Football Writers Association of America Jan. 7, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Griffith
9th annual team features 14 true freshmen Bookmark and Share

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of America and Aon Insurance announced their ninth annual Freshman All-America Team on Thursday morning during the association's annual awards breakfast. Ten of the 11 NCAA Bowl Subdivision Conferences were represented on the team sponsored by AON Insurance.

The Southeastern Conference and Pac-10 each placed five players on the FWAA team. The Atlantic Coast had four players and the Big East and Big 12 three each. No other conference had more than two players. Of the 28 players honored, the team was exactly split between true freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

Oregon’s first-year coach Chip Kelly was selected as the best first-year coach after leading his team to a Pacific-10 title and berth in the Rose Bowl.

The team and coach are selected by a 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team and are so noted.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
QB • Tom Savage, Rutgers 6-5 230 Springfield, Pa.
RB • Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh 5-8 195 Albany, N.Y.
RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech 5-10 206 Manassas, Va.
RB LaMichael James, Oregon 5-9 180 Texarkana, Texas
WR • Eric Page, Toledo 5-10 165 Toledo, Ohio
WR • Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina 6-3 217 St. Matthews, S.C.
TE • Orson Charles, Georgia 6-3, 230 Tampa, Fla.
OL • David DeCastro, Stanford 6-5 310 Bellevue, Wash.
OL Aaron Douglas, Tennessee 6-6 282 Maryville, Tenn.
OL Braden Hansen, Brigham Young 6-6 300 Sandy, Utah
OL Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas 6-6 285 McPherson, Kan.
OL Barrett Jones, Alabama 6-5 280 Memphis, Tenn.
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
DE Nick Perry, USC 6-3 250 Detroit, Mich.
DE Aldon Smith, Missouri 6-5 255 Raytown, Mo.
DT Scott Vallone, Rutgers 6-3 270 Central Islip, N.Y.
DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State 6-3 270 Huber Heights, Ohio
LB • Chris Borland, Wisconsin 5-11 235 Kettering, Ohio
LB • Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State 6-3 245 Corona, Calif.
LB • Luke Kuechly, Boston College 6-3 225 Cincinnati, Ohio
LB Brian Wagner, Akron 6-2 220 Springfield, Ohio
CB • Josh Robinson, UCF 5-10 189 Sunrise, Fla.
CB Bryan Willis, Troy 5-9 180 Columbus, Ga.
S John Boyett, Oregon 5-10 190 Napa, Calif.
S • Shamiel Gary, Wyoming 6-1 210 Tulsa, Okla.
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
P Tress Way, Oklahoma 6-1 215 Tulsa, Okla.
K • Nick Ferrara, Maryland 6-0 200 Hicksville, N.Y.
PR • Greg Reid, Florida State 5-9 175 Valdosta, Ga.
KR • Warren Norman, Vanderbilt 5-9 180 Stone Mountain, Ga.
Chip Kelly, Oregon
• Denotes true freshman

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.

For more information on the FWAA and its award programs, contact Executive Director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198, or visit the association's official website,

All-Time FWAA Freshman All-America Teams
• 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

Marc Anderson Las Vegas Review Journal Mountain West
Marc Blaudschun Boston Globe ACC
Mike Griffith Knoxville News Sentinel SEC
Blair Kerkhoff Kansas City Star Big 12
Paul Letlow Scout.Com Sun Belt
Brian Murphy Idaho Statesman WAC
Dave Ruthenburg MAC Report Online MAC
George Schroeder Eugene Register-Guard Pacific-10
Phil Stukenborg Memphis Commercial Appeal Conference USA
Donnie Webb Syracuse Post-Standard Big East
Kent Youngblood Minneapolis Star Tribune Big Ten