Football: McGuire Named To 2013 FWAA Freshman All-America Team
Jan. 6, 2014
Elijah McGuire Named To 2013 FWAA Freshman All-America Team
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FWAA) The 13th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team has been announced, led by Louisiana freshman Elijah McGuire and two key figures in tonight’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Florida State quarterback and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
McGuire, a 5-11, 185-pound running back from Houma, La., is the lone Sun Belt student-athlete on the team.
A first team All-Sun Belt selection, McGuire ranked fourth in the conference in rushing, carrying 103 times for 863 yards, a nation’s-best 8.4 average and seven touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 384 yards and three scores. He had a team-high 16 plays of 20 yards or better this season.
McGuire had four 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 137 yards and three touchdowns against Nicholls State in his Cajun Field debut. At Georgia State on Nov. 16, he became one of just four players in the nation this year, and the first in school history, to rush for 100 yards and catch passes for 100 yards in the same game.
Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, became the second quarterback to be named to both the FWAA All-America Team and its Freshman All-America Team, following in the footsteps of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel a season ago. North Carolina kick returner Ryan Switzer was also named to both FWAA All-America teams. Only three other players have earned a spot on both teams: Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (2004); and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Missouri wide receiver/return specialist Jeremy Maclin (2007). The FWAA has named a Freshman All-America team since the 2001 season.
Malzahn, in his first season as the head coach at Auburn, claimed the first-year coaching honors after his Tigers completed a 12-1 regular season the claim the Southeastern Conference title. Last month, Malzahn was named the winner of the Eddie Robinson Award as the FWAA’s National Coach of the Year.
The team and coach are selected by an 10-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group. Both true freshmen (21 players) and redshirt freshmen (seven players) were considered for the team and are so noted.
2013 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football. 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 and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
2013 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review Journal Aaron Fentress, Comcast SportsNet Northwest Andrew Gribble, Alabama Media Group Mike Griffith, MLive Media Group Tommy Hicks, Mobile Press-Register Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman Phil Stukenborg, Memphis Commercial Appeal John Wagner, Toledo Blade Greg Wallace, Freelance
The archive of all-time FWAA Freshman All-America Teams is linked online:
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