Freshman All-Americans

With the 2005-06 college football Bowl season upon us, it's time for post-season awards and All-American teams. is proud to announce its first All-Freshman Team, consisting of true and red-shirt freshmen from across the country in Division 1-A football. Stanford can be proud with two Cardinal players among the nation's best.

Leading the way is running back Tyrell Sutton of Northwestern, our Freshman of the Year. Sutton, a true freshman from Akron, Ohio, rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns this season while averaging 6.0 yards per rush. He also caught 37 passes for 329 yards and scored two receiving touchdowns. He narrowly edged fellow first-team running back Darren McFadden of Arkansas for Freshman of the Year Awards.

The first team offense is led by quarterback Pat White (West Virginia), wide receiver Earl Bennett (Vanderbilt), Sydney Rice (South Carolina) and Davone Bess (Hawaii). White narrowly edged out Arizona State's Rudy Carpenter for the first team honors. The defense is lead by Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King. He was the only unanimous selection on the first team by the team of experts who voted.

First Team Freshman
All-American Offense
First Team Freshman
All-American Defense

QB Pat White

West Virginia - Redshirt

Played in all 11 games this season. 708 yards passing, 915 rushing, 14 TDs

DE Matt Shaughnessy

Wisconsin - True

Seals his side of the line with 39 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and  2.5 sacks

RB Tyrell Sutton

Northwestern - True

Nation's top freshman rusher with 1,390 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards a run.

DE Steve Davis

Minnesota - True

Had 33 tackles, 9 tackles for loss 6 sacks in nine games

RB Darren McFadden

Arkansas - True

One-man offense with 1,181 yards rushing and eleven touchdowns on 6.3 yards per carry

DT Chase Moline

UCLA - True

Started in eight games, 25 tackles, 3.5 tackles and one sack

WR Sidney Rice

South Carolina - Redshirt

Spurrier's big-play man with 58 receptions for 952 yards and twelve touchdowns

 DT Mitch King

Iowa - Redshirt

Played in eleven games, and made 58 stops, 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and three fumbles

WR Earl Bennett

Vanderbilt - True

surprised everyone with big year of 79 receptions for 876 yards and 9 touchdowns

LB Mike Brown

Duke - True

Started last 10 games, made 92 tackles, ten tackles for loss, one sack, and three forced fumbles

TE Chase Coffman

Missouri - True

Big target with 39 receptions, 404 yards, and four touchdowns

LB Solomon Elimimian

Hawaii - True

Led team in tackles with 73, adding six tackles for a loss, two sacks, and an interception

OT Jared Gaither

Maryland - True

Began starting in game four and dominated his side of the line every game

LB Rey Maualuga

USC - True

36 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one INT, and two forced fumbles for nation's top team

OG Antoine Caldwell

Alabama - Redshirt

Came in second in number of snaps this year for surprisingly powerful Bama offensive line

CB Justin King

Penn State - True

Versatile King played WR, RB, KR and CB in 11 games.  11 tackles, 2 pass breakups

C Alex Fletcher

Stanford - Redshirt

Started 11 games at guard and center; Stanford's best offensive lineman this season

CB Alphonso Smith

Wake Forest - True

59 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 picks, one for a touchdown 9 pass breakups and 1 fumble.

OG Jeremy Perry

Oregon State - Redshirt

Named Co-Pac 10 Freshman of the Year

S Kenny Phillips

Miami - True

Started most of the season for talented Miami defense, made 61 tackles and one interception

OT Kraig Urbik

Wisconsin - Redshirt

Started all eleven games for an offense that averaged nearly 35 points per game

S Patrick Chung

Oregon - Redshirt

Started all 11 games, was second on the team in tackles with 79, two INTs, and a forced fumble.

K Sam Swank

Wake Forest - Redshirt

Went 19 of 24 on field goals with longs of 52 and 51 and was perfect on extra points (29/29)

 P Justin Brantly

Texas A&M - True

High hang time with a 43.2 average, a long of 80, and put 10 inside the opponents' twenty

KR Felix Jones

Arkansas - True

Returned 17 kickoffs for 549 yards, one touchdown and averaged 31.9 yards per return.

