Three Pac-12 players named FWAA Freshman All-Americans

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 football players were named to the 2012 FWAA Freshman All-America Team, the Football Writers Association of America announced Monday. OREGON offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, UCLA offensive lineman Jake Brendel and USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams were honored.

Johnstone started all 13 games for the Ducks in 2012, helping pave the way for the nation's second-leading rushing offense (323.25 yards per game). Oregon ranked third in the Conference with 19 sacks allowed.

Brendel, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree, was a fixture on UCLA's offensive line, starting every game at center for the Bruins. UCLA averaged 190.8 yards per game on the ground this season.

Williams, the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention after a season in which he posted 64 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He also registered one interception and four pass break-ups and recovered a pair of fumbles.

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 12th year of the FWAA team.

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