Dec. 13, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior defensive end Mkristo Bruce has been named to the 2006 Associated Press All-America second team, it has been announced. Bruce is the second straight Cougar to earn All-America honors by the Associated Press following Jerome Harrison's first-team selection last season.
The honors is one of several bestowed upon Bruce this postseason as he was also recognized on the 2006 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team and an honorable mention All-American by CNNSI.com.
Bruce capped his senior season by leading the Cougars with 11.0 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss, to go with 67 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Bruce tied a Pacific-10 Conference record with five sacks at Stanford, earning him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors, and was the national leader in that category the following three weeks. Earlier this year he was named a midseason All-American by CollegeFootballNews, cnnsi.com and cbssportsline.com, with the latter naming him the top defensive player in the nation at the time.
Bruce was also an All-Pac-10 first team selection and received All-Pac-10 first team honors by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
In addition to his all-conference honors, Bruce received national acclaim by being named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Rotary Lombardi Award (top defensive player) and Lott Trophy (top defensive player), along with his inclusion on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List.
Bruce concluded his WSU career third on the career sacks list with 29.5 and tied for second in tackles-for-loss with 44.5.