ESPN, College Football News Name Three Cougars First Team All-America

Dec. 11, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser was named first team All-America by College Football News, while defensive standouts Rien Long and Marcus Trufant earned the same honor from ESPN.com Wednesday.

Gesser threw for 3,169 yards and 27 touchdowns with a 150.1 quarterback rating during Washington State's 10-2 regular season. The Honolulu native fought through injuries to lead the Cougars to a share of the Pac-10 title and the Rose Bowl. Gesser was picked for the first squad by College Football News over second team selection Carson Palmer of USC, and third team selection Brad Banks of Iowa.

Long, a first team All-America selection at defensive tackle by ESPN.com, had a dominant junior season, racking up 20.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. The Anacortes, Wash., native is a finalist for the Outland Trophy and will be on hand for the College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., tomorrow night.

ESPN.com also selected WSU cornerback Marcus Trufant to its first team. Trufant, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., was rarely thrown at in 2002, but still managed three interceptions and knocked away 12 other passes. Trufant is third on the team in tackles with 69.

Washington State will conclude its season Jan. 1 against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.

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