Five Named FWAA Freshman All-Americans
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five Pac-12 football players were named to the 2011 FWAA Freshman All-America Team, the Football Writers Association of America announced Monday. OREGON STATE quarterback Sean Mannion, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, OREGON running back De'Anthony Thomas, USC linebacker Dion Bailey and UTAH defensive back Eric Rowe were honored.
Mannion finished the season with 3,328 passing yards, the third-best single-season mark in school history. His season total ranks ninth on Oregon State's career passing chart.
Lee caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 73 receptions were the second most ever by a USC freshman, behind only Mike Williams' 81 in 2002.
Thomas, named to the team as an all-purpose player, set the Rose Bowl record for longest run and longest scoring play with a 91-yard rushing touchdown. He also set the Oregon bowl mark for all-purpose yards with 314.
Bailey ended the season tied for the team lead with 81 tackles despite missing one game due to injury. Bailey also had two interceptions and one sack.
Rowe started every game at safety for the Utes this season, finishing with 69 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception.
The Freshman All-America Team is selected by an 11-person panel of writers. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are considered for the team. This is the 11th year of the FWAA team.