SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Coming off their best season since joining the Pac-12 conference, the Utes football team was rewarded with a school-record nine players on the All-Pac-12 first team.
Offensive linemen Jackson Barton and Jordan Agasiva earned first team honors on offense, while four defensive players made the first team, linebacker Chase Hansen, defensive end Bradlee Anae, defensive tackle Leki Fotu and defensive back Jaylon Johnson.
The Utes also had three special team players make the All-Pac-12 first team, in three-time honoree punter Mitch Wishnowsky, kicker Matt Gay and return specialist Britain Covey.
Wishnowsky is a three-time Ray Guy Award finalist who plans to attend the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6. He won the 2016 Ray Guy Award and was a unanimous consensus All-American. Wishnowsky ranks second in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation in punt average (45.1).
Gay, the 2017 Lou Groza Award winner and All-American, leads the Pac-12 and ranks third nationally in field goals made (24) and is fourth in the nation in field goals per game (1.85). He leads the nation in field goals made (10) and attempted (15) beyond 40 yards and leads the league in scoring (8.8 ppg).
Covey ranks second in the Pac-12 in both punt returns (25) and yards (221). He is third in the league in punt return average (8.8).
Anae leads the Pac-12 with 8.0 sacks while his 14.5 tackles for loss ranks fifth. He leads the defensive line with 48 tackles. Hansen leads the Pac-12 in total TFL (22.0) and ranks fifth in the nation. He is second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game (1.7) and is tied for fourth nationally. Hansen leads Utah with 114 tackles. Johnson is tied for the Pac-12 lead with four interceptions. He leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation with 126 interception return yards. Fotu has 29 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.
Barton and Agasiva are Utah’s total play leaders on the offensive line and have started in all 13 games. Barton has a team-high nine cuts.
The Utes also had four players placed on the All-Pac-12 second team. Safety Marquise Blair, cornerback Julian Blackmon, defensive tackle John Penisini and running back Zack Moss were all honored.