3 Hurricanes Earn Freshman All-America Honors

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami freshmen Michael Pinckney, Shaquille Quarterman and Ahmmon Richards were recognized for their impressive rookie seasons on Monday with ESPN Freshman All-America honors.


Pinckney proved a force at linebacker for the Hurricanes this past season, tallying 57 total tackles (30 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss and had one interception. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was one of nine Hurricanes to start in every game during the 2016 season.


Quarterman, who already owns an impressive list of first-year accolades, was selected as a freshman All-American following a rookie campaign where he led the team in tackles with 79. He also tallied 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and started every game. In addition, Quarterman had a team-best eight quarterback hurries.


Quarterman, who hails from Orange Park, Fla., was also honored on the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and the ACC Coaches all-conference teams.


Richards received his second Freshman All-America honor of the year following a year where he broke the 31-year-old Miami rookie receiving record set by Michael Irvin with 866 yards in the regular season. Richards' yardage total was the ninth-most in a single season by any Hurricane ever. He finished the regular season with 46 catches - second-most on the team - and two touchdowns, including a career-long 77-yard score against Virginia on Nov. 12.


The honor adds to a growing list of accolades for Richards, who earned USA Today Freshman All-America, All-ACC second-team honors from (ACSMA) and third-team honors from ACC coaches.


The Hurricanes finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-3 mark in ACC play. Miami will take on West Virginia in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28.

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