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Five On Associated Press All-Pac-12 Teams

December 6, 2018
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BERKELEY – Five Cal players have been named to The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team announced Wednesday as selected by a panel of sports writers who cover the conference. Ashtyn Davis and Evan Weaver both earned first-team honors while Camryn Bynum, Jordan Kunaszyk and Patrick Mekari were second-team selections.

Below are notes on Cal's selections with extended bios available by clicking on their names.

FIRST TEAM

Ashtyn Davis, S/KR, 6-1, 190, RJr., 2L (Santa Cruz, CA/Santa Cruz HS)

• Has earned first-team (Associated Press) and honorable mention (Pac-12 coaches) All-Pac-12 honors as a 2018 junior
• Has started all 12 games and registered career highs of 45 tackles, a team-high four interceptions that he has returned for 59 yards and his first career pick-six as well as five pass breakups
• Has also returned 24 kicks for 629 yards and his lone career kick return touchdown on a career-long 89-yarder against Idaho State
• Tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 13th nationally with his four interceptions, while his 0.3 per game are tied for second and tied for 15th
• Shares the Pac-12 lead with two others with his single kickoff return touchdown that ranks tied for sixth nationally, while his 26.2 yards per kick return average is second in the Pac-12 and 16th nationally
• Second on the squad with 688 all-purpose yards
• Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after a pair of interceptions against Colorado that he ran back a combined 59 yards including a 35-yard touchdown for his first career pick-six while adding three tackles, a critical pass breakup on Colorado's final offensive play and four kick returns for 82 yards to total 141 all-purpose yards

Evan Weaver, ILB, 6-3, 245, Jr., 2L, Spokane, WA (Gonzaga Prep)

• Has earned second-team All-American (Pro Football Focus) honors as well as first-team (Associated Press) and second-team (Pac-12 coaches) All-Pac-12 recognition as a 2018 junior
• Has started all 12 games and recorded career highs of 143 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards), 4.5 sacks (-28 yards), two interceptions that he has returned for 47 yards and his lone career touchdown, six pass breakups and one quarterback hurry
• Ranks tied for fifth nationally with 6.4 solo tackles per game and eighth in total tackles with 11.9 per contest
• Has nine double-digit tackle games including a career-high 19 tackles against Colorado and has led or co-led the team in tackles 10 times, both team highs
• Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week by both the league and College Sports Madness when he had 11 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown that was Cal's lone touchdown in a 12-10 win over eventual Pac-12 champion Washington

SECOND TEAM

Camryn Bynum, CB, 6-0, 180, RSo., 1L (Corona, CA/Centennial HS)

• Has earned second-team (Associated Press) and honorable mention (Pac-12 coaches) All-Pac-12 honors as a 2018 sophomore
• Has started all 12 games and recorded 43 tackles as well as a career-high nine pass breakups, a career-high-tying two interceptions and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard)
• Had a career-high nine tackles at USC and a career-high four pass breakups against North Carolina while his interceptions came at Arizona and against Washington

Jordan Kunaszyk, ILB, 6-3, 235, RSr., 2L, Sacramento, CA (American River College/Roseville HS)

• Has earned second-team All-American (Sports Illustrated) honors as well as first-team (Pac-12 coaches) and second-team (Associated Press) All-Pac-12 honors as a 2018 senior while also being one of eight national semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy
• Has started all 12 games and compiled career highs of 133 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss (-55 yards), 4.0 sacks (-24 yards) and five forced fumbles as well as a career-high-tying one fumble recovery
• Ranks first in the Pac-12 and third in nation with 6.9 solo tackles per game while he is third in the Pac-12 and 12th nationally with 11.1 total tackles per game
• Had a career-high 22 tackles against UCLA for the most by a Cal player since 1993 as well as the most by a Pac-12 player and tied for the fifth most nationally in 2018

Patrick Mekari, OL, 6-4, 320, Sr., 3L (Westlake Village, CA/Westlake HS)

• Earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from The Associated Press as a 2018 senior
• On the watch list for the Outland Trophy given annually to the nation's top interior lineman on either side of the football
• Started the first 10 games at left tackle while also seeing action at both left guard and right guard but missed the final two regular-season contests and will not play in the Cheez-It Bowl due to injury
• Did not record any statistics other than participation
• Named Cal's Offensive Player of the Week in the season opener against North Carolina

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Five On Associated Press All-Pac-12 Teams

