Washington WR Dante Pettis named second-team AP All-American, DT Vita Vea named to third-team

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Washington Huskies senior WR Dante Pettis was named second-team AP All-American on Monday. Pettis was given the honor in the all-purpose category. Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Vita Vea, a junior DT, was named third-team AP All-American.

Pettis broke the NCAA record for career punt return touchdowns this season when he returned a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oregon. It was the ninth of his career. Pettis had 4 punt return touchdowns this season, which also tied a Pac-12 single-season record and is the highest total in the nation this year. Pettis is also the Pac-12’s all-time leader in career punt return yards.

As a receiver, Pettis caught 62 passes for 721 yards and 7 TDs this year.

Vea, a junior from Milpitas, Calif., was the centerpiece of a Husky defense that finished the regular season as the Pac-12 leader in rushing, scoring and total defense. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound defensive tackle finished the season with 38 total tackles, including five-and-a-half for loss.

Vea is expected to be a top NFL draft prospect should he decide to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Washington will play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. PT on ESPN.

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