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Wildcat football players shut out of first or second team All-Pac12 honors

Posted: 2:56 PM, Nov 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-29 21:56:40Z
Arizona's seniors Samajie Grant, Nate Phillips and Trey Griffey were named honorable mention selections to the conference's All-Pac-12 team. However, following the Wildcats 3-9 season, not one player made first or second team All-Pac-12.
 
Grant converted to running back midway through the season after starting for three seasons as wide receiver.. His best game was his 176 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Territorial Cup championship last Friday. Those totals gave Grant 461 rushing yards and six touchdowns in five games as a running back, an average of 92.2 yards per game. As a wide receiver, Grant finished with 22 receptions for 247 and three touchdowns, giving him nine total touchdowns and 708 yards of total offense, good for second-best on the team.
 
Phillips finished his career as a starting receiver by making a reception in 45 consecutive games played. He recorded  a team-best 33 receptions as a senior, gaining 414 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Phillips finished his career with a 64-yard touchdown last Friday in the Territorial Cup against rival Arizona State. 
 
Griffey started all 12 games in his final season with the Wildcats, emerging as a big play threat in the passing game. Griffey was third on the team in both catches (23) and yards (382) while adding two touchdowns. Of his 23 receptions, 16 were for first downs or touchdowns. He also averaged 16.6 yards per reception which was second-best on the team. Griffey's strong blocking on running plays helped Arizona finish the season as the Pac-12 rushing leader with 235.0 yards per game, boosted by a school-record 511 yards last Friday against Arizona State.