Johnny Manziel, Devonte Fields lead FWAA Freshman All-America Team

Johnny Manziel and Devonte Fields get to add FWAA Freshman All-America to their list of 2012 accolades. (US Presswire)

The Football Writers Association of America announced its 2012 Freshman All-America Team on Monday, highlighting some of the best first-year contributors across the nation.

Players from all 11 FBS conferences and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are represented on the 30-man roster, which is highlighted by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel . The Texas A&M Aggies quarterback is joined by 15 other redshirt freshmen and 14 true freshmen, including TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Devonte Fields . Fields also earned First Team All-Big 12 honors after recording 10 sacks and leading the league with 18.5 tackles for loss.

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Check out the full list of freshmen below. Any snubs or selections you approve of? Let us know in the comment section below or holler at us on Twitter (@EyeOnCFB).


QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB Kenneth Dixon , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
RB Todd Gurley , Georgia Bulldogs
WR Davante Adams , Fresno State Bulldogs
WR Amari Cooper , Alabama Crimson Tide
WR J.D. McKissic , Arkansas State Red Wolves
TE Devin Funchess , Michigan Wolverines
OL Jack Allen , Michigan State Spartans
OL Austin Blythe , Iowa Hawkeyes
OL Jake Brendel , UCLA Bruins
OL Le'Raven Clark , Texas Tech Red Raiders
OL Parker Ehinger , Cincinnati Bearcats
OL Tyler Johnstone , Oregon Ducks


DL Deion Barnes , Penn State Nittany Lions
DL Devonte Fields, TCU
DL Sam Ukwuachu , Boise State Broncos
DL Leonard Wllliams, Southern California Trojans
LB Kyler Fackrell , Utah State Aggies
LB Cory James , Colorado State Rams
LB Tyler Matakevich , Temple Owls
LB Denzel Nkemdiche , Ole Miss Rebels
DB Kevin Byard , Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders " data-canon="Tennessee Volunteers" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">
DB Ronald Darby , Florida State Seminoles
DB KeiVarae Russell , Notre Dame Fighting Irish
DB Trevon Stewart , Houston Cougars


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K Austin Lopez , San Jose State Spartans
PR Jaime Wilson , Western Michigan Broncos
KR Duke Johnson , Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
AP Stefon Diggs , Maryland Terrapins

HEAD COACH -- Urban Meyer, Ohio State 

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