Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:48 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 5:52 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
On Monday, the Football Writers Association of America released the 2011 Freshman All-America Team. The group, selected by an 11-person panel of FWAA writers, is made up of the best true freshman and redshirt freshman from the 2011 FBS season.
The panel also names a first-year coach to the FWAA Freshman All-America team. This year's selection was West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.
USC and Kansas State were the only schools to have two players named to the team, while the SEC and Pac-12 led the way in terms of conferences with five players apiece. Several players from the list below were also named to CBSSports.com's Freshman All-America team, though there are some noticeable differences in the two lists.
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QB - Sean Mannion, Oregon State
RB - Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
RB - Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
WR - Matt Miller, Boise State
WR - Marquise Lee, USC
WR - Sammy Watkins, Clemson
AP - De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
OL - Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OL - B.J. Finney, Kansas State
OL - Chaz Green, Florida
OL - Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
OL - Jake Smith, Louisville
DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DL - Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
DL - Aaron Lynch, Notre Dame
DL - Marcus Rush, Michigan State
LB - Dion Bailey, USC
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
LB - Jeremy Grove, East Carolina
DB - Blair Burns, Wyoming
DB - Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB - Quandre Diggs, Texas
DB - Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
DB - Eric Rowe, Utah
P - Brad Wing, LSU
K - Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma
PR - Scott Harding, Hawaii
KR - Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
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Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 6:24 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
CBSSports.com has released it's annual All-America Team in college football, voted on by staff, writers and bloggers from CBSSports.com. Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Robert Griffin III headlines the list. With a talented freshman class making an impact in 2011, the freshman All-America Team is listed below.
The SEC had the most players on the team with eight players, followed by the Pac-12 with six players.
CBSSports.com Freshman All-America TeamOffense
QB -- Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
RB -- Isaiah Crowell, Georgia
RB -- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
WR -- Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR -- Marqise Lee, USC
TE -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
OL -- La'El Collins, LSU
OL -- A.J. Cann, South Carolina
OL -- Will Whitman, Harvard
OL -- Marcus Martin, USC
C -- Reese Dismukes, Auburn
DL -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DL -- Scott Crichton, Oregon State
DL -- Anthony Johnson, LSU
DL -- Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
LB -- Dion Bailey, USC
LB -- Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB -- Jeremy Grove, East Carolina
DB -- Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
DB -- Tevin McDonald, UCLA
DB -- Quandre Diggs, Texas
DB -- Blair Burns, Wyoming
K -- Andre Heidari, USC
P -- Brad Wing, LSU
All-Purpose -- De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Returner -- Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
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Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:16 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Sunday was dedicated to the players at the ACC Football Kickoff. Two representatives from each of the 12 schools made their rounds with the media. This was my takeaway from Wake Forest
Wake Forest gave up 238.2 yards per game through the air in 2010, ranking them just above Duke at the bottom of the ACC. Much of that has been credited to inexperience, where the Demon Deacons started four freshman at times in the secondary. But with 9 starters returning on defense, the expectations are that there will be improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Senior linebacker Kyle Wilber did not duck away from admitting things need to change, and even suggested some changes the team has made to help with pass defense.
"This year we're trying to help our secondary a lot, we're dropping back, we're hitting wide receivers, we're not letting them get a free release," Wilbur explained on Sunday. "I feel like its one of the greatest secondaries we've had at our school since 2006. We have a lot of young guys, Merrill Noel - he's a young, feisty freshman who brings a lot of attitude to our corners. He's small…but he's going to hit you and he's good in coverage. He's real aggressive and I really like that in him."
Wilbur went on to explain how the leaders on the team have made the defense a priority. Moving from defensive end to linebacker, the senior will serve as one of the on-field leaders of the unit.
Once again, Wake Forest will find themselves with another uphill battle to regain their prominence of the mid-2000's. They have been selected by many to finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Division again in 2011, though the Deacons are hoping to catch the conference by surprise.