Dec. 13, 2000
Seattle - Washington offensive guard Chad Ward and nose tackle Larry Tripplett have added to their growing list of All-America honors. Ward, a 6-5, 335-pound senior from Finley, Wash., was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press and CNNSI.com. Tripplett, a 6-1, 295-pound junior from Los Angeles, was a third-team selection by the Associated Press.
Ward is the ninth Husky offensive lineman to earn first-team All-America honors by the Associated Press. This season he helped Washington to lead the Pac-10 Conference in rushing with an average of 211.7 yards per game. The Huskies rushed for 685 yards in their final two regular season games. Ward has appeared in every game during his four-year career and started all but the first three games of his career. Earlier this year he Ward was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com. He was a second-team selection by Gannett News Service and The Football News.
Washington's previous offensive linemen to earn first-team Associated Press All-America honors include Paul Schweger (1930 & '31), Max Starcevich (1936), Rudy Mucha (1940), Ray Frankowski (1941), Roy McKasson (1960), Lincoln Kennedy (1992), Benji Olson (1996 & '97) and Olin Kreutz (1997).
Tripplett made 11 tackles for loss and recorded 6.5 sacks this season. He also proved to be a factor on special teams, blocking three kicks. He has started every game for Washington during the past two seasons. Both Tripplett and Ward were named to the all-Pac-10 Conference Team this season.
Tripplett's previous All-America selections this year include first-team honors by ESPNMAG.com, a second-team pick by The Sporting News and third team honors by The Football News and CollegeFootballNews.com.