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Crier Earns FWAA Freshman Honor
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/08/2008
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NEW ORLEANS (FWAA) ?C UA punter Keenyn Crier was named to the Freshman All-America Team by the Football Writers Association of America and AON Insurance?on Monday morning during the association's annual awards breakfast in connection with the BCS Championship game weekend.

The team was chosen from 104 players nominated. The Big East leads all conferences with five players on the squad, while the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-10 each boast four members. Twelve of the 28 freshman All-America selections are true freshman.

In addition, Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was named the top first-year coach at his school.

Crier, a redshirt freshman,?led the Pac-0 witha 43.7 punting average and earned first-team all-league honors in his first season. He also earned All-America nods from The Sporting News (2nd team), Rivals.com (2nd), and CollegeFootballNews.com (1st). Another UA nominee for the FWAA honor, true freshman tight end Rob Gronkowski, lost out to Rice Owls first-year player James Casey. RB Nic Grigsby, WR Delashaun Dean and OG Colin Baxter also were up for consideration.

The team and coach are selected by a group of writers led by FWAA vice-president Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team and so noted.

2007 AON INSURANCE FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.

Player, School

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

QB

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

6-4

214

Oklahoma City, Okla.

RB

Knowshon Moreno, Georgia

5-11

207

Belford, N.J.

RB

? LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh

5-11

200

Harrisburg, Pa.

RB

Harvey Unga, BYU

6-0

221

Provo, Utah

WR

Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

6-3

208

Dallas, Texas

WR

Jeremy Maclin, Missouri

6-1

185

Kirkwood, Mo.

TE

James Casey, Rice

6-4

245

Azle, Texas

OL

? Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

6-7

262

Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

OL

? Anthony Davis, Rutgers

6-6

350

Piscataway, N.J.

OL

? Rodney Hudson, Florida State

6-2

285

Mobile, Ala.

OL

? Matt Murphy, UNLV

6-3

265

Lake Forest, Calif.

C

Ryan McMahon, Florida State

6-3

275

Rome, Ga.

DEFENSE

Pos.

Player, School

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

DL

Everson Griffen, USC

6-3

265

Avondale, Ariz.

DL

Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh

6-5

250

Coral Springs, Fla.

DL

? Ian Williams, Notre Dame

6-2

300

Altamonte Springs, Fla.

DL

Colby Whitlock, Texas Tech

6-2

281

Noble, Okla.

LB

? Greg Jones, Michigan State

6-1

220

Cincinnati, Ohio

LB

Scott Lutrus, Connecticut

6-3

220

Brookfield, Conn.

LB

? Rolando McClain, Alabama

6-4

255

Decatur, Ala.

DB

? Eric Berry, Tennessee

5-11

195

Fairburn, Ga.

DB

? Omar Bolden, Arizona State

5-11

200

Ontario, Calif.

DB

Alex Kube, Northern Illinois

6-1

203

Cary, Ill.

DB

Tavious Polo, Florida Atlantic

5-10

160

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DB

Deunta Williams, North Carolina

6-2

195

Jacksonville, N.C.

SPECIALISTS

Pos.

Player, School

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

P

Keenyn Crier, Arizona

6-1

200

Spring, Texas

K

Thomas Weber, Arizona State

6-1

202

Downey, Calif.

KR

? Max Suter, Syracuse

5-11

190

Ruffs Dale, Pa.

ATH

? Antonio Brown, Central Michigan

5-11

175

Miami, Fla.

First-year Coach of the Year: Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College

? Indicates true freshmen

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of nearly 1,000 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.

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