Five Beavers Selected to First Team All-Pac-10 Conference Football Squad.
Dec. 2, 2002
Corvallis, Ore. -
Nick Barnett, Eric Manning, Dennis Weathersby, Richard Seigler, and Steven Jackson have been selected to the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference First Team, it was announced Monday. The five representatives from Oregon State equal the most first team honorees of any conference school (Washington).
Barnett will conclude the season leading the Pac-10 Conference with a 9.3 tackles per game average, and shares the overall mark with Arizona State's (13 games) Jason Shivers with 112 stops. Barnett, who will compete in the East-West Shrine Game in January in San Francisco, is also fifth in the conference for tackles-for-loss with 19.
Manning is one of 11 student-athletes on the team to be named to the first team for the second time. He has started a co-team-high 35 consecutive games and also will be competing in the Shrine Game. The defensive tackle, often a victim of double teams, had 32 tackles for the season.
Weathersby achieved a rarity by being selected to the athletic and academic first teams. The cornerback holds the OSU record for passes broken up with 56. He was one of 14 individuals on the Jim Thorpe Award list throughout the season, given annually to the nation's top defensive back. Weathersby is the third Beaver who will be participating in the Shrine Game.
Seigler will likely finish the season seventh in the conference with a 7.8 tackles per game average. The junior linebacker is tied for third for the team in tackles-for-loss with 12.5 and is second for quarterback hurries with six. Seigler has also started 35 straight games.
Jackson concluded the regular season leading the conference for rushing yards (1,656), and touchdowns (17), and is second for all-purpose yards per game (150.6). His rushing total, which is a single season record at OSU, includes three 200-yard plus games. Prior to this weekend's games, Jackson ranks fourth in the nation with a 138 rushing yards per game average.
The Pac-10 All-Conference team is determined by a poll of the league's head coaches.