Associated Press Names Long All-American

Dec. 17, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State defensive tackle Rien Long added Associated Press first team All-America honors to his growing list of postseason awards, which already included the Outland Trophy.

Long, a 6-6, 286-pound junior, racked up 20.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in his second season as a starter. He became the first WSU player to win a major national individual award at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla., last week.

'It's a great honor to be recognized across the nation as one of the best college football players,' Long said Tuesday.

Long wasn't the only Cougar to make the Associated Press All-America team. Senior cornerback Marcus Trufant and offensive guard Derrick Roche earned second team honors.

Trufant picked off three passes this season and knocked away 12 others. The senior was also third on the team in tackles with 69.

Roche, a senior from Kent, Wash., has been the anchor for Washington State's offensive line during the Cougars' 20-4 run over the last two seasons, starting in every game.

WSU concludes the season Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

QB Carson Palmer, Southern California
RB Larry Johnson, Penn State
RB Willis McGahee, Miami
WR Reggie Williams, Washington
WR Charles Rogers, Michigan State
TE Dallas Clark, Iowa
OL Brett Romberg, Miami
OL Eric Steinbach, Iowa
OL Shawn Andrews, Arkansas
OL Derrick Dockery, Texas
OL Jordan Gross, Utah

DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
DE David Pollack, Georgia
DT Rien Long, Washington State
DT Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
LB Matt Wilhelm, Ohio State
LB E.J. Henderson, Maryland
LB Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
S Mike Doss, Ohio State
S Troy Polamalu, Southern California
CB Shane Walton, Notre Dame
CB Terrance Newman, Kansas State

K Mike Nugent, Ohio State
P Mark Mariscal, Colorado
KR Derek Abney, Kentucky

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