2013 CFN All-Freshman Team
Miami WR Stacy Coley
Miami WR Stacy Coley
Posted Dec 11, 2013

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2013 All-Freshman Team


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Offensive Freshman of the Year: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

First Team Offense

QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
Forget the freshman class. Winston was arguably the best player in college football this season … period. The precocious second-year freshman did it all for the Seminoles in 2013, amassing pristine numbers while leading his team to an ACC title, a perfect record and a crack at a national championship. Winston has thrown for 38 touchdowns, and his passer rating of 190 is easily tops among all FBS quarterbacks.

RB Alex Collins, Arkansas
The former five-star gem from Plantation, Fla. was every bit as good as advertised in his debut in Fayetteville. Collins leads all freshmen running backs with 1,026 yards and four touchdowns on 190 carries, showing the quickness and the vision that'll help make him one of the budding superstars of the SEC over the next couple of seasons.

RB Shock Linwood, Baylor
Linwood was Exhibit A pertaining to the Bears' depth in the backfield this season. Buried on the depth chart when the season began, he made the most of his touches after Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin were sidelined with injuries. Linwood reeled off three straight 100-yard games against Big 12 opponents, lighting up Oklahoma and Texas Tech for 182 yards and 187 yards on the ground, respectively.

WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Boyd's first season at Pitt hasn't been easy; it just looks that way sometimes. He's been an instant impact performer for the Panthers, starting the opener and going on to catch 77 passes for 1,001 yards and seven touchdowns. Ultra-consistent and hard-working, Boyd's advanced hand-eye coordination allows him to make the difficult grabs that are usually reserved for more seasoned players.

WR Stacy Coley, Miami
Coley has scored touchdowns four different ways in his collegiate debut, seven as a receiver and one each as a runner, a punt returner and a kick returner. Already one of the fastest players in the ACC, he operates as if shot from a cannon, exploding through the seams of a defense or a wedge. Still somewhat raw as a pass-catcher, Coley might be unstoppable once his fundamentals match his jets.

TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas
Henry has a tremendous future ahead of him with the Hogs, especially since Bret Bielema loves employing tight ends in his offense. The true freshman wasted no time fitting in, finishing second on the team with 28 receptions for 409 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-6, 250-pound Henry is the total package at the position, with a ceiling that hasn't even begun to be approached.

OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
Conklin started every game for the Big Ten champs, switching from right tackle to left tackle for the Notre Dame game in September. He's a 6-6, 326-pound monster, quiet away from the field, yet nasty when he gets back on it. Conklin is third on the Spartans in knockdowns, doing his best work when the offense was running the ball right at the opposition.

OG Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
Ifedi has been a rock on the right side for the Aggies, despite his relative inexperience. He's started every game this season, bringing a certain physicality and nastiness to the front wall, especially on running downs. Despite being 6-5 and 311 pounds, Ifedi is light on his feet, and he can get to the second level in a hurry.

C Dan Voltz, Wisconsin
There were ups-and-downs, sure, but the Badgers still like the potential of Voltz to become an anchor in the middle of the line in Madison. Slowed by a hamstring injury in the preseason, he eventually lost his job to junior Dallas Lewallen. However, when Lewallen hurt his knee, Voltz seamlessly stepped in to start five games at the pivot.

OG Alex Redmond, UCLA
In a season of uncertainty in the trenches for the Bruins, Redmond stood out as one of the blockers that could be counted on, week-in and week-out. Sure, there was a learning curve for the 6-5, 305-pound redshirt freshman, but he didn't miss a start, and he improved as the season progressed. For his development, Redmond was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.

OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
Tunsil is the real deal in Oxford, a five-star blindside protector who already looks as if he's on the fast track to the NFL. One of just two FBS true freshmen to be starting at left tackle, the 6-5, 315-pounder is a natural pass blocker, from his hand placement to his strong base. After starting for most of his rookie year, Tunsil could be an All-SEC candidate in 2014.

Second Team

QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo
RB Thomas Tyner, Oregon

WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota

OT Jerald Hawkins, LSU
OG Alex Kozan, Auburn
C Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati
OG Caleb Peterson, North Carolina
OT Jonathan McLaughlin, Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention

QB: Jared Goff (Cal), Sefo Liufau (Colorado), Maty Mauk (Missouri), Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech), John O'Korn (Houston), P.J. Walker (Temple), Davis Webb (Texas Tech)

RB: Michael Adkins (Colorado), Corey Clement (Wisconsin), James Conner (Pittsburgh), Jordan Chunn (Troy), Trey Edmunds (Virginia Tech), Jordan Howard (UAB), Aaron Jones (UTEP), Jarrod Lawson (San Jose State), Elijah McGuire (Louisiana), Paul Perkins (UCLA), Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State), William Stanback (UCF), Kelvin Taylor (Florida), Zaire Williams (Temple)

WR: River Cracraft (Washington State), Rashard Higgins (Colorado State), Kenny Lawler (Cal), Keevan Lucas (Tulsa), Marquez North (Tennessee), Nate Phillips (Arizona), Jhajuan Seales (Oklahoma State), Daikiel Shorts (West Virginia), Joshua Stanford (Virginia Tech), Jamari Staples (UAB), Tyler Winston (San Jose State)

TE: Thomas Duarte (UCLA), Evan Engram (Ole Miss), Billy Freeman (San Jose State), O.J. Howard (Alabama), Johnny Mundt (Oregon), Jonnu Smith (Florida International)

OL: Jacob Bailey (Indiana), Steven Bell (Ball State), Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh), Michael Dunn (Maryland), Sean Harlow (Oregon State), Jon Heck (North Carolina), Cory Helms (Wake Forest), Cameron Hunt (Oregon), Andrew Jelks (Vanderbilt), Kyle Kalis (Michigan), Kaydon Kirby (North Texas), Steven Moore (Cal), Dan Skipper (Arkansas), Eric Smith (Virginia), Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame), Jon Toth, (Kentucky), Chad Wheeler (USC), Avery Young (Auburn)

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