Maroney named to 2003 Freshman All-American Team

University of Minnesota true freshman tailback Laurence Maroney has been selected to the 2003 Scripps / FWAA Freshman All-America Team. Maroney led the nation in rushing yardage by a freshman last season, accumulating 1,121 yards on 162 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Maroney was named the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the Big Ten Conference and The Sporting News. He was also an honorable-mention selection by both the coaches and the media. His 6.92-yard average per carry was the second-highest single-season average in school history, the best in the Big Ten and the best in the nation among all players with at least 100 rushing attempts. Maroney's 1,121 yards rushing in 2003 places him 11th all-time in single-season rushing yardage in school history.

The 27-member Scripps / FWAA team was selected by an 11-man committee representing each of the NCAA's Division I-A football conferences.

More than 70 players were nominated and evaluated by the committee. The vote took place following the respective conference championship games and before the bowl games. Thirteen of the 27 players selected are true freshmen, including eight on defense.
 

2003 SCRIPPS / FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
 

OFFENSE

QB € Chris Leak, Florida, 6-1, 205, Charlotte, N.C.
RB € Laurence Maroney, Minnesota, 5-11, 200, St. Louis, Mo.
RB Robert Merrill, TCU, 5-10, 190, San Antonio, Texas
RB € Justin Vincent, LSU, 5-11, 208, Lake Charles, La.
WR Steve Breaston, Michigan, 6-1, 176, North Braddock, Pa.
WR Steve Odom, Toledo, 5-10, 165, Columbus, Ohio
C Kyle Young, Fresno State, 6-5, 320, Fallbrook, Calif.
OL Justin Blalock, Texas, 6-4, 330, Plano, Texas
OL Leroy Harris, N.C. State, 6-3, 285, Raleigh, N.C.
OL Samson Satele, Hawaii, 6-3, 289, Kaneohe, Hawaii
OL Robert Turner, New Mexico, 6-3, 320, Austin, Texas

DEFENSE

DL € Jason Berryman, Iowa State, 6-2, 230, Houston, Texas
DL Ray McDonald, Florida, 6-3, 252, Belle Glade, Fla.
DL Brian Smith, Missouri, 6-3, 220, Denton, Texas
DL € Mario Williams, N.C. State, 6-7, 254, Richlands, N.C.
LB € Ahmad Brooks, Virginia, 6-4, 249, Woodbridge, Va.
LB € Nick Bunting, Tulsa, 6-1, 205, Tulsa, Okla.
LB € Channing Crowder, Florida, 6-2, 236, Atlanta, Ga.
DB € Darnell Bing, Southern California, 6-2, 220, Lakewood, Calif.
DB Brandon Browner, Oregon State, 6-4, 194, Sylmar, Calif.
DB € LaRon Landry, LSU, 6-1, 180, Ama, La.
DB € Eric Weddle, Utah, 5-11, 185, Alta Loma, Calif.

SPECIALISTS

K James Wilhoit, Tennessee, 5-10, 190, Hendersonville, Tenn.
P Brandon Fields, Michigan State, 6-5, 219, Toledo, Ohio
KR € Reggie Bush, Southern California, 6-0, 190, Spring Valley, Calif.
PR € Ryne Robinson, Miami (Ohio), 5-10, 169, Toledo, Ohio
AP Willie Idlette, Wake Forest,5-11, 169, Chattanooga, Tenn.

HEAD COACH

Steve Kragthorpe, Tulsa

€ Denotes true freshman

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