Dec. 19, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Offensive lineman Fabbians Ebbele, who started all 12 games at right tackle for Arizona this past season, was named a Freshman All-American by Sporting News last week.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Ebbele is one of eight Pac-12 players recognized on the 26-man team. Ebbele was joined by fellow Pac-12 linemen Hroniss Grasu (Oregon) and Marcus Martin (USC) as three of the five offensive linemen on the list. The eight Pac-12 players led all conferences.
Ebbele turned in a stellar first season for the Wildcats, who entered the season with one of the youngest offensive lines in college football. The unit helped produce the most prolific passing attack in school history as senior Nick Foles shattered nearly all single season and career passing marks. The offensive line yielded just 23 sacks on 577 passing plays, while the offense scored the second-most points, 369, in the last 13 seasons.
Ebbele and classmate Mickey Baucus bookended the line as starters at the tackle spots in all 12 contests. Junior center Kyle Quinn, who was the only lineman with a start in his career entering the season, started all 12 games.
The Wildcats mixed and matched at guard, often battling injuries in the first half of the year. Juniors Trace Biskin and Shane Zink started 10 and three games, respectively, while sophomore Chris Putton earned a start in nine contests. Redshirt freshman Carter Lees started two games.
In 2012, Arizona will return its entire two-deep on the offensive line, which includes 71 career starts, and its offensive line coach, Robert Anae, who was re-hired by Rich Rodriguez earlier this month.
Anae, who came to Arizona last January, was instrumental in the development of the Wildcats' young offensive line. He was a candidate for the 2011 Broyles Award, which annually honors the top assistant coach in the nation.
The Pac-12 Conference is expected to announce finalized 2012 schedules for all conference teams in January. Deposits are now being accepted for new Arizona football season tickets. This $100 per seat non-refundable deposit guarantees you seats for the 2012 season.