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U football players recognized by Pac-12 conference coaches

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Posted at 8:01 PM, Dec 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-02 22:03:42-05

University of Utah’s senior defensive end Trevor Reilly and sophomore punter Tom Hackett were named to the 2013 All-Pac-12 Conference first team as voted on by the conference coaches, according to a U press release.

Senior defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi made the second team and five Utes earned honorable mention recognition.

Reilly was the best player for a Utah defense that is tied for first in the nation with 39 sacks and ranks third in the conference in rushing defense with 130.3 yards per game.

Reilly led in Utah tackles, with a total of 100 — tackles for loss 16, sacks 8.5 and 3 fumble recoveries. Reilly ranked in the top five in the league in all of those categories.

Hackett led the Pac-12 in punt average with 43.4.

Punts inside the 20-yard line were 27 and of 50-plus yards were 19.

Hackett placed 11 punts inside the 10-yard line. Hackett set the Utah record for most punt yards in a season with 3,300, while his 76 punts ranks second and his 19 punts of 50-plus yards is tied for third.

Palepoi clogged up the middle from his position at nose tackle and finished with 53 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, the release stated.

Earning honorable mention recognition were junior receiver Dres Anderson, senior center Vyncent Jones, senior cornerback Keith McGill, freshman kicker Andy Phillips and sophomore linebacker Jason Whittingham.