Love garners unanimous football All-America selection; O'Connell, Gay, Pettis, Mata'afa consensus honors
SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 Conference had a strong presence on the college football All-America squads with five student-athletes earning first team honors. The list of players was led by STANFORD junior RB Bryce Love who was unanimous selections.
Four other Pac-12 football players were consensus selections – WASHINGTON STATE senior OL Cody O’Connell, UTAH junior PK Matt Gay, WASHINGTON senior RET/AP Dante Pettis, and WASHINGTON STATE junior DL Hercules Mata’afa.
It marks the 11th consecutive season that the Pac-12 has had a unanimous selection, and now have had 10 unanimous selections over the past four seasons. Over the last six seasons, 32 Pac-12 players have earned either unanimous or consensus All-America status.
Only the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences had more consensus selections than the Pac-12 with six each.
To earn consensus honors, one must be selected first team on at least three of the five All-America teams and be listed on the most first-team All-America teams relative to other players at that position. For positions with more than one player represented on the first team, a corresponding number of players may earn a consensus billing. The organizations used in the consensus chart - American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News (SN), and Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).
2017 FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS FROM THE PAC-12
|OL||Cody O’Connell||Washington State||Sr.||AFCA-WC (consensus)|
|RB||Bryce Love||Stanford||Jr.||AFCA, AP, FWAA-SN-WC (unanimous)|
|PK||Matt Gay||Utah||Jr.||AP-FWAA-SN (consensus)|
|KR/AP||Dante Pettis||Washington||Sr.||AFCA-FWAA-SN-WC (consensus)|
|DL||Hercules Mata’afa||Washington State||Jr.||AP-SN (consensus)|