SAN JOSE, Calif. (FWAA) – The 18th annual
Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America
Team features five players taking part in tonight's College
Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa
Clara, Calif., and includes Clemson starting quarterback Trevor
Lawrence and Alabama starting cornerback Patrick Surtain II.
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with six total
selections, led by Georgia, which led all schools with three:
offensive linemen Cade Mays and Isaiah Wilson and and defensive lineman
Jordan Davis. The Big 12 was second with five, followed by the Big
Ten with four. All 10 FBS conferences and two independents are represented
on the team.
Heading into tonight's National Championship, Lawrence has posted
one of the best regular seasons by a true freshman quarterback in
history. Lawrence, a highly-touted early enrollee, played in the
Tigers' first four games before taking over as the starter. The
Cartersville, Ga., product has thrown for 2,933 yards and 27 touchdowns
and only four interceptions while averaging 12.3 yards per completion.
Clemson's offense is just 293 yards shy of breaking its own ACC
record of 7,718 total yards set in 2015. The Tigers are averaging
530.4 total yards and 44.3 points per game. Lawrence has completed
65 percent of his passes.
Purdue's Rondale Moore, among two Freshman All-Americans to be
named to the FWAA's All-America Team last month, leads the FBS with
114 receptions, the second-most in a season by a Big Ten player,
and led the conference with 1,258 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.
Including his special teams yardage, Moore led the conference in
all-purpose yards with 2,215, fourth nationally. In his debut, Moore
set the Purdue single-game record with 313 all-purpose yards against
Northwestern on Aug. 30, gaining 79 rushing yards, 109 receiving
yards and 125 kickoff return yards.
Kicker Andre Szmyt of Syracuse was also a first-team FWAA All-America
selection. He led the nation in scoring with 151 points, making
30 of 34 field goal attempts – including 3-for-3 beyond 50 yards
– and all 61 extra-point attempts. Szmyt's teammate, safety Andre
Cisco, among the national leaders with seven interceptions, gives
the Orange a pair of players on the team. Alabama is the only other
school with teammates honored, as wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was
selected to the team.
Josh Heupel, who coached UCF to a 13-0 regular season and the
American Athletic Conference title, is the First-Year Coach of the
The 13-person panel of nationally-prominent college football
experts represented each of the FBS conferences along with independents
in the selecting the team. Both true freshmen (18 players) and redshirt
freshmen (14 players) were considered for the team and are so noted
on the list below.
FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Jefferson, Oregon State
||Harbor City, Calif.
||New Albany, Ind.
||• Jayden Reed,
Clopton, Southern Miss
||American Fork, Utah
||• Cade Mays,
||• Jamal Hines,
||Sugar Hill, Ga.
Robertson, Arizona State
||• Mike Rose,
||• Andre Cisco,
||Valley Stream, N.Y.
Surtain II, Alabama
Howell, Appalachian State
||High Point, N.C.
||Vernon Hills, Ill.
Williams Jr., Kansas
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 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 game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
All-Time FWAA Freshman All-America Teams
|2018 FWAA FRESHMAN
Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal (MW)
Scott Dochterman, The Athletic (Big Ten)
Mike Griffith, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Chair/Independents)
Tommy Hicks, Freelance (Sun Belt)
Ron Higgins, Freelance (SEC)
|Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas
City Star (Big 12)
Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel (American
Nick Piotrowicz, Toledo Blade (MAC)
FWAA Executive Director
Grant Traylor, Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Ryan Young, Rivals.com (Pac-12)