FAIRFIELD — Deone Bucannon and Jason Verrett spent their seasons making things tough on opposing offenses.
They did it so well that they were each named to two All-America teams in the past week.
Bucannon, a Vanden High graduate and four-year starter at safety for Washington State, was named to The Associated Press All-America first team, Tuesday, five days after being named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team and Athlon Sports All-America first team.
Verrett, a Rodriguez grad and three-year player for Texas Christian, was named second team All-American by the AP, a first team All-American by Walter Camp.
Bucannon led the Pac-12 Conference with 109 tackles and tied for fourth with five interceptions.
“I think that’s an awesome honor for a well-deserving young man,” Vanden coach LeVon Haynes said. “He’s done everything up there they’ve asked him to do. Just watching over past four years improve each and every year, watching him become a leader and a face of the program, has been great.”
Heading into the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Bucannon is the NCAA’s active leader in career solo tackles (264), tied for second in career interceptions (14) and fifth in career tackles (379).
Considered one of the top cover corners in the nation, Verrett was second in the Big 12 and tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 passes defended per game, finishing with two interceptions and 14 pass breakups.
Verrett leads the nation with 38 passes defended since the start of the 2012 season.
Both Verrett and Bucannon have been selected to play in the Senior Bowl.
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