Football Writers Association of America Jan. 14, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Griffith
14th annual team features 20 true freshmen
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DALLAS (FWAA) – The 14th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team has a decidedly Texas twist to it, including two members of the teams that recently settled the College Football Playoff championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Oregon tailback Royce Freeman and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett stood on opposing sidelines on Monday night but will be forever be reflected together among the 30 players selected.

Barrett is one of nine players on the FWAA team to have played his high school football in Texas, while Freeman is one of four players from California.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin led the Broncos to a New Year’s Six bowl win in the Fiesta Bowl in his first season leading the program. Harsin, who attended high school in Boise and played football at Boise State, spent two seasons at the University of Texas as co-offensive coordinator before a successful head coaching stop at Arkansas State (2013) led him back him to Boise.

Mike Griffith of the Media Group led a 10-person panel of nationally-prominent writers representing each of the FBS conferences in the selection of the team. Both true freshmen (20 players) and redshirt freshmen (10 players) were considered for the team and are so noted.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 6-1 225 Wichita Falls, Texas
RB • Nick Chubb, Georgia 5-10 228 Cedartown, Ga.
RB • Royce Freeman, Oregon 6-0 229 Imperial, Calif.
RB • Samaje Perine, Oklahoma 5-11 243 Pflugerville, Texas
WR • Devonte Boyd, UNLV 6-1 175 Henderson, Nev.
WR • KD Cannon, Baylor 6-0 170 Mount Pleasant, Texas
AP • Leonard Fournette, LSU 6-1 230 New Orleans, La.
OL • Brian Allen, Michigan State 6-2 294 Hinsdale, Ill.
OL • Mason Cole, Michigan 6-5 292 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
OL • Tejan Koroma, BYU 6-0 280 Allen, Texas
OL • Toa Lobendahn, USC 6-3 280 Cerritos, Calif.
OL Brandon Ray, Western Kentucky 6-3 285 Madison, Ala.
OL • Cam Robinson, Alabama 6-6 323 Monroe, La.
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
DL • Derek Barnett, Tennessee 6-3 267 Nashville, Tenn.
DL • Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 6-5 255 Arlington, Texas
DL • Malik McDowell, Michigan State 6-6 286 Farmington Hills, Mich.
DL Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State 6-2 224 Mesquite, Texas
DL Kemoko Turay, Rutgers 6-6 235 Newark, N.J.
LB • DJ Calhoun, Arizona State 6-0 215 El Cerrito, Calif.
LB • Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame 6-1 230 Crete, Ill.
LB Craig Suits, Tulsa 6-0 220 Sunnyvale, Texas
LB Taylor Young, Baylor 5-10 225 DeSoto, Texas
CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson 5-10 190 Immokalee, Fla.
CB • Adoreé Jackson, USC 5-11 185 Belleville, Ill.
S • Quin Blanding, Virginia 6-4 215 Virginia Beach, Va.
S Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State 6-1 194 Bakersfield, Calif.
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
P • JK Scott, Alabama 6-4 185 Denver, Colo.
K Matthew McCrane, Kansas State 5-10 165 Brownwood, Texas
PR • De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska 5-9 175 Alexandria, Va.
KR Darius Phillips, Western Michigan 5-10 179 Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Bryan Harsin, Boise State
• Denotes true freshman

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. 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 and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at or 214-870-6516.

All-Time FWAA Freshman All-America Teams
• 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review Journal Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star
Mark Blaudschun, Ted Miller,
Mike Griffith, MLive Media Group Doug Smock, Charleston Gazette
Tommy Hicks, Mobile Press-Register Phil Stukenborg, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Ron Higgins, John Wagner, Toledo Blade