Nov. 29, 2000
Ward, an All-Pac-10 offensive guard, was tabbed a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. Tripplett, an All-Pac-10 defensive lineman was a second-team selection by TSN. A pair of true freshmen, tailback Rich Alexis and cornernback Derrick Johnson, were named second-team picks to The Sporting News All-Freshman All-America squad. Johnson was selected as a kick return specialist.
Ward and Stevens, a tight end, were second-team selections on the 26th-annual Gannett News Service All-America squad.
Triplett was named a first-team All-American on the inaugural ESPNMAG.com's All-America team.
Ward, a preseason All-America pick by several football publications, helped the Huskies to lead the Pac-10 in rushing with an average of 211.7 yards per game. That total currently ranks Washington 25th nationally in rushing. Washington was third in the Pac-10 in sacks allowed with just 25. Ward has started all 44 games during his Husky career.
Stevens, who was named a freshman All-American last season, set a Washington single-season record for a tight end with 43 receptions in 2000. He totaled 600 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. A total of 28 of his 43 catches this season resulted in a first down. Stevens was one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's outstanding tight end.
Tripplett led Washington's defense with 11 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He finished the season with 38 total tackles. Tripplett also blocked three kicks this year. He was named the national defensive player of the week following the Huskies' 17-14 victory at Colorado.
Alexis led Washington in rushing with 738 yards, setting a Husky freshman record in the process. He also topped the team in scoring with nine touchdowns. Johnson led Washington with 23 kickoff returns for 557 yards, the second highest single-season totals in Husky history.