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WSU’s Dillard named third-team All-America | Sports

Make it four straight All-America nods for the left side of Washington State’s offensive line.

Senior tackle Andre Dillard received third-team honors from the Associated Press on Monday, meaning the Cougars have garnered All-America recognition at either left tackle or guard every season since USA Today placed tackle Joe Dahl on its second unit in 2015.

Left guard Cody O’Connell earned unanimous first-team honors in 2016 and landed on the first unit of Walter Camp and Sporting News teams last year.

Dillard, a 6-foot-5, 310-pounder from Woodinville, Wash., has started 38 consecutive games dating to the start of his sophomore season when he assumed Dahl’s left-tackle spot.

He made first-team All-Pac-12 this season after serving as the blind-side protector for national passing leader Gardner Minshew. Pro Football Focus named him the top tackle in the conference and the best pass-blocking tackle in the country.

The No. 12 Cougars (10-2) play in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Antonio against Iowa State (8-4). They staged their first bowl practice Sunday in Pullman.

The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on the AP first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two, including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, and No. 3 Notre Dame had one.

The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day.

The playoff teams combined for 17 overall selections on the teams chosen by a panel of AP poll voters.

The Tide placed two players on each side of the ball, with Outland Trophy winner Quinnen Williams highlighting the defense. Receiver Jerry Jeudy, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and safety Deionte Thompson also made the first team while Tua Tagovailoa was the second-team quarterback.

Clemson placed defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell on the first team, and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Cornerback Julian Love represented Notre Dame on the first team.

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