Nov. 29, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State senior offensive tackle Calvin Armstrong was named first team All-Pac-10 for the second time in his career Monday, headlining a list of 10 Cougars receiving conference honors.
USC's Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were named Co-Players of the Year on offense, while Oregon State's Bill Swancutt and USC's Shaun Cody will share the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year honor. Arizona State tight end Zach Miller was named Freshman of the Year and California's Jeff Tedford captured Coach of the Year.
"Before every practice we spell out "TEAM" --- Together Everyone Achieves More. When you win and have a successful season, everybody benefits right down to individual awards," WSU Head Coach Bill Doba said. "When you don't have a winning season, not as many benefit. Two seasons ago we had 16 players on the All-Pac-10 team and 17 last year. This year USC and California had 18.
"I'm proud of our guys that earned their way on to the team this season. It says a lot about the way they played to receive that recognition when you go 5-6."
Armstrong also earned first team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore in 2002 and was honorable mention in 2003. The Centralia, Wash., native was one of seven conference players making an appearance on the first team for the second time. Armstrong finished his WSU career with 45 starts in 49 games played. Derrick Roche was the last Cougar offensive lineman to be named to the first team twice (2001, 2002).
"This is a nice way to cap off my senior year," Armstrong said. "I would still rather be going to a bowl game right now, but this is a nice honor. This is such a great conference, being named to the first team again will be something I take a lot of pride in when I look back at my career as a Cougar."
Lightbody, the other half of WSU's senior tackle tandem, earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career. A second team selection, Lightbody started 28 games in his Cougar career.
Hill hauled in 45 passes for 1,007 yards and a school record 12 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. The San Francisco, Calif., native scored nine touchdowns in a five-game span during the season, including three on three receptions in the first half against Idaho.
Derting, a first team selection in 2003, led WSU with 93 tackles, including 11.5 for loss and two forced fumbles. The junior linebacker and team captain suffered a dislocated wrist in August and played half the season with a cast on his left arm.
Bumpus, who also earned Rivals.com Freshman All-America honors Monday, was named to the second team as a punt returner. In that role, Bumpus accumulated 391 yards and two touchdowns. His 391 yards was the fourth-best total in school history.
Basler earned honorable mention for the second-consecutive year, while Davis, Harrison, Mihlhauser, and Paymah all made their first appearances as Pac-10 honorees.
2004 Cougar All-Pac-10 Honorees
Calvin Armstrong, Offensive Tackle, First Team - Centralia, Wash. Michael Bumpus, Punt Returner, Second Team - Culver City, Calif. Will Derting, Linebacker, Second Team - Okanogan, Wash. Jason Hill, Wide Receiver, Second Team - San Francisco, Calif. Sam Lightbody, Offensive Tackle, Second Team - Huntington Beach, Calif. Kyle Basler, Punter, Honorable Mention - Elma, Wash. Scott Davis, Linebacker, Honorable Mention - Kennewick, Wash. Jerome Harrison, Running Back, Honorable Mention - Kalamazoo, Mich. Nick Mihlhauser, Center, Honorable Mention - Arroyo Grande, Calif. Karl Paymah, Cornerback, Honorable Mention - Culver City, Calif.