Pettis is the 22nd player in UW history to earn consensus All-America distinction.
Washington senior Dante Pettis was recognized Tuesday as a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News, officially giving him “consensus” All-America recognition from the NCAA.
To earn consensus All-America honors, a player must be named to at least three of the five All-America teams recognized by the NCAA: the AFCA, The Sporting News, the Football Writers Association of America, The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation.
Pettis was named a first-team All-American punt returner/all-purpose player by the Sporting News, Walter Camp, the FWAA and the AFCA. He was also an AP second-teamer.
The AFCA All-America team is scheduled to be announced Wednesday, but it was posted Tuesday on UW athletics’ website, gohuskies.com.
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He is the 22nd player in program history to earn consensus distinction, and the third in the past four years. Budda Baker earned consensus recognition last year and Hau’oli Kikaha was a unanimous selection in 2014.
A senior from San Clemente, Calif., Pettis broke the NCAA record for punt-return touchdowns in a career, with nine. This season, Pettis returned four punts for scores, including the record-breaker in a 38-3 win over Oregon. He also tied an NCAA record by scoring on a punt return in three consecutive games (Rutgers, Montana, Fresno State) and broke the Pac-12 record for career punt return yards, with 1,274.
He enters the Dec. 30 Fiesta Bowl as the NCAA leader in punt return average, at 20.4 yards per return — the highest in a season by any returner in college football since 2013.
UW’s Consensus All-Americans
1925 – George Wilson, B
1928 – Chuck Carroll, B
1936 – Max Starcevich, G
1940 – Rudy Mucha, C
1941 – Ray Frankowski, G
1963 – Rick Redman, G
1964 – Rick Redman, G
1966 – Tom Greenlee, DT
1968 – Al Worley, DB
1982 – Chuck Nelson, PK *
1984 – Ron Holmes, DL
1986 – Jeff Jaeger, PK
1986 – Reggie Rogers, DL
1991 – Steve Emtman, DL *
1991 – Mario Bailey, WR
1992 – Lincoln Kennedy, OL *
1995 – Lawyer Milloy, DB *
1996 – Benji Olson, OL
1997 – Olin Kreutz, OL
2014 – Hau’oli Kikaha, LB*
2016 – Budda Baker, DB
2017 – Dante Pettis, PR
Source: UW media guide