Janikowski, Stone Jr. Among Eight Named Preseason All-Pac-12
SAN FRANCISCO (July 26, 2022) – Eight Washington State players were named to Preseason All-Pac-12 Conference Teams, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Two players were named to the first team in EDGE Ron Stone Jr. and kicker Dean Janikowski while six were named honorable mention in wide receiver De'Zhaun Stribling, EDGE Brennan Jackson, linebacker Daiyan Henley, defensive back Armani Marsh, defensive back Derrick Langford Jr. and punter Nick Haberer.
Janikowski was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection last season after connecting on 14-of-17 field goal attempts, good for the best field goal percentage in the Pac-12 and recorded the third-most makes in the conference. The redshirt-junior from Fallbrook, Calif. also finished the season tied for third in the conference among kickers with 84 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., a Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List selection, earned his first career All-Pac-12 honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks. The redshirt-senior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games this season, including a season-high three at Utah and tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch.
Stribling was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a freshman last season after catching 44 passes for 471 yards and five touchdowns. The Kapolei, Hawaii native led all Pac-12 freshmen in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Henley, a Butkus Award Watch List selection, is set to begin his first season at Washington State after transferring from Nevada where he earned All-Mountain West Conference second-team honors last season. The Los Angeles native led the Wolfpack with 103 tackles including three for loss with four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and five double-digit tackle efforts.
Jackson earned his first career All-Pac-12 honor last season, receiving honorable mention after making 46 tackles with six tackles-for-loss including four sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. 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 earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season after making 70 tackles with 5.5 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.
Haberer earned FWAA Freshman All-America accolades last season, WSU's first Freshman All-American since 2016, after punting 52 times for 2,225 yards, 42.8 yards-per-punt with 14 inside the 20 and five of 50+yards including a long of 60. The native of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia was second in the Pac-12 in hang time (4.12) and tied for second in the league with 23 punts fair caught. Haberer was the sixth Australian to earn Freshman All-America honor from the FWAA, all of whom are punters.