 PR Joe Burnette

Central Florida - True

One of the tops overall in the nation with 28 returns for 463 yards, a 16.5 yard per return average; 2 TDs

Second Team Freshman
All-American Offense
Second Team Freshman
All-American Defense

QB Rudy Carpenter

Arizona State - Redshirt

High percentage Koetter offense fit Carpenter well with 1,806 yards, 20 TDs, 2 INTs, 68.9% completion

DE Phillip Merling

Clemson - True

Played in all 11 games, 21 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks

RB Steve Slaton

West Virginia - True

Rushed for 988 yards and 14 touchdowns on 5.5 per carry in eight games played

DE McKinner Dixon

Texas Tech - True

26 tackles, 16 solo, 6 tackles for loss (for 29 yards), and two sacks

RB Jamaal Charles

Texas - True

Ran wild for explosive offense with 114 carries for 867 yards, 11 TDs and 7.6 yards per carry

DT Jeff Owens

Georgia - True

Hard worker made 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks

WR Davone Bess

Hawaii - True

Spread offense helped frosh haul in 85 receptions, 1,082 yards, 14 TDs in eleven starts

 DT Fevaea'a Ahmu

Washington State - True

11 games played, 26 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one sack

WR Michael Thomas

Arizona - True

Had 771 yards and five touchdowns on 52 receptions, both are Arizona freshman records

LB Jake Hutton

Utah State - True

Led Utah State in tackles with 87, 7.5 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles

TE Martellus Bennett

Texas A&M - True

Backed up big talk with 18 catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns

LB Rashad Bobino

Texas - Redshirt

Tallied 53 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, and four quarterback hurries

OT Max Unger

Oregon - Redshirt

Started all 11 games on an offensive line that averaged 449.0 yards per game

LB Freddie Fairchild

Arkansas - True

In eleven games, teams felt his presence with 57 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks

OG Michael Oher

Ole Miss - True

Started final ten games for Rebels, and played in every game this year

CB Agib Talib

Kansas - Redshirt

Physical defender had 49 tackles, two INTs, one for a touchdown, and eight passes defended

C Eric Wood

Louisville - Redshirt

Heady offensive lineman that helped powerful offense average nearly 500 yards per game

CB Orlando Scandrick

Boise State - True

In twelve games, had 48 tackles, three for a loss, one sack, one INT, and ten passes broken up

OG C.J. Davis

Pittsburgh - True

Started six games for the Panthers this year and earned team player of the game honors vs. UConn

S Courtney Green

Rutgers - True

True freshman was in on an amazing 104 tackles on the year

OT Alex Boone

Ohio State - True

Started four games for Buckeyes and saw significant playing time in other games this year

S Reggie Smith

Oklahoma - True

Made 40 tackles, 24 were solo stops, three pass breakups, and two interceptions

K Jordan Congdon

Nebraska - True

Went 18 of 22 on field goals and 28 of 29 on point after attempts.

 P Chris Miller

Ball State - Redshirt

Eleventh in the nation at 42.9 yards per punt, dropped 20 inside the 20 yard line

KR Brandon Tate

North Carolina - True

Returned twenty one kickoffs for 542 yards and ran one back for a touchdown

 PR B.J. Hill

Ball State - True

18 punt returns for 200 yards (11.1 per return), and took one back for a tochdown

Honorable Mention
QBDrew WeatherfordFlorida State
RBJavon RingerMichigan State
WRMario ManninghamMichigan
WRGreg CarrFlorida State
WRJames HardyIndiana
WRRyan Grice-MullenHawaii
OLJon CooperOklahoma
OLAllen SmithStanford
DEBrian OrakpoTexas
DEStryker SulakMissouri
DTRashaad JacksonClemson
LBZac FollettCalifornia
LBAnthony Felder California
LBBrian CushingUSC
LBBraxton Kelly Kentucky
CBMalcolm JenkinsOhio State

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