Ben Burr-Kirven Named AP All-America; Taylor Rapp, Byron Murphy On Second Team

Per The University of Washington Press Release…..

December 10, 2018

Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven has been named to the Associated Press All-America first team, while Husky defensive backs Taylor Rapp and Byron Murphy each made the AP’s second team.
 
Burr-Kirven, a senior linebacker from Menlo Park, Calif., was named the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year last week and also was the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football, making him the first man ever to win those two awards.
 
One of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Burr-Kirven heads into the Huskies’ date with Ohio State in the 2019 Rose Bowl as the nation’s leading tackler, with 165 total stops, most by a Husky since 1989. He’s also among the national leaders in both fumble recoveries and forced fumbles.
 
Rapp, a junior safety from Bellingham, Wash., earned first-team All-Pac-12 for the second straight season in 2018. He’s also a two-time, first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection and was the Pac-12’s Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2016. He leads the 2018 Huskies in both tackles for loss and sacks.
 
Murphy, a sophomore cornerback from Scottsdale, Ariz., was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus. A first-team All-Pac-12 pick, he was also the MVP of the Pac-12 Championship Game. Murphy leads the Huskies with is four interceptions.
 
The AP All-America team is one of five teams recognized by the NCAA that make up the unanimous and consensus All-America teams each year. The first, the Walter Camp Football Foundation team, was announced last week, with Burr-Kirven earning a spot on the second team.
 
The third of those, the Football Writers’ Association of America (FWAA) All-America will come out this afternoon (Monday, Dec. 10), with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and The Sporting News’ teams yet to be announced.
 
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