UW’s Dante Pettis named to Sports Illustrated’s All-America first team

UW defensive lineman Vita Vea, named this week the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, was named to SI’s All-America second team.

Following his record-setting senior season, Washington’s Dante Pettis was named Thursday to Sports Illustrated’s All-America first team as the punt returner.

Pettis returned four punts for touchdowns this season, giving him nine for his career — breaking the previous NCAA record of eight. He leads the nation with an average of 20.4 yards per punt return this season, the highest average of punt returner in the FBS since 2013.

Earlier this week, Pettis, from San Clemente, Calif., was named to the all-Pac-12 first team as a wide receiver and punt returner.

UW defensive lineman Vita Vea, named Tuesday the Pac-12 defensive player of the year in a vote of league coaches, was named to SI’s All-America second team.

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was the all-purpose player on SI’s All-America first team. The No. 12 Huskies (10-2) and No. 9 Penn State (10-2) will meet in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.

Also Thursday, Pettis and Vea were selected to The Associated Press all-Pac-12 first team. UW senior center Coleman Shelton joined them on the first-team offense.

The full AP team, as voted by beat writers around the Pac-12:

AP All-Pac-12 First Team

Offense
QB — Sam Darnold, USC, 6-4, 220, So., Capistrano Beach, California.
RB — Bryce Love, Stanford, 5-10, 196, Jr., Wake Forest, North Carolina.
RB — Ronald Jones II, USC, 6-0, 200, Jr., McKinney, Texas.
T — Cole Madison, Washington St., 6-5, 314, Sr., Burien, Washington.
T — Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, 6-5, 310, Sr., Henderson, Nevada.
G — Cody O’Connell, Washington St., 6-9, 368, Sr., Wenatchee, Washington.
G — David Bright, Stanford, 6-5, 299, Sr., Yorba Linda, California.
C — Coleman Shelton, Washington, 6-4, 299, Sr., Pasadena, California.
TE — Kaden Smith, Stanford, 6-5,…

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