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Football: McGuire Named To 2013 FWAA Freshman All-America Team

Jan. 6, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Griffith


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.


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State 6-4 228 Bessemer, Ala.
RB   Alex Collins, Arkansas 5-11 206 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
RB   Elijah McGuire, Louisiana 5-11 185 Houma, La.
WR   Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh 6-2 185 Clairton, Pa.
WR   Corey Davis, Western Michigan 6-2 205 Wheaton, Ill.
WR   Nate Phillips, Arizona 5-7 177 Chandler, Ariz.
TE   Hunter Henry, Arkansas 6-6 250 Little Rock, Ark.
OL Jack Conklin, Michigan State 6-6 236 Plainwell, Mich.
OL Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt 6-6 290 Paris, Tenn.
OL Alex Kozan, Auburn 6-4 297 Castle Rock, Colo.
OL Ben Lauer, Minnesota 6-6 302 Plymouth, Minn, OL   Alex Redmond, UCLA 6-5 305 Cerritos, Calif.


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
DL   Tarell Basham, Ohio 6-4 250 Rocky Mount, Va.
DL   Joey Bosa, Ohio State 6-6 275 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DL   Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA 6-4 305 Auburn, Calif, LB   Dominque Alexander, Oklahoma 6-2 216 Tulsa, Okla.
LB   Dakota Cox, New Mexico 6-0 235 Draper, Utah LB   Addison Gillam, Colorado 6-3 225 Palo Cedro, Calif.
LB   Myles Jack, UCLA 6-1 225 Bellevue, Wash.
DB   Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech 5-11 193 Baltimore, Md.
DB Jacoby Glenn, UCF 6-0 176 Prichard, Ala.
DB   Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida 5-11 192 Tampa, Fla.
DB   Jalen Ramsey, Florida State 6-1 195 Smyrna, Tenn.
DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma 5-11 176 Keller, Texas


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
P   Austin Rehkow, Idaho 6-3 202 Veradale, Wash.
K   Michael Geiger, Michigan State 5-8 186 Toledo, Ohio PR   Ryan Switzer, North Carolina 5-10 175 Charleston, W. Va.
KR   Stacey Coley, Miami 6-1 180 Pompano Beach, Fla.


Gus Malzahn, Auburn
  Denotes true freshman


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 tiger@fwaa.com 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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