FSU's Jameis Winston earns first-team honors.
College football’s regular season is officially in the books. After Saturday’s Army-Navy game, only 35 bowl matchups stand in the way of a long offseason.
With the completion of the regular season, it’s time to take a look at some of the top players in college football. Last week, Athlon Sports awarded its all-conference and All-America honors for 2013. And this week, it’s a look at the top freshmen in college football.
Each season, a handful of freshmen make an impact on the national stage. Last year, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to an 11-2 record in the Aggies’ debut season in the SEC. In 2013, Jameis Winston guided Florida State to a perfect 13-0 mark and an appearance in the national championship.
Putting together an all-freshman task is no easy assignment. Talent and recruiting ranks don’t always equal success as a freshman. With that in mind, our task of picking players for the three teams was split based on production and talent. Players like Wisconsin running back Corey Clement and Pittsburgh’s James Conner are future standouts, but we awarded the production from two non-BCS players. However, players like Ole Miss’ Robert Nkemdiche – 2013’s No. 1 recruit – didn’t necessarily have the biggest stats but clearly made an impact beyond the box score.
College Football's Freshman All-America Team for 2013
|First-Team Offense||Second-Team Offense||Third-Team Offense|
|QB Jameis Winston, Florida State||QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State||QB John O'Korn, Houston|
|RB Alex Collins, Arkansas||RB Thomas Tyner, Oregon||RB Aaron Jones, UTEP|
|RB Shock Linwood, Baylor||RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo||RB Elijah McGuire, ULL|
|WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh||WR Stacy Coley, Miami||WR Tyler Winston, SJSU|
|WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss||WR Corey Davis, W. Michigan||WR Marquez North, Tennessee|
|TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas||TE O.J. Howard, Alabama||TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota|
|C Dan Voltz, Wisconsin||C Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati||C Cory Helms, Wake Forest|
|G Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M||G Alex Kozan, Auburn||G Denver Kirkland, Arkansas|
|G Alex Redmond, UCLA||G Caleb Peterson, North Carolina||G Dan Skipper, Arkansas|
|T Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss||T Jerald Hawkins, LSU||T Chad Wheeler, USC|
|T Jack Conklin, Michigan State||T Jonathan McLaughlin, Virginia Tech||T Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt|
|AP Myles Jack, UCLA||AP Dontre Wilson, Ohio State||AP Khalfani Muhammad, California|
|First-Team Defense||Second-Team Defense||Third-Team Defense|
|DE A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama||DE Carl Lawson, Auburn||DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson|
|DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State||DE Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA||DE Avery Moss, Nebraska|
|DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss||DT Darius Philon, Arkansas||DT Montravius Adams, Auburn|
|DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State||DT Monty Nelson, NC State||DT Isaiah Golden, Texas A&M|
|LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame||LB Scooby Wright, Arizona||LB Ben Weaver, Boise State|
|LB Addison Gillam, Colorado||LB Steve Longa, Rutgers||LB T.J. Holloman, South Carolina|
|LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia||LB Darian Claiborne, Texas A&M||LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma|
|CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech||CB Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech||DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma|
|CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida||CB Cam Sutton, Tennessee||DB Tre'Davious White, LSU|
|S Su'a Cravens, USC||S Tony Conner, Ole Miss||DB Desmond King, Iowa|
|S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State||S Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest||DB Nate Andrews, Florida State|
|First-Team Specialists||Second-Team Specialists||Third-Team Specialists|
|K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State||K Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State||K Andy Phillips, Utah|
|P Austin Rehkow, Idaho||P Cameron Johnston, Ohio State||P Sean Covington, UCLA|
|RS Ryan Switzer, North Carolina||RS DeVon Edwards, Duke||RS William Likely, Maryland|