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Utah's Hackett and Orchard Named All Americans by Football Writers

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The accolades and post season awards continue to roll in for Utah punter Tom Hackett and defensive lineman Nate Orchard, both of who were named first-team All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The FWAA is one of the five organizations used by the NCAA to determine consensus All-Americans to announce its team, and Hackett's inclusion on all five (four first team) assures the Ray Guy Award winner of consensus status. Orchard is also still in the running for consensus honors, with first-team recognition from Walter Camp and the FWAA, and second-team accolades by AP and The Sporting News.

Hackett is just the third Utah punter named to the FWAA first team, joining Marv Bateman (1970) and Louie Sakoda (2007). Orchard is the third Utah defensive lineman to earn first-team FWAA All-America honors, joining Steve Clark (1981) and Luther Elliss (1994). The only other time two Utah players made the FWAA All-America team in the same year was in 2004, with Heisman finalist and quarterback Alex Smith and offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu.

In their history, the Utes have had 14 players earn 15 first-team FWAA All-America citations (Sakoda is the only two-time honoree, a first-team punter in 2007 and a first-team kicker in 2008).

Hackett will become Utah's fifth consensus All-American when that team is announced. Utah's other consensus All-Americans are Elliss (1994), offensive lineman Jordan Gross (2002), defensive back Eric Weddle (2006) and Sakoda (unanimous kicker in 2008).

Updated listing of 2014 Utah All-Americans:

Tom Hackett:
Walter Camp (1st team)
Associated Press (1st team)
AFCA (1st team)
FWAA (1st team)
The Sporting News (2nd team) (1st team) (1st team) (1st team)
SB Nation (1st team)
USA Today (2nd team)

Nate Orchard:
Walter Camp (1st team)
FWAA (1st team)
Associated Press (2nd team)
The Sporting News (2nd team) (1st team) (1st team)
SB Nation (1st team)
USA Today (2nd team) (2nd team)

Kaelin Clay:
The Sporting News (1st team) (1st team) (1st team) (2nd team)

Lowell Lotulelei:
USA Today Freshman All-American (1st team) Freshman All-American (2nd team)