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

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
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 are represented on the 30-man roster, which is highlighted by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M quarterback is joined by 15 other redshirt freshmen and 14 true freshmen, including TCU 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.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got the nod as the Freshman Team's "coach." While Meyer is no freshman to college coaching, this was his first season since his hiatus, and the Buckeyes did notch a perfect 12-0 record. I suppose a less-than-conventional freshman coach is appropriate in this situation.

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).

OFFENSE

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

DEFENSE

DL Deion Barnes, Penn State
DL Devonte Fields, TCU
DL Samuel Ukwuachu, Boise State
DL Leonard Wllliams, USC
LB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
LB Cory James, Colorado State
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple
LB Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
DB Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee
DB Ronald Darby, Florida State
DB KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
DB Trevon Stewart, Houston

SPECIALISTS

P Tyler Williams, Marshall
K Austin Lopez, San Jose State
PR Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan
KR Duke Johnson, Miami
AP Stefon Diggs, Maryland

HEAD COACH -- Urban Meyer, Ohio State

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