Hau’oli Kikaha becomes Huskies’ fifth unanimous All-American
Hau’oli Kikaha had already joined elite Washington Huskies football company by earning a pair of first-team All-America honors.
On Wednesday, he entered an even more exclusive club, becoming just the fifth player in school history to earn recognition as a unanimous All-American.
That distinction is achieved by players who are named first-team All-America by five services recognized by the NCAA — the Associated Press, The Sporting News, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Football Writers Association of America.
Kikaha, who led the nation this season with 18 sacks, earned first-team honors from Walter Camp last week, and was named first team by the AP along with teammates Danny Shelton and Shaq Thompson on Tuesday.
But Wednesday brought the big haul. The Sporting News, AFCA and FWAA each included Kikaha among their first-team selections, making him the Huskies’ first unanimous All-American since Lincoln High grad Lawyer Milloy in 1995.
The other three are kicker Chuck Nelson in 1982; defensive end Steve Emtman in 1991; and offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy in 1992.
Kikaha is also the 19th consensus All-American in UW history. The consensus tag is given to players who are named first-team by at least three of the aforementioned five outlets.
Shelton was named first-team by AP and The Sporting News, and second-team by Walter Camp. Thompson was named first-team by AP, and second team by The Sporting News.