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Adebo leads list of Stanford all-Pac-12 football players

Paulsen Adebo was named first team all-Pac-12 on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Junior cornerback Paulson Adebo highlighted a list of eight Stanford football student-athletes who earned All-Pac-12 honors on Tuesday.

Adebo was a first-team selection, while junior center Drew Dalman, junior tight end Colby Parkinson and fifth-year outside linebacker Casey Toohill earned second-team recognition.

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Sophomore defensive end Thomas Booker, senior inside linebacker Curtis Robinson, junior right tackle Foster Sarell and junior kick returner Connor Wedington earned honorable mention.

Adebo started the first nine games of the season before missing the final three due to injury. He totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

Adebo's 14 passes defended placed him inside the top 30 nationally, while his 1.6 passes defended per game were third-best nationally. He is one of just three players nationally with four-or-more interceptions in each of the last two seasons.

Adebo made his first interception of the season against Northwestern in the season opener, adding five tackles and two pass breakups. In the Cardinal win over No. 15 Washington, Adebo had five tackles and matched his career high with four pass breakups to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Arizona, Adebo registered his second career two-interception game, earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Jim Thorpe Award National Player of the Week honors.

Dalman was a rock on the offensive line all season long, starting all 12 games for the Cardinal at center. The only offensive lineman to start every game this season, Dalman led an offensive line that featured three true freshmen in the starting lineup for each of the final six games and at least two true freshmen in nine of 12 games.

Parkinson, a captain and semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, made 48 catches for 589 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 12.3 yards per reception and started every game for the Cardinal at tight end, also throwing for a touchdown. Parkinson was targeted 88 times this season, third-most among tight ends nationally, and did not have a drop.

Toohill, a Cardinal captain, finished the season with 60 tackles while leading the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. According to Pro Football Focus, Toohill's eight sacks were tied for fourth nationally among OLBs in a 3-4 system, while his 10 QB hits were eighth and his 19 QB hurries were 18th.

Booker, in his sophomore season, finished with 50 tackles, good for fourth-most on the team. He had 8.5 tackles for loss, third-most on the team, and four sacks, tied for second-most on the team. He also had three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Robinson, in his first season playing inside linebacker, finished second on the team with 64 tackles. He added three tackles for loss and two sacks to go along with three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

Sarell was an integral part in the offensive line leadership this season. He started 11-of-12 games at right tackle, playing alongside three true freshmen for the final six games of the season.

Wedington averaged 28.1 yards per kick return this season, totaling 590 yards on 21 returns. He also added 51 receptions for 506 yards and a touchdown this season.

— Staff report

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