Araiza and Thomas take first-team All-America honors



Araiza and Thomas earn AA honors

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State Football Juniors Matt Araïza (San Diego / Rancho Bernardo HS) and Cameron thomas (Carlsbad, Calif. / Carlsbad HS) were each named All-America first team caps by various outlets on Wednesday.

Araiza, who is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year, was named the All-American First Team on Wednesday by The Athletic, ESPN and CBS Sports, and as a first pick by Bleacher Report on Tuesday. Thomas, meanwhile, who was a semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award and MW Defensive Player of the Year, landed on The Athletic’s first team today.

The five teams that make up the NCAA All-America Consensus Team start Thursday with Team Walter Camp All-America, followed by the FWAA (December 10), Associated Press (December 13), The Sporting News (December 14) ) and AFCA (Dec. 15).

During the season, Araiza kicked 76 times for 3,904 yards, ranking first in FBS history for average punters (51.4 on average), 60-yard punts ( 18) and 50-yard punters (39). Of Araiza’s 76 punts, 36 landed inside the 20-yard line as Araiza posted a net punt average of 44.3. One of four players in the nation who handles all three punt tasks (punters, PAT / field goals and kickoffs), Araiza added 17 field goals, including three over 50 yards, and Has kicked off 67 times (excluding kicks in play) for an average of 65.06 with 56 for a touchback.

Araiza leads all FBS players in punt average (51.37), total punt count (3,904) and punt yards per game (300.31), and is tied for first in percentage of PAT (100.00), tied for second for punters inside the 20-yard line (36) and total puntings (76), third for kickoff average (65.06), tied for fifth for punters per game (5.85), sixth for net punt average (44.28), tied for sixth for field goal attempts (28), eighth in kickoff touchdown percentage (83.58), tied for eighth in kickoff touchdowns (56) and tied for eighth in kickoff attempts (56) placement per game (2.08).

Araiza has six punts of at least 70 yards, the largest in the country (five are tied for second with two kicks from 70 yards), including the longest (86 yards), the fifth longest (81 , tied), ninth longest (79), 12th longest (77, tied), 17th longest (75, tied) and 28th longest (72, tied).

Thomas, meanwhile, totaled 68 tackles, while leading the team in tackles for loss (20.5), sacks (11.5) and quarterbacks (21). Thomas’s 11.5 sacks this year are the sixth-most in SDSU history in a single season, while his 20.5 tackles for a loss are seventh and tied for most in history of the league. Among the national leaders, he is third in lost tackles (20.5), fourth in lost tackles per game (1.58), tied for sixth in sacks (11.5) and 12th in sacks by match (0.88).

According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas has the fourth highest defensive rating (90.3, min. 600 snaps) in the country. Thomas also has the most quarterback presses (sacks / hits / hurries) (77) and hits (21) in FBS, and the sixth most pressed (44).

San Diego State (11-2), which tied a school record with 11 wins this season and finished 24th in the final college football playoff standings, plays UTSA’s No. 24 (AP) (12-1 ) at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Tuesday, December 21 in Frisco, Texas.


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