Hau’oli Kikaha’s place among the Huskies’ all-time greats was etched in history Wednesday when he became Washington’s sixth unanimous All-American.
Offensive lineman Benji Olson, in 1996, was UW’s last unanimous All-American. The others are safety Lawyer Milloy (1995), offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy (1992), defensive lineman Steve Emtman (1991) and kicker Chuck Nelson (1982).
Kikaha, a senior defensive end/linebacker who this year broke UW records for season (18) and career (35) sacks, was named Wednesday to the All-America first teams by The Sporting News, the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America All-America.
He had previously been named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Associated Press All-America teams. Those five teams are recognized by the NCAA as the “official” teams.
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“I never really care for accolades and pats on the back and stuff,” Kikaha said on Tuesday. “It’s cool and I appreciate the recognition and acknowledgment. … But all it means is I’ve got to keep working and keep improving and get another win (in the TicketCity Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2).”
UW senior nose tackle Danny Shelton was named to the All-America first team by the AP and The Sporting News, just missing out on “consensus” All-America distinction.
Shaq Thompson, UW’s two-way junior star, was named to the AP’s first team as an all-purpose player. That gave UW three first-team players on the AP team for the first time in school history.