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FWAA Names 2012 Freshman All-America Team

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- 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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