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Washington Named Freshman All-American
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/14/2010
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Dec. 14, 2010

Arizona defensive tackle Justin Washington of Cypress, Texas, was named to the first-team Freshman All-America team by both The Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews today, one of four Pac-10 players cited by both.

Washington joined Robert Woods of USC and Marquess Wilson of Washington State, along with defensive tackle Junior Onyeali of ASU in citations by the organizations. The Sporting News names one team and the foursome all were first-team picks by CFN, which names a second-team along with honorable mention.

Then-freshman punter Keenyn Crier was the last first-team frosh All-American at UA along with tight end Rob Gronkowski in 2007. Running back Keola Antolin was an honorable mention pick in 2008.

Washington, a redshirt freshman, took over a starting role on the inside in UA's second game this year and started nine of the 12 games, missing two other starts later with an injury. He finished with an inside-best 45 tackles including 10.5 for losses and six sacks, plus blocked a kick.

Washington and his teammates will travel to San Antonio at the end of next week for final preparations for the Valero Alamo Bowl Dec. 29 in the Alamodome. The Wildcats (7-5) will be the home team in the bowl against Oklahoma State (10-2) in a match of high-powered offenses.

Arizona enters the bowl season with the nation's No. 23 total offense while the Cowboys tout the top figure in the FBS. UA's defense is rated No. 37 while OSU brings the 90th-rated unit to the contest.

In other football news today, junior receiver Juron Criner was named a second-team All-American by SI.com, his third citation to go with second-team honors from cbssports.com and a third-team citation from rivals.com.  Washington also earned a second-team All-Freshman honor from Phil Steele Publications.

Tickets for the bowl game may be purchased online here. The Cats will depart Tucson on Christmas Eve after several more practice sessions in Tucson. The bowl appearance is UA's third straight, matching the school's best previous streak from 1992-94.

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