Nov. 28, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior running back Jerome Harrison was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team Monday, headlining a list of eight Cougars receiving conference honors.
Senior tight end Troy Bienemann, senior center Nick Mihlhauser, junior defensive end Mkristo Bruce and junior wide receiver Jason Hill garnered second team honors while senior linebacker Will Derting, junior linebacker Scott Davis and sophomore wide receiver Michael Bumpus were named honorable mention.
USC's Reggie Bush was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Oregon's Haloti Ngata and Arizona State's Dale Robinson shared the Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Oregon State's Jeremy Perry and Arizona's Michael Thomas were named Co-Freshmen of the Year and USC's Pete Carroll and UCLA's Karl Dorrell captured Co-Coach of the Year honors.
Harrison capped his record-setting season with a first-team selection after being an honorable mention pick in 2004. The Kalamazoo, Mich. native rushed for a school-record 1,900 yards, including a season-best 260 yards against UCLA. He rushed for 100-plus yards in all 11 games in 2005 and dating back to last season, rushed for 100 yards in a Pac-10-record 14 straight contests. Harrison also set or tied nine single-season school records, including rushing touchdowns in a season (16) and touchdowns in a season (17), 200-yard games in a season (4) and rushing attempts (308).
Last week Harrison, who leads the nation in rushing at 172.7 yards per game, was named one of three finalists for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, signifying the nation's top running back, and earlier this month was one of 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Bienemann, who also earned second-team honors in 2003, caught 24 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns in 2005. He missed the season-finale with a knee injury suffered the previous week against Oregon and finished his Cougar career with 94 receptions, one shy of the school record for tight ends. Bienemann was also a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic and CoSIDA All-Academic District VIII selection.
Bruce earned his first postseason honor after posting 67 tackles, including 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. The 15 tackles for loss were tied for first in the Pac-10 while his career-high 10 sacks were second in the conference. For his career Bruce's 18.5 sacks rank sixth all-time at WSU.
Hill repeated on the All-Pac-10 second team after leading the Cougars with 62 catches for 1,097 yards and a school-record 13 touchdown receptions. The junior averaged 109.7 yards per game, fourth nationally, and posted six catches for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns at California.
Mihlhauser anchored the offensive line from his center position, helping WSU to average 482 yards per game, third-best in school history. The senior started the final 22 games of his Cougar career in earning his first all-conference honor.
Bumpus, an honorable mention selection in 2004, played in just seven games due to an ankle injury but still managed to catches 30 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns. He also led WSU in punt returns with 17 returns for 232 yards, a 13.6 average, and one touchdown.
Davis earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season after finishing fifth on the team with 66 tackles, including five tackles for loss. He had a season-best 11 tackles at California, including eight solo, to go with two pass breakups.
Derting received All-Pac-10 postseason honors for the third straight season, with a first team selection in 2003 and second team honors last year. Derting suffered a knee injury late in the Pac-10 opener at Oregon State and saw limited action in the final two games of the season, finishing with 35 tackles and two pass breakups.
2005 Cougar All-Pac-10 Honorees
Jerome Harrison Running Back First Team Kalamazoo, Mich.
Troy Bienemann Tight End Second Team Santa Clara, Calif.
Mkristo Bruce Defensive End Second Team Renton, Wash.
Jason Hill Wide Receiver Second Team San Francisco, Calif.
Nick Mihlhauser Center Second Team Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Michael Bumpus Wide Receiver Honorable Mention Culver City, Calif.
Scott Davis Linebacker Honorable Mention Kennewick, Wash.
Will Derting Linebacker Honorable Mention Okanogan, Wash.
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