Nov. 28, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior defensive end Mkristo Bruce and senior safety Eric Frampton were named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team Monday, headlining a list of nine Cougars receiving conference honors.
In addition to Bruce and Frampton, senior wide receiver Jason Hill and junior quarterback Alex Brink were named to the second team while senior tight end Cody Boyd, senior cornerback Tyron Brackenridge, senior linebacker Scott Davis, senior offensive tackle Charles Harris and junior wide receiver Michael Bumpus received honorable mention honors.
California's Marshawn Lynch was named Offensive Player of the Year while California's Daymeion Hughes was named the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. Oregon's Jairus Byrd, USC's Taylor Mays and UCLA's Alterraun Verner shared Co-Freshmen of the Year honors with USC's Pete Carroll capturing Coach of the Year honors.
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 Pac-10 record earlier this season with five sacks at Stanford, after which he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, and was the national leader in that category the following three weeks. 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.
In addition to his all-conference honors, Bruce received national acclaim by being named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end), Rotary Lombardi Award (top defensive player) and the Lott Trophy (top defensive player). Bruce was a second-team All-Pac-10 player last season.
Frampton earned his first all-conference honor after leading the Cougars in tackles with 100, to go along with a team-leading five interceptions, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Frampton had a career-high 16 tackles, nine solo, with a tackle for loss in WSU's 34-23 upset of No. 16 Oregon, for which he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. In the Apple Cup against Washington, Frampton had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown, the second of his career. He led WSU in tackles six times during the season.
Hill repeated on the All-Pac-10 second team for the third straight season after leading WSU with seven receiving touchdowns, to go with 41 catches for 600 yards. Hill missed the final two games after suffering a high ankle sprain late in the first half against Arizona. 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 receptions at WSU with 148. He caught a touchdown pass in four straight games and had a season-high 121 yards receiving, including the lone Cougar touchdown, in a 13-6 win at Oregon State.
Brink earned his second All-Pac-10 honor after being an honorable mention selection following his freshman campaign in 2004. Brink completed 241 of 396 passes (60.9 percent) for 2,899 yards and 19 touchdowns. He leads the conference in total offense at 242.3 yards per game, 19th nationally, and is second in passing at 241.6 ypg. He was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a win at UCLA which followed a 20-for-23 performance in a win over Oregon. He set a school record by completing his final 17 passes in that contest.
Boyd earned his first All-Pac-10 honorable mention honor after catching 32 passes for 481 yards and two touchdowns. In the regular-season finale against Washington, Boyd had career-highs of seven catches and 87 yards with a touchdown. His other touchdown came in the season-opener at Auburn.
Brackenridge received All-Pac-10 postseason honors for the first time after he registered 50 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, seven pass breakups and three interceptions. In WSU's win over Oregon he stepped in front of a Dennis Dixon pass and went 24 yards for the touchdown. He also had interceptions against USC and at UCLA. Brackenridge made a season-high eight tackles against Baylor, two for loss.
Bumpus, an honorable mention selection for the third consecutive season, led the Cougar receivers with 60 catches for 558 yards and one touchdown. Bumpus led the Pac-10 in catches for much of the season until a high ankle sprain suffered against Arizona forced him to miss much of that game along with the next contest at Arizona State. He had a career-best 11 catches for 112 yards against USC and added eight catches for 74 yards in the victory over Oregon.
Davis earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors for the third straight season after finishing sixth on the team with 66 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and four sacks. 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 passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Two of his sacks came in the Beavers' final drive to preserve the victory. He had a season-best nine tackles at Stanford.
Harris earned his first All-Pac-10 honor with his honorable mention selection. The senior right tackles was the only offensive lineman to start every contest this season and helped WSU produce 388.1 yards per game, fourth in the conference.
2006 Cougar All-Pac-10 Honorees
Mkristo Bruce Defensive End First Team Renton, Wash. Eric Frampton Safety First Team San Jose, Calif. Alex Brink Quarterback Second Team Eugene, Ore. Jason Hill Wide Receiver Second Team San Francisco, Calif. Cody Boyd Tight End Honorable Mention Bellingham, Wash. Tyron Brackenridge Cornerback Honorable Mention Ontario, Calif. Michael Bumpus Wide Receiver Honorable Mention Culver City, Calif. Scott Davis Linebacker Honorable Mention Kennewick, Wash. Charles Harris Offensive Line Honorable Mention Spokane, Wash.