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By Ana Kieu
Paulson Adebo shined in a list of eight Stanford Cardinal football student-athletes who earned All-Pac-12 honors on Tuesday. Adebo was a first-team selection, while Drew Dalman, Colby Parkinson and Casey Toohill received second-team recognition.
Thomas Booker, Curtis Robinson, Foster Sarell and 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. His 14 passes defended placed him inside the top 30 nationally, while his 1.6 passes defended per game were third-best nationally. He’s 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 the Northwestern Wildcats in the season opener and added five tackles and two pass breakups. In the Cardinal win over No. 15 Washington Huskies, he had five tackles and matched his career-high with four pass breakups to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Arizona, he registered his second career two-interception game and 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, starting all 12 Cardinal games at center. The only offensive lineman to start every game this season, he 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 Cardinal game at tight end and threw for a touchdown. He 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, his eight sacks were tied for fourth nationally among outside linebackers in a 3-4 system, while his 10 quarterback hits were eighth and his 19 quarterback hurries were 18th.
Booker, who’s just a sophomore, finished with 50 tackles, which was 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 at 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, like Dalman, 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.