Five Tigers On FR All-American Team

Five Auburn Tigers have been named to the Freshman All-American team, including three true freshmen offensive linemen.

Right tackle Lee Ziemba from Rogers, Ark., earned a starting role in the preseason and started all 12 games for the Tigers. He was the only Tiger on the first-team.

Fellow freshmen Chaz Ramsey and Ryan Pugh, who were honorable mention picks, moved into the starting lineup after Auburn fell to 1-2 to start the season. Ramsey at right guard and Pugh at left tackle started the next nine games as the Tigers won seven of their last nine, capped off by an Iron Bowl victory over Alabama.

Tailbacks Brad Lester and Ben Tate combined for 175 yards rushing in the 17-10 Iron Bowl victory on Saturday.

"They played pretty good," Tate said of his line after the game. "They came of the ball, they fired off the ball and they out-physicalled Alabama's D-Line. They weren't ready for those young freshmen up there. They out-played them definitely."

Kicker Wes Byrum was a second-team selection on the All-American team. The highlight of his freshman season was a 43-yard field goal as time expired to beat Florida 20-17. Byrum finished an injury-plagued regular season making 16-21 field goals and 33-34 extra points.

Zac Etheridge, #4, is arguably worth of postseason honors regardless of whether its a freshman team or not.

Zac Etheridge was the only redshirt freshman Tiger to make the team. He wasn't a highly recruited player out of Charles Henderson High School in Troy, but after a redshirt last year he was one of the top performers on the Auburn defense that leads the SEC in points allowed. Etheridge was an honorable mention pick and was third on the team with 57 tackles and second on the team with five pass breakups.

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