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CU Buffs LB Nate Landman named first-team All-Pac-12

Six Buffaloes honored by conference coaches

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BOULDER, CO – November 23, 2019: Colorado’s Nate Landman intercepts a Washington pass during the game in Boulder on November 23, 2019.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Nate Landman was a leader for the Colorado defense all season, and Pac-12 coaches took notice.

On Tuesday, Landman was named to the Pac-12 all-conference first team, as voted on by league coaches.

Landman was the only CU player to earn first-team honors, but five others were recognized, as well.

Receiver Laviska Shenault and punter Alex Kinney both made the second team, while receiver Tony Brown, tackle Arlington Hambright and outside linebacker Davion Taylor received honorable mention.

Landman is just the ninth CU player to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors since the Buffaloes joined the conference in 2011. He finished with 137 tackles, the most by a CU player in 12 years. He had 112 solo tackles – the second most in CU history – eight tackles for loss and one interception.

Kinney averaged 44.4 yards on 59 punts and landed 23 attempts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Shenault had 56 catches for 764 yards and four touchdowns, along with 161 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

South division champion Utah led the conference with eight first-team selections, including offensive player of the year Zack Moss. The Utes’ Kyle Whittingham was named coach of the year.

California linebacker Evan Weaver was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year, while USC quarterback Kedon Slovis (offense) and Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (defense) were named the top freshmen.

THE ALL-PAC-12 TEAM:

First team offense

QB – Tyler Huntley, Sr. Utah

RB – Eno Benjamin, Jr., Arizona State; Zack Moss, Sr. Utah

WR – Brandon Aiyuk, Sr. Arizona State; Michael Pittman, Sr., USC

TE – Hunter Bryant, Jr., Washington

OL – Trey Adams, Sr., Washington; Nick Harris, Sr., Washington; Austin Jackson, Jr., USC; Darrin Paulo, Sr., Utah; Penei Sewell, So., Oregon.

First team defense

DL – Bradlee Anae, Sr., Utah; Leki Fotu, Sr., Utah; Levi Onwuzurike, Jr., Washington; Jay Tufele, So., USC

LB – Francis Bernard, Sr., Utah; Nate Landman, Jr., Colorado; Evan Weaver, Sr., California

DB – Paulson Adebo, Jr., Stanford; Julian Blackmon, Sr., Utah; Jaylon Johnson, Jr., Utah; Elijah Molden, Jr. Washington

First team specialists

PK – Blake Mazza, So., Washington State

P – Michael Turk, So., Arizona State

RS – Brandon Aiyuk, Sr., Arizona State

AP/ST – Brady Breeze, Jr., Oregon; Case Hatch, Fr., Arizona State

Second team offense

QB – Anthony Gordon, Sr., Washington State

RB – Joshua Kelley, Sr., UCLA; CJ Verdell, So., Oregon

WR – Isaiah Hodgins, Jr., Oregon State; Laviska Shenault, Jr., Colorado

TE – Brant Kuithe, So., Utah; Colby Parkinson, Jr., Stanford

OL – Blake Brandel, Sr., Oregon State; Cohl Cabral, Sr., Arizona State; Drew Dalmon, Jr., Stanford; Shane Lemieux, Sr., Oregon; Abe Lucas, So., Washington State; Alijah Vera-Tucker, So., USC

Second team defense

DL – Ryan Bowman, Jr., Washington; Drake Jackson, Fr., USC; John Penisini, Sr., Utah; Joe Tryon, So., Washington

LB – Troy Dye, Sr., Oregon; Hamilcar Rashed, Jr., Oregon State; Casey Toohill, Sr., Stanford

DB – Myles Bryant, Sr., Washington; Camryn Bynum, Jr., California; Ashtyn Davis, Sr., California; Talanoa Hufanga, So., USC

First team specialists

PK – Peyton Henry, So., Washington

P – Alex Kinney, Sr., Colorado

RS – Velus Jones, Jr., USC

AP/ST – Travion Brown, Fr., Washington State; Michael Pittman, Sr., USC

Colorado honorable mention: WR Tony Brown, Sr.; OL Arlington Hambright, Sr.; OLB Davion Taylor, Sr.

 

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