Four Cougars Named Sporting News Preseason All-Pac-10

June 12, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash - Four Washington State Cougar football players have been named to the Sporting News preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference teams, the publication recently announced. Seniors Mkristo Bruce, Jason Hill and Scott Davis were first-team selections while junior Alex Brink was a second-team pick.

Hill, a senior wide receiver from San Francisco, Calif., is a two-time All-Pac-10 second team selection and was a All-America honorable mention pick. He led the Cougars with 62 catches for 1,097 yards and a school-record 13 touchdown receptions in 2005. Hill averaged 109.7 yards per game, fourth nationally, and posted six catches for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns at California. The Sporting News has Hill listed as the sixth-best receiver in the nation.

Bruce, a senior defensive end from Renton, Wash., joined Hill on the All-Pac-10 second team last season after posting career-best numbers of 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. The publication has Bruce named as a preseason second-team All-American and the third-best defensive end in the nation.

Davis, a senior linebacker from Kennewick, Wash., played in all 11 games for the Cougars last season, recording 66 total tackles, five tackles for loss and six pass break-ups. A two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, Davis had a season-best 11 tackles at California, including eight solo, to go with two pass breakups. He is listed No. 14 among all outside linebackers in the nation.

Brink, a junior quarterback from Eugene, Ore., threw for 2,891 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He set WSU single-game records with 531 passing yards and 515 yards of total offense against Oregon State in last season's conference opener. Brink's 24 touchdowns were tied for the fourth-most in Cougar history while his 2,891 yards ranks seventh all-time.

All four players were elected co-captains for the upcoming season. The Cougars open their 2006 campaign Sept. 3 at Auburn in a nationally-televised game on ESPN2. WSU opens its six-game home schedule with a Sept. 9 meeting against Idaho.
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