14 Cougars Earn All-Pac-12 Honors, de Laura Named Offensive Freshman of the Year
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 7, 2021) – Fourteen Washington State players earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors, including quarterback Jayden de Laura who was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Right tackle Abraham Lucas, kicker Dean Janikowski and EDGE Ron Stone Jr. were named to the first team, giving WSU three first-team selections for the first time since 2015. Wide receivers Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr. were both named to the second team, the first set of Cougar wideouts to earn all-conference first or second team since Michael Bumpus (1st) and Jason Hill (2nd) in 2004 and both are the first WSU wide receivers to earn first or second-team honors since Gabe Marks was a first-team selection in 2015 and 2016.
Nine players were named All-Pac-12 honorable mention; running back Max Borghi, quarterback Jayden de Laura, defensive back Daniel Isom, EDGE Brennan Jackson, defensive back Armani Marsh, wideout De'Zhaun Stribling, Lincoln Victor as an all-purpose player, defensive back Jaylen Watson, linebacker Jahad Woods. WSU's 14 all-conference selections are the most since the 2003 team earned 17 selections.
de Laura, playing his first full season, was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-12 honorable mention after leading the Pac-12 with 2,751 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 250.1 passing yards-per-game. The Honolulu, Hawaii native threw three-plus touchdowns five times this season and led the Cougars to seven wins, including a 40-13 Apple Cup win where he earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week accolades after completing 27-of-32 passes for an 84.3 completion percentage, the best completion percentage by a Cougar quarterback in an Apple Cup.
Lucas earns his fourth-straight All-Pac-12 accolade and first first-team honor after being named to the second team the previous three seasons. Lucas started all 12 games at right tackle and was rated the Pac-12's best pass-blocking offensive lineman and third-best pass-blocking offensive tackle in the country after not allowing a sack in 477 pass blocking snaps.
Janikowski earns his first career All-Pac-12 accolade in his first season on the field and is the first Cougar kicker to earn first-team honors since Blake Mazza in 2019. Janikowski started all 12 games and connected on 14-of-17 field goal attempts, the best field goal percentage in the Pac-12 and tied for the second-most makes in the conference. The redshirt-sophomore from Fallbrook, Calif. also finished the regular season third in the conference among kickers with 81 points and capped the regular season tying a WSU Apple Cup record with four made field goals in the win over Washington, earning Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors along the way.
Stone Jr. earns his first career All-Pac-12 honor after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, good for fifth in the conference, and five sacks, good for eighth-most in the league. The redshirt-junior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games this season, including a season-high three at Utah and also tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch. Stone Jr. tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with 38 total pressures and was also the league's fourth-best run-defender according to PFF College. Stone Jr. is WSU's first defensive first-team selection since Hercules Mata'afa in 2017.
Harris earns his third career All-Pac-12 accolade after earning honorable mention in 2018 and 2020. The Tampa, Fla. native is third in the Pac-12 with 73 receptions, third with 801 receiving yards, second in the league with nine touchdown catches and sixth in the league with 105.4 all-purpose yards-per-game. Harris recorded a pair of 100-yard games (Oregon State, at Oregon) in 2021 and enters the bowl game tenth in WSU history with 176 career catches.
Jackson Jr. earns his first career All-Pac-12 accolade after finishing the regular season fourth in the league with 63 receptions, second with 955 receiving yards, first with 79.6 receiving yards-per-game and third with seven touchdown catches. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Native was added the Biletnikoff Award Watch List midway through season, recorded a pair of 100-yard games (at Arizona State, Arizona), was third in the league with 387 yards after the catch and third with 37 catches for a first down.
Borghi earns his second career All-Pac-12 honor after earning honorable mention in 2019. The Arvada, Colo. native finished the regular season seventh in the Pac-12 with 880 rush yards and sixth with 12 rushing touchdowns. Borghi finished the regular season with a pair of 100-yard games in wins over Arizona and Washington, and tied for the WSU record with 41 total touchdowns and second with 32 career rushing touchdowns.
Isom earns his first career All-Pac-12 accolade after making 57 tackles with 3.5 for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles.
Jackson earns his first career All-Pac-12 honor after making 40 tackles with five tackles-for-loss including four sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and was eighth in the Pac-12 with 38 total quarterback pressures. The Temecula, Calif. native earned a pair of Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week awards (at Cal, Stanford) and was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team.
Marsh earns his first career All-Pac-12 accolade after making 62 tackles with five for loss, a team-high three interceptions and two forced fumbles. The Spokane, Wash. native was a Burlsworth Trophy Nominee (top former walk-on) and capped the regular season earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after making five tackles and picked off two passes including one he returned for a touchdown in the Apple Cup win over Washington.
Stribling earns his first career All-Pac-12 honor after starting all 12 games as a true freshman. The Kapolei, Hawaii native caught 42 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns, leading all Pac-12 freshmen in catches and tied for the Pac-12 freshman lead in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Victor earns his first career All-Pac-12 honor as an all-purpose player where he made impacts on special teams all season long. The West Camas, Wash. native finished second on the team with eight special teams tackles, six on kickoff and two on punt coverage. Victor also caught 18 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.
Watson earns All-Pac-12 honorable mention for the second straight season after starting all 12 games and made 31 tackles, one for loss, picked off two passes and had four fumble recoveries, most in the league.
Woods caps his Cougar career earning his fourth-straight All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection after starting all 12 games at WIL linebacker and tallied 100 tackles, good for fourth in the conference. The San Diego native was second on the team with six tackles-for-loss, picked off one pass and forced two fumbles. Woods finished the regular season fourth in WSU history with 419 career tackles, first in program history with 10 career forced fumbles and sharing the WSU record for career games played (55) with fellow linebacker Justus Rogers.