TUCSON AZ - DECEMBER 02: Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats throws a pass under pressure from Junior Onyeali #97 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on December 2 2010 in Tucson Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ASU's Hankins, Bolden Honored With All-Pac-10 First-Team Designation

In an otherwise disappointing year, two Arizona State Sun Devil footballers took home honors: Junior Onyeali was named Pac-10 Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year and Omar Bolden earned First-Team honors.

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ASU's Hankins, Bolden Honored With All-Pac-10 First-Team Designation By Scout.com

It is an impressive honor to earn First-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference Honors, but two Sun Devils played well enough in 2010 to be given the nod from Scout.com. Senior punter Trevor Hankins and junior cornerback Omar Bolden have made the team. Sophomore linebacker Vontaze Burfict was named to the Second-Team.

Hankins performed admirably during this season, punting 54 times for an average of nearly 45 yards a punt. Hankins' worst gaffe of the season was being suspended for the USC game, and his absence was an obvious weakness for the Sun Devils against the Trojans. Hankins will be truly missed for his experience and consistency.

Bolden excelled in a dual role, playing both cornerback and kickoff return specialist. Bolden scored two touchdowns in 2010 (one off an interception, the other on a kickoff return) and had three interceptions. Bolden has steadily improved from his freshman year onward and will be an important part of ASU's 2011 plans.

Here's the official press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 10, 2010

ASU's Bolden, Hankins Earn First-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference Honors By Scout.com

TEMPE, Ariz.--Junior cornerback Omar Bolden and senior punter Trevor Hankins of Arizona State University have earned First-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference accolades by Scout.com, it was announced Friday.  Sophomore middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 on defense by Scout.com.

Bolden (Ontario, Calif.) also earned First-Team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors in 2010. Bolden led ASU with three interceptions for 85 yards and one touchdown and collected 52 tackles, including 37 solo stops. Bolden added three tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble. He also returned 11 kickoffs for 321 yards and a 29.2 yard average. He returned one for a touchdown against Wisconsin. For his special teams play, Bolden also was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 Conference as a kickoff return specialist.

Hankins (Scottsdale, Ariz.) punted 54 times for an average of 44.6 yards per punt.  He was fourth in the Pac-10 in punting, downing 16 inside the opponent's 20-yard line and had 17 punts of 50 or more yards.  His longest traveled 63 yards.  Hankins also earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 kudos.

Burfict (Corona, Calif.) also was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 Conference in 2010.  Burfict led ASU with 90 tackles, including 54 solos. He added 8.5 quarterback sacks for minus 18 yards and had three pass breakups. He also forced two fumbles.

--www.thesundevils.com--

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