NEW YORK – Washington State safety Deone Bucannon was named to The Associated Press All-America first team that was released Tuesday.
Bucannon, a senior, is the fourth Cougar since 1990 to be selected to the first team, which is picked by a panel of AP college-football poll voters. The others were running back Jerome Harrison in 2005, defensive tackle Rien Long in 2002 and safety Lamont Thompson in 2001.
Bucannon leads the Pac-12 in tackles with 109. Earlier this month, conference coaches voted him to the All-Pac-12 first team — making him the first WSU player to receive that honor since receiver Brandon Gibson in 2007.
Meanwhile, Washington running back Bishop Sankey was named to the AP second team and Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins made the third team.
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Sankey and Seferian-Jenkins have submitted paperwork seeking evaluations from the NFL; both have said they have not made a decision whether they will return to play as seniors.
A tackle-machine linebacker, a tackle-busting running back and one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country made return appearances on the AP dream team.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State added All-American to his résumé after a spectacular redshirt-freshman season.
Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, a dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.
Winston, a landslide Heisman winner last week, is joined on the first team by three Florida State teammates — center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner — to give the top-ranked Seminoles more first-teamers than any school.
Bucannon, Carey and Sutton are among six Pac-12 players on the first team. The others are UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks and Stanford guard David Yankey.
Saban: No Texas talks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban is trying to look ahead
Saban has put to rest the speculation he would replace Mack Brown at Texas by striking a new deal with Alabama. For the third-ranked Crimson Tide, the focus is on getting over a loss to Auburn and trying to finish the season strong in the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma.
Saban, 62, had said Friday after agreeing to a new contract reportedly worth about $7 million a year he planned to retire at Alabama.
He said “there were no talks” between his representatives and Texas and pointed to comments on ESPN he “never considered going to Texas.”
“I think I’ve already made a reaction to that,” Saban said. “Don’t you watch ESPN? Didn’t you see what they put down across the bottom line? That’s my reaction to it.
“I don’t have any more reactions to it. I think it’s kind of over, so why do we want to talk about that? We look forward. I’m looking forward.”
Brown announced his resignation at Texas on Saturday.
Media reports are mentioning Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher as a candidate to replace Brown.
• A judge has denied former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla’s request to train in Las Vegas for next year’s NFL draft while the athlete is awaiting trial on a drug charge in Oregon.
Lyerla is facing a felony cocaine-possession charge stemming from an arrest Oct. 23.
Jay McAlpin, a Lane County Circuit Court judge, denied Lyerla’s request to live and train under Dwight Ross of Performance Athletics in Nevada.
Seattle Times staff reporter Adam Jude contributed to this report.