Dec. 3, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University placed seven players on the All-Pacific-10 Conference teams Monday, as voted on by the conference coaches. The accolades were highlighted by junior wide receiver Brandon Gibson's selection to the first team.
Gibson, the seventh wide receiver in school history to post 1,000 yards in a season, set the WSU single-season record with 1,180 yards in 2007. Gibson's 107.3 yards per game ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally, and his 6.1 receptions per game ranked second in the conference. His nine touchdown receptions this season are tied for eighth in WSU history and his 67 receptions are tied for third. The junior out of Tacoma, Wash., is also ranked on the WSU career list in all three major receiving categories: tied for seventh in receptions (125), eighth in yards (2,083) and 10th in touchdowns (15).
Quarterback Alex Brink and tight end Jed Collins each earned second team accolades. For Brink the honor marks the third time in his career he has been named All-Pac-10, as he was named second team as a junior and honorable mention as a redshirt freshman in 2004. The honor is a first for Collins.
Brink (Eugene, Ore.) threw for 3,818 yards this season, the second highest single-season total in school history. He completed 305-of-503 passes for a completion-percentage of .606, the fourth-best in WSU history. The senior also threw 26 touchdown passes, which ranks tied for third on the single-season list. This season Brink took over as the WSU career leader in passing yardage (10,913), touchdowns (76), attempts (1,451) and completions (848). Brink, one of the most prolific passers in conference history, ranks third and fifth in the Pac-10 in yards and touchdowns, respectively, and is only the sixth signal-caller in conference history to throw for more than 10,000 yards and toss 70-or-more touchdowns. Brink also earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors following his 399-yard, five-touchdown performance against Washington in the Apple Cup this year, his third victory over the Huskies as a starter.
With 52 receptions this season Collins, a senior, set the single-season record for a Cougar tight end. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif., native accumulated 512 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a career-high 10 passes against both Arizona and Stanford.
Bumpus totaled 70 catches in his senior campaign, good for second on the all-time single-season list and only two receptions back of the school record set by Nakoa McElrath in 2001. The Culver City, Calif., native's 789 yards and four touchdowns were each career highs. Bumpus also became WSU's all-time leader in career receptions (195) and career punt return yards (801). He set both records in the Stanford game this season. Bumpus was named All-Pac-10 Second Team in 2004 as a punt return specialist, and was named honorable mention in both 2005 and 2006.
Abdullah led WSU with a career-high 93 tackles (54 solo) this season. The native of Pomona, Calif., also posted 8.5 tackles for loss, intercepted a team-high four passes, had six pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. One of his interceptions he returned for a touchdown to clinch a victory over Stanford, earning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. The senior's 10 career thefts rank 11th all-time at WSU.
Mattingly, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash., finished the season ranked second on the squad with 91 tackles (43 solo). The linebacker also posted 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks, both of which were team highs. Mattingly forced four fumbles, had four pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and an interception. His four sacks and five tackles for loss against Arizona State rank tied for second all-time in a single game in WSU history. Each of his sacks and TFLs came in conference play, where he ranks tied for eighth and 17th, respectively.
Trent tallied a career-high 89 tackles (46 solo), finishing third on the team. The junior from Keller, Texas, also recorded 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks, both of which were also career highs. Trent added four pass break-ups, five quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.