Thomas Keiser Named to Football Writers Association of America All-Freshmen Team

Jan. 8, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Defensive end Thomas Keiser was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team today, marking the fourth prestigious off-season award for the defensive end from Wexford, Pa.

Three other players from the Pacific-10 Conference--Jaquizz Rogers (Oregon State), Lawrence Guy (Arizona State) and Bryan Anger (California)--were also named to the squad. The Pac-10, along with the ACC, Big Ten, Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences each placed four players on the 27-man team. Of the 27 players selected, 15 were true freshmen and 12 were redshirt freshmen.

In addition, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was named the top first-year coach at his school after leading the Yellow Jackets to a 9-4 season.

The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. A total of 116 players were nominated for the team and considered by the committee.

Keiser burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman this past season, logging significant playing time in all 12 games and earning his first career start at Notre Dame. He finished the season with 24 total tackles, including 17 solo efforts, and two pass breakups to earn Pac-10 honorable mention marks.

He also ranked third in the Pac-10 Conference in forced fumbles per game (0.25) and was 10th in the conference in sacks (6.0).

Keiser also earned first team freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and garnered second team all-freshman accolades from CollegeFootballNews.com.

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