Washington State senior safety Deone Bucannon was named an First-Team All-American by the Associated Press, announced Tuesday. Bucannon was also named to the All-America Third Team by CBS Sports and Honorable Mention All-America from Sports Illustrated.
Bucannon is the first Cougar to earn All-American first-team honors since Jerome Harrison in 2005 and the first defensive player since defensive tackle Rien Long in 2002. Last week, Bucannon received second team All-America honors from Walter Camp and first team accolades from Athlon Sports. The 6-1, 215-pound defensive back was voted an All-Pac-12 First Team selection by the conference’s coaches.
Bucannon, a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist given to the nation’s best defensive back, led the Pac-12 Conference with 109 tackles, tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions and tied for team-highs with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. The Fairfield, Calif. native enters the Gildan New Mexico Bowl as the NCAA’s active leader in career solo tackles, tied for second in career interceptions and fifth in career tackles. His 14 career interceptions are tied for third-most in school history while his 379 career tackles are fourth-most win WSU history.