to the second Team, along with his favorite target, wide receiver Nakoa McElrath. Sophomore defensive tackle Rien Long and senior linebacker Raonall Smith were selected to the Second Team on the opposite side of the ball.
The Cougars led the Pac-10 with 12 players receiving Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Defensive ends D.D. Acholonu, Isaac Brown, and Tupo Tuupo offensive linemen Josh Parrish and Joey Hollenbeck, defensive backs Marcus Trufant and Billy Newman, running back Dave Minnich, punter Alan Cox, linebacker James Price and special teams standout Curtis Nettles all made the list.
WSU's three first team players are the most since 1996 when James Darling, Scott Sanderson, and Shawn Tims were selected to the team.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Joey Harrington, Sr., Oregon RB DeShaun Foster, Sr., UCLA RB Clarence Farmer, So., Arizona WR Shaun McDonald, So., Arizona State WR Keenan Howry, Jr., Oregon TE Justin Peelle, Sr., Oregon OL Eric Heitmann, Sr., Stanford OL Levi Jones, Sr., Arizona State OL Scott Peters, Sr., Arizona State OL Derrick Roche, Jr., Washington State OL Kyle Benn, Sr., Washington
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DE Terrell Suggs, So., Arizona State DT Larry Tripplett, Sr., Washington DT Eric Manning, Jr., Oregon State DE Kenyon Coleman, Sr., UCLA LB Robert Thomas, Sr., UCLA LB Coy Wire, Sr., Stanford LB Lance Briggs, Jr., Arizona DB Troy Polamalu, Jr., USC DB Tank Williams, Sr., Stanford DB Ricky Manning, Jr., UCLA DB Lamont Thompson, Sr., Washington State
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS PK Drew Dunning, So., Washington State P Nate Fikse, Jr., UCLA KOR Brian Allen, Sr., Stanford PR Keenan Howry, Jr., Oregon ST Kevin Arbet, Jr., USC
WSU SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB Jason Gesser, Jr. WR Nakoa McElrath, Sr.
WSU SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DT Rien Long, So. LB Raonall Smith, Sr.
WSU HONORABLE MENTION DE D.D. Acholonu, So. DE Isaac Brown, So. WR Mike Bush, Jr. P Alan Cox, Sr. OL Joey Hollenbeck, Sr. RB Dave Minnich, Sr. ST Curtis Nettles, Jr. DB Billy Newman, Sr. OL Josh Parrish, So. LB James Price, Sr. DB Marcus Trufant, Jr. DE Tupo Tuupo, Sr.