More Cougars Named To Preseason Award Watch Lists
July 17, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. – Three more Washington State University football student-athletes were recently named to preseason award watch lists.
Junior kicker Andrew Furney was named to The Lou Groza Place-Kicker Award watch list earlier this week. This season’s 20 semifinalists will be announced November 5 before a panel of more than 300 experts will select the top three finalists for the award November 19. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced December 6.
Furney, from Burlington, Wash., was named one of 20 semifinalists to the same award during the 2011 campaign. Last season, Furney was 14-of-16 in field goal attempts to post the best field goal percentage in WSU single-season history. He recorded a season-long of 51 and was 5-for-5 from 40-plus yards.
Senior outside linebacker Travis Long, already named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, was also named to the Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award watch lists earlier in the week. The Butkus Award honors the nation’s best linebacker while the Rotary Lombardy Award is given to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker.
Long, from Spokane, Wash., enters the 2012 season having started all 36 games of his Cougar career. He is a three-time all-conference selection, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011. Last season he led WSU with four sacks, collected 12 tackles-for-loss, which ranked fifth in the Pac-12, and had 42 total tackles from his defensive end position.
Junior wide receiver Marquess Wilson, already named to the Maxwell Award watch list, was recently named to the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s outstanding receiver. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. will announce the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists on November 12, following the vote by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee. Likewise, the three finalists will be declared, following another vote, on November, 19. The 2012 winner will be presented live on December 6.
Wilson, from Tulare, Calif., enters the 2012 season coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. In 2011 he set WSU single-season records with 82 receptions and 1,388 receiving yards and tied for second-most in a season with 12 touchdown receptions. Wilson led the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game at 115.7 and earned Yahoo! Sports All-America second team and Sports Illustrated All-America honorable mention honors.
The Cougars open their 2012 schedule Aug. 30 at BYU in a game televised nationally on ESPN. Gametime is set for 7:15 p.m. PT.
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