Wildcats Collect All-Conference Honors

Dec. 7, 2009

All-Pac-10 Awards and All-Conference Team

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – A total of 10 Arizona football players were recognized by the Pacific 10 Conference on the All-Pac-10 teams announced Monday by the league office.

Headlining the group are six players named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team. Defenders Cam Nelson, Earl Mitchell, Xavier Kelley and Trevin Wade represent the Pac-10’s second-ranked total defense, a group that checks in No. 21 nationally. On offense, linemen Colin Baxter and Adam Grant earned high praise for a unit that has allowed the second fewest sacks in the league.

Also receiving notice by Pac-10 were quarterback Nick Foles, defensive end Ricky Elmore, cornerback Devin Ross and linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka as Honorable Mention selections.

The All-Pac-10 teams are selected by the Pac-10 football head coaches.

Arizona’s Second Team Defense Selections

Xavier Kelley | Senior | Linebacker
69 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 forced fumble

Earl Mitchell | Senior | Defensive Tackle
44 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble

Cam Nelson | Senior | Defensive Back
64 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 3 forced fumbles

Trevin Wade | Sophomore | Cornerback
66 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 5 interceptions (1 TD), 9 PBU, 1 forced fumble

Arizona’s Second Team Offense Selections

Colin Baxter | Junior | Center
Adam Grant | Graduate | Right Tackle

Baxter and Grant led an offensive line that paved the way for 2,020 rushing yards on the season (5.0 per carry, 168.3 per game). The unit also allowed just 11 sacks on the season, the second fewest in the Pac-10 and 10th-fewest per-game in the nation.

Arizona’s Honorable Mention Selections

Ricky Elmore | Junior | Defensive End
43 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Nick Foles | Sophomore | Quarterback
249-for-377 passing (66.0 percent), 2,421 yards, 19 TDs, 8 INT, 3 rush TD

Devin Ross | Senior | Cornerback
74 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1 interception, 11 PBU

Vuna Tuihalamaka | Senior | Linebacker
68 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 forced fumble


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