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The 2018 Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, as selected by a panel of sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers or broadcast outlets. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown; "u-" denotes unanimous selections.
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First team
Offense
Quarterback u-Gardner Minshew II, Washington State, 6-2, 220, sr., Brandon, Missouri.
Running back u-Eno Benjamin, Arizona State, 5-10, 200, soph., Wylie, Texas; Joshua Kelley, UCLA, 5-11, 204, jr., Lancaster, California.
Tackles Andre Dillard, Washington State, 6-5, 310, sr., Woodinville, Washington; Calvin Throckmorton, 6-5, 318, jr., Bellevue, Washington.
Guards Shane Lemieux, Oregon, 6-4, 317, jr., Yakima, Washington. Jordan Agasiva, Utah, 6-4, 320, sr., Kalihi, Hawaii.
Center Nick Harris, Washington, 6-1, 300, jr., Inglewood, California.
Tight end Caleb Wilson, UCLA, 6-4, 235, jr., Dallas, Texas.
Wide receiver N'Keal Harry, Arizona State, 6-4, 213, jr., Chandler, Arizona; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford, 6-3, 225, sr., Inman, South Carolina.
All-purpose player J.J. Taylor, Arizona, 5-6, 184, soph., Corona, California.
Kicker Matt Gay, Utah, 6-0, 230, sr., Orem, Utah.
Defense
Defensive ends u-Bradlee Anae, Utah, 6-3, 254, jr. Laie, Hawaii; Justin Hollins, Oregon, 6-5, 242, sr., Arlington, Texas.
Defensive tackles u-Greg Gaines, Washington, 6-2, 316, sr., La Habra, California; Mustafa Johnson, Colorado, 6-2, 290, soph., Turlock, California.
Linebackers u-Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington, 6-0, 221, sr., Menlo Park, California; Chase Hansen, Utah, 6-3, 230, sr., Highland, Utah; Evan Weaver, California, 6-3, 245, jr., Spokane, Washington.
Cornerbacks Byron Murphy, Washington, 5-11, 182, soph., Scottsdale, Arizona; Paulson Adebo, Stanford, 6-1, 189, soph., Mansfield, Texas.
Safeties Taylor Rapp, Washington, 6-2, 200, jr., Bellingham, Washington; Ashtyn Davis, California, 6-1, 190, jr. Santa Cruz, California.
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah, 6-2, 220, sr., Perth Australia.
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Second Team
Offense
Quarterback K.J. Costello, Stanford, 6-5, 215, jr., Coto de Caza, California.
Running back Myles Gaskin, Washington, 5-10, 193, sr., Lynwood, Washington; Zack Moss, Utah, 5-10, 215, jr., Hialeah Gardens, Florida.
Tackles Kaleb McGary, Washington, 6-8, 324, sr., Fife, Washington; Patrick Mekari, California, 6-4, 310, jr., Westlake Village, California.
Guards Chris Brown, USC, 6-5, 310, sr., Los Angeles; Gus Lavaka, Oregon State, 6-4, 353, jr., Kearns, Utah.
Center Jake Hanson, Oregon, 6-5, 297, jr., Eureka, California.
Tight end Kaden Smith, Stanford, 6-5, 252, jr., Flower Mound, Texas.
Wide receivers Dillon Mitchell, Oregon, 6-2, 189, jr., Memphis, Tennessee; Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado, 6-2, 220, jr., DeSoto, Texas.
All-purpose player Britain Covey, Utah, 5-8, 170, soph., Provo, Utah.
Kicker Jet Toner, Stanford, 6-4, 201, jr., Honolulu.
Defense
Defensive ends Logan Tago, Washington State, 6-3, 250, sr., ***asa, American Samoa; Christian Rector, USC, 604, 275, jr., Pasadena, California.
Defensive tackles Leki Fotu, Utah, 6-5, jr., West Valley City, Utah; Jordan Scott, Oregon, 6-1, 329, sophomore, Largo, Florida.
Linebackers Jordan Kunaszyk, California, 6-3, 235, sr., Sacramento, California; Colin Schooler, Arizona, 6-0, 236, soph., Dana Point, California; Nate Landman, Colorado, 6-3, 235, jr., Danville, California.
Cornerbacks Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon, 5-11, 191, soph., Rancho Cucamonga, California; (tie) Camryn Bynum, California, 6-0, 180, soph., Corona California, Elisha Guidry, UCLA, 5-11, 182, fr., Murrieta, Georgia, and Julian Blackmon, Utah, 6-1, 190, jr., Layton, Utah.
Safeties Jalen Thompson, Washington State, 6-0, 190, jr., Downey, California; Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon, 5-10, 201, sr., Nashville, Tennessee.
Punter Jake Bailey, Stanford, 6-2, 202, sr., Solana Beach, California.
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Coach of the year Mike Leach, Washington State.
Offensive player of the year Gardner Minshew II, Washington State.
Defensive player of the year Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington.
Newcomer of the year Gardner Minshew II, Washington State.
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Voting panel:
Tony Parks, 1280 The Zone, Salt Lake City; Theo Lawson, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington; Gary Horowitz, The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon; Joey Kaufman, Southern California News Group; Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, San Jose, California; James Crepea, The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon; Brian Howell, Buffzone.com, Boulder, Colorado; Adam Jude, The Seattle Times; Christian Caple, The Athletic; Lauren Kirschman, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington.
Goobear
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Congrats to all!
ducky23
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ashtyn davis not even making 2nd team on the coaches all pac-12 team was a joke
tim94501
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Wait JK was an AA but not 1st team???
oskirules
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All players recruited in the Dykes regime that were able to flourish under Wilcox and co.
71Bear
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tim94501 said:

Wait JK was an AA but not 1st team???
He was Second Team on the SI AA team. There are numerous AA teams. What to look for are guys who are consensus All-Americans. We are quite a ways away from determining them.

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