Barcoo becomes the first Aztec defensive back in program history to earn the honors. He’s the fourth SDSU player to garner the accolade. He joins Marshall Faulk (first team, 1992 and 1993), Donnel Pumphrey (first team, 2016) and Rashaad Penny (second team, 2017).
Barcoo, who was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back, leads all FBS players in total passes defended (24) and passes defended per game (2).
The Chula Vista native also tied for second in interceptions (8) and interceptions per game (0.67). Barcoo, a first-team all-Mountain West selection and Pro Football Focus Honorable-Mention All-American, also chipped in with 51 tackles (41 solo). It’s his first season as a starter.
Barcoo’s eight interceptions tie him with Damontae Kazee (2015) and Tom Deckert (1969) for the most in SDSU’s Division I history. He also tied for the second highest in program history (Ed Ricketts, 12 in 1951).
His 16 pass breakups, meanwhile, tie him with Darren Hall and Ron Smith (2017) for the second highest total in Aztec single-season history. He trails only Marlon Andrews (22 in 1990).
This is the 130th edition of the Walter Camp All-America team, the nation’s oldest. The team will be honored at an awards banquet on Jan. 18 at Yale University.
The Aztecs (9-3) play Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21 in Albuquerque, N.M.
– Staff reports