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Utah football: Wishnowsky, Bolles named USA Today All-Americans

Two first-year Utah football players continue to rack up awards.

USA Today named Utah sophomore punter Mitch Wishnowsky a first-team All-American on Thursday, while junior offensive lineman Garett Bolles earned second-team honors.

Wishnowsky, who Sporting News named a first-team All-American on Wednesday, leads the nation in punts of 50-plus yards (28), punts inside the 20-yard line (34) and punts inside the 10 (17). He is also second in the country averaging 48.0 yards per punt, a category he led several times throughout the year.

Wishnowsky, also a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree, is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top punter. The winner will be announced Thursday night during the College Football Awards show on ESPN at 5 p.m. MST. Former Utah punter Tom Hackett won the past two Ray Guy awards.

Bolles, the top-rated junior-college prospect out of Snow College last season, started every game at left tackle for the Utes in 2016. He helped Utah average 210.5 rushing yards per game, 35th nationally, and was second on the team with 11 cuts.

Like Wishnowsky, Bolles was named to the All-Pac-12 first team last week.