Dec. 15, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Seven members of the Washington State University football team will participate in postseason all-star games, WSU Head Coach Bill Doba announced today.
Seniors Tyron Brackenridge, Mkristo Bruce, Scott Davis, Steve Dildine, Eric Frampton, Charles Harris and Jason Hill will have their seasons extended one more game. Brackenridge and Frampton are headed to the Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii (Jan. 14, 2007), Davis and Dildine will participate in the Las Vegas All-Star Classic (Jan. 15, 2007), Bruce and Harris are going to the East-West Shrine Game in Houston, Texas (Jan. 20, 2007) with Hill the lone Cougar at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. (Jan. 27, 2007).
"I think it's great that these seven young men get another opportunity to display their talents in their quest to have a chance to play at the next level," said Doba. "I think it speaks well of our program that the directors of these bowls think enough of the character of our kids to invite them."
Brackenridge, a cornerback from Ontario, Calif., received All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention honors this season after he registered 50 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, seven pass breakups and three interceptions. Frampton, a safety from San Jose, Calif., earned All-Pac-10 first team honors after leading the Cougars in tackles with 100, to go along with a team-leading five interceptions, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles. They are the first Cougars to play in the Hula Bowl since the 2004 season when defensive back Hamza Abdullah and running back Chris Bruhn both participated.
Davis, a linebacker from Kennewick, Wash., earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors for the third straight season after finishing sixth on the team with 66 tackles. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Oregon State in which he had six tackles, three sacks, two on the Beavers' final drive, two passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Dildine, a linebacker from Graham, Wash., ended his senior campaign with 70 tackles, third on the team, to go with 5.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, an interception and three pass breakups. He had a season-high 10 tackles against USC. Not since the 2003 season when kicker Drew Dunning and quarterback Matt Kegel played have the Cougars been represented at the Las Vegas All-Star Classic.
Bruce, a defensive end from Renton, Wash., 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. This week was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team and was an honorable mention All-American by cnnsi.com. Harris, an offensive tackle from Spokane, Wash., was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick this season. Harris was the only offensive lineman to start every contest this season and helped WSU produce 388.1 yards per game, fourth in the conference. Bruce and Harris continue a string of six consecutive years in which a Cougar has played in the Eat-West Shrine Game. Last year center Nick Mihlhauser competed, while running back Jerome Harrison and linebacker Will Derting were selected but did not play.
Hill, a wide receiver from San Francisco, Calif., is a three-time All-Pac-10 second-team selection and led WSU with seven receiving touchdowns this season, to go with 41 catches for 600 yards. He is the Cougars' all-time leader in receiving yards (2,704) and touchdown receptions (32), tied for second in Pac-10 history in the latter category. Hill is also second in career receptions at WSU with 148. Last season Harrison was the lone Cougar to participate at the Senior Bowl.