FWAA names Freshman All-American team

The 15th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team was released today, with many players coming from schools in the southern part of the U.S. Four players on the roster will be playing in Glendale Monday night for the National Championship.

To no surprise, the SEC had the most selections, with eight total, including Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley. The Big 12 had five players on the team, with the three players each coming from the Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC.

Every Division I conference had a selection, including Notre Dame.

Best new coach goes to Houston’s Tom Herman, who beat out Jim Harbaugh in his return to college football,

Incoming FWAA president Mark Anderson led the 10-person panel of nationally-prominent writers that represent each of the FBS conferences in the selecting the team. Both true freshmen (19 players) and redshirt freshmen (10 players) were considered for the team and are so noted on the list below.

OFFENSE (12)
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA 6-4 210 Manhattan Beach, Calif.
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State 5-11 222 Coplay, Pa.
RB Myles Gaskin, Washington 5-9 192 Lynnwood, Wash.
RB Mike Warren, Iowa State 6-0 200 Lawton, Okla.
WR Penny Hart, Georgia State 5-9 170 Buford, Ga.
WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee 5-9 171 Sarasota, Fla.
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama 6-1 188 Coconut Creek, Fla.
OL William Clapp, LSU 6-5 303 New Orleans, La.
OL Will Noble, Houston 6-4 290 Leander, Texas
OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson 6-5 295 Suwanee, Ga.
OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois 6-6 311 Green Bay, Wis.
OL Connor Williams, Texas 6-5 283 Coppell, Texas
DEFENSE (12)
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
DE  Walter Brady, Missouri 6-3 255 Florence, Ala.
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech 6-5 256 St. Francisville, La.
DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri 6-4 300 East St. Louis, Ill.
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson 6-4 315 Springfield, Mass.
LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin 6-1 238 Lake Villa, Ill.
LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas 6-0 222 Fayetteville, Ark.
LB Malik Jefferson, Texas 6-3 232 Mesquite, Texas
DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama 6-1 192 Hoover, Ala.
DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State 5-11 195 Chattanooga, Tenn.
DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan 6-1 205 East Orange, N.J.
DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming 6-0 194 Arvada, Colo.
DB Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh 5-11 185 Aliquippa, Pa.
SPECIALISTS (5)
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
K Justin Yoon, Notre Dame 5-10 185 Nashville, Tenn.
P Austin Seibert, Oklahoma 5-10 210 Belleville, Ill.
AP Christian Kirk, Texas A&M 5-11 200 Scottsdale, Ariz.
KR Kavontae Turpin, TCU 5-9 152 Monroe, La.
PR Antonio Callaway, Florida 5-11 198 Miami, Fla.
HEAD COACH
Tom Herman, Houston (Finalists: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan and Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh).
• Denotes true freshman

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