The 2016 AP All-America panel announced their selections which included Aztecs’ star running back Donnel Pumphrey and senior offensive lineman Nico Siragusa. Both players were selected on Monday, with Pumphrey making the second team and Siragusa the third team.
#AztecFB has multiple AP All-America selections for the first time since 1988. https://t.co/O4EgAy6YXv— Jamie McConeghy (@McConeghySDSU) December 12, 2016
At running back, the AP selected D’Onta Foreman from the University of Texas, the nation’s leading rushing leader, and Dalvin Cook from FSU to the first-team. Pumphrey was joined by Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey on the second-team.
The first-team guards were Cody O’Connell from Washington State and Dan Feeney from Indiana. Meanwhile, the Aztecs’ Siragusa was selected alongside Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame to the third-team.
All season long, Pumphrey and Sirgausa have created a combination that has disrupted several team’s defensive plans. Pumphrey has had an incredible individual year rushing for 2,018 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He only needs 108 rushing yards during the Las Vegas Bowl against the University of Houston this Saturday to surpass Ron Dayne and become the FBS career rushing yards leader at No. 1.
These two were not the only Mountain West players who made the cut as Air Force’e Weston Steelhamer joined Siragusa as a third-team member.