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January 08, 2013 | WNST Staff

FWAA NAMES 2012 FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) – The 12th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team has been announced, with all 11 Football Bowl Subdivision Conferences and Notre Dame represented on the 30-man roster. A pair of players from the team, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Notre Dame defensive back KeiVarae Russell, will battle one another in tonight’s Discover BCS National Championship Game.

Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first quarterback to be named to both the FWAA All-America Team and its Freshman All-America Team. Only three other players have earned a spot on both teams: Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (2004); and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Missouri wide receiver/return specialist Jeremy Maclin (2007). The FWAA has named a Freshman All-America team since the 2001 season.

Ohio State’s first-year coach Urban Meter claimed the first-year coaching honors after his Buckeyes completed a perfect 12-0 regular season.

The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group. Both true freshmen (15 players) and redshirt freshmen (15 players) were considered for the team and are so noted.

2012 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.

Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

QB

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 6-1 200 Kerrville, Texas

RB

• Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 6-0 215 Strong, Ark.

RB

• Todd Gurley, Georgia 6-1 218 Tarboro, N.C.

WR

Davante Adams, Fresno State 6-2 200 Palo Alto, Calif.

WR

• Amari Cooper, Alabama 6-1 198 Miami, Fla.

WR

J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 5-10 185 Phenix City, Ala.

TE

• Devin Funchess, Michigan 6-5 229 Farmington Hills, Mich.

OL

Jack Allen, Michigan State 6-1 295 Hinsdale, Ill.

OL

Austin Blythe, Iowa 6-3 275 Williamsburg, Iowa

OL

Jake Brendel, UCLA 6-4 295 Plano, Texas

OL

Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech 6-5 303 Rockdale, Texas

OL

Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati 6-7 290 Rockford, Mich.

OL

Tyler Johnstone, Oregon 6-6 292 Chandler, Ariz.
DEFENSE

Pos.

Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

DL

Deion Barnes, Penn State 6-4 246 Philadelphia, Pa.

DL

• Devonte Fields, TCU 6-4 240 Arlington, Texas

DL

Samuel Ukwuachu, Boise State 6-4 222 Pearland, Texas

DL

• Leonard Wllliams, USC 6-5 270 Daytona Beach, Fla.

LB

Kyler Fackrell, Utah State 6-5 236 Mesa, Ariz.

LB

Cory James, Colorado State 6-0 235 Del Rio, Texas

LB

• Tyler Matakevich, Temple 6-1 220 Stratford, Conn.

LB

Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss 5-11 203 Loganville, Ga.

DB

Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee 5-11 229 Lithonia, Ga.

DB

• Ronald Darby, Florida State 5-11 189 Oxon Hill, Md.

DB

• KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame 5-11 182 Everett, Wash.

DB

• Trevon Stewart, Houston 5-9 183 Patterson, La.
SPECIALISTS

Pos.

Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

P

• Tyler Williams, Marshall 6-0 195 Fort Wayne, Ind.

K

• Austin Lopez, San Jose State 6-0 170 Euless, Texas

PR

• Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan 5-11 196 Belle Glade, Fla.

KR

• Duke Johnson, Miami 5-9 188 Miami, Fla.

AP

• Stefon Diggs, Maryland 6-1 185 Gaithersburg, Md.
HEAD COACH
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
• Denotes true freshman

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