Football Writers Association of America Jan. 3, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Griffith
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26 chosen for second annual team
FWAA ANNOUNCES 2002 SCRIPPS
FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

PHOENIX, Ariz. (FWAA) Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett highlights the 2002 Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-America Team.

Clarett is one of 10 unanimous selections on the second annual, 26-member freshman All-America team released today.

Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham was named the Scripps/FWAA First-Year Coach of the Year after leading the Fighting Irish to a 10-2 mark during the regular season. Willingham's 10 wins are the most by a first-year head coach in Notre Dame history. Willingham is also a finalist for the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Head coaches serving their first year at a Division I-A school were eligible to receive the coaching award.

A panel of 12 FWAA writers representing each of the major conferences and independents nominated and selected the team and head coach at the conclusion of the regular season.

2002 SCRIPPS/FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos. Player, School
QB Brad Smith, Missouri
RB Maurice Clarett, Ohio State
RB T.A. McLendon, N.C. State
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
WR Mike Williams, USC
TE Heath Miller, Virginia
OL D'Brickahaw Ferguson, Virginia
OL Richie Incognito, Nebraska
OL Winston Justice, USC
OL Andrew Whitworth, LSU
C Mike Degory, Florida
DEFENSE
Pos. Player, School
DL Loren Howard, Northwestern
DL Haloti Ngata, Oregon
DL Rodrique Wright, Texas
LB Darryl Blackstock, Virginia
LB Spencer Havner, UCLA
LB John Kerr, Indiana
LB Freddie Roach, Alabama
CB Steve Gregory, Syracuse
CB Justin Miller, Clemson
S J.J. Billingsley, Colorado
S James Sanders, Fresno State
SPECIALISTS
Pos. Player, School
P Greg Johnson, Vanderbilt
K David Abdul, Pittsburgh
PR Jeremy Bloom, Colorado
KR Broderick Clark, Louisville
HEAD COACH
Tyrone Willingham, Notre Dame

All-Time FWAA Freshman All-America Teams
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