Trio of Dawgs earn national football honors

Washington's Dante Pettis just misses snagging a pass in the end zone against California in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

When a team is successful its best players often pick up well-deserved individual awards. The 10-2, Fiesta Bowl-bound Washington Huskies have a trio of players landing spots on national college football post-season lists.

Dante Pettis makes the Football Writers Association of America All America first team. He’s also on the Associated Press All America Second team for the ‘All Purpose’ category. The AP and FWAA polls are part of the five All America lists used to determine “consensus” and “unanimous” college football All Americans.

The senior from San Clemente, California, set the NCAA career punt return for touchdowns record with nine, including four this season. Pettis also led UW with 62 pass receptions for 721 yards and seven touchdowns.

Coincidentally, Penn State’s dynamic Saquon Barkley is the player voted to the AP All America first team in the all purpose category. The Huskies will see Mr. Barkley and the Nittany Lions Dec. 30 in Glendale, Arizona. You can hear Bob Rondeau call the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on KOMO newsradio am 1000/ fm 97.7

Pac-12 defensive player of the year and Morris Trophy winner Vita Vea grabs a spot on the AP All America third team. The 6?-5? 340 pounder from Milpitas, California, was the key man in Washington’s conference leading defense with 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 quarterback sacks and four pass deflections. Vea is a junior, but most Husky fans expect big No. 50 to make himself available for the NFL draft, quite possibly being selected in the first round.

Despite missing the final four games of the season with a leg injury, UDub tight end Hunter Bryant is named to ESPN’s college football All America Freshman team. The product of Eastside Catholic High school made the most of his eight games, collecting 22 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown. Dawg fans are hopeful he’s had enough recovery time to possibly play in the bowl game.