The University of Washington Football team (10-3) won the Pac-12 Championship and earned the programs first trip to the Rose Bowl in 18 years. The Huskies are garnering recognition on and off the field as the Pac-12 announced that a total of 24 Husky players were named to the Academic All- Pac-12 football. The team placed five players on the first and second teams.
The UW boasted the Pac- 12 defense and it was no surprise that it placed five players on the first team lineman Levi Onwuzurike, linebackers Tevis Bartlett and Ben Burr-Kirven, and defensive backs Elijah Molden and Taylor Rapp.
Both Bartlett and Burr-Kirven were named to the first team for the third season in a row, while Rapp earned a spot for the second straight year.
Burr-Kirven, a senior from Menlo Park, Calif., was named the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football last week. The NCAA-FBS leader in tackles with 165 and the UW’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, he also boasts a 3.69 grade point average in comparative literature (cinema studies).
Rapp, a junior from Bellingham, Wash., carries a 3.61 GPA as a business administration (finance) major. The former Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year was also a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last year.
Onwuzurike is a sophomore from Allen, Texas. He has a 3.36 grade point average as a pre-major (arts & science). Like the other three previously mentioned Husky defensive players, he was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team this year (Burr-Kirven and Bartlett were both three-time All-District 8 picks).
Molden, a sophomore from West Linn, Ore., has compiled a 3.66 average as a pre-major (arts & sciences) student. He was named the team’s Special Teams MVP on Sunday.
Five Huskies were named to the second team: sophomore tailback Salvon Ahmed (3.39, pre-social science), senior wide receiver John Gardner (3.55, economics), senior tight end Drew Sample (3.40, communication), redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Jaxson Kirkland (3.42, pre-social science) and senior defensive lineman Greg Gaines (3.23, communication).
The following Huskies earned honorable mention: Andre Baccellia (Jr. WR, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Jake Browning (Sr. QB, Folsom, Calif.), A.J. Carty (Jr. LS, Santa Ana, Calif.), Nick Harris (Jr. C, Inglewood, Calif.), Peyton Henry (RS-Fr. PK, Danville, Calif.), Jared Hilbers (Jr. OT, Beaverton, Ore.), Ty Jones (So. WR, Provo, Utah), Jordan Miller (Sr. CB, Oceanside, Calif.), Cade Otton (RS-Fr. TE, Tumwater, Wash.), Race Porter (So. P, Seattle, Wash.), Henry Roberts (Jr. OL, Bellevue, Wash.), Joe Tyron (RS-Fr. OLB, Renton, Wash.), Jusstis Warren (Jr. TE, Tacoma, Wash.), and Joel Whitford (Jr. P, Neerim South, Australia).
ON SUNDAY THE HUSKIES ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS
Senior safety Jojo McIntosh won the 111th annual Guy Flaherty Award, the Washington football program’s oldest and most prestigious team award, while Myles Gaskin (offense), Ben Burr-Kirven (defense), and Elijah Molden(special teams) won Most Outstanding Player honors at the Husky football team’s postseason awards ceremony Sunday.
Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational
Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Most Outstanding Special Teams Player
Husky Excellence Award
Jake Browning & Taylor Rapp
Don James Perseverance Award
101 Club Academic Award
Academic Achievement Award
Jaylen Johnson & Shane Bowman
John P. Angel Offensive Lineman of the Year
L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year
Earle T. Glant Tough Husky
Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award
Byron Murphy (at Utah)
Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award
Bob Jarvis Offensive Scout Squad MVP
Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad MVP
Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Squad MVP
Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshmen
Jaxson Kirkland & Cade Otton
Husky Fever 12th Man Award
Iron Husky Award
Iron Pup Award
Colson Yankoff & Mosiah Nasili-Liu
Apple Cup Play of the Game
Kurt Gegner Memorial Award
Matt Hanna (equipment), Taylor Koch (video), Tanner Hata (training room)