2009 CFN All-Freshman Team
Pitt RB Dion Lewis
Pitt RB Dion Lewis
Posted Dec 8, 2009

Who were the best new players in college football this season? It was the year of the running back, with three who had to make the first-team, but it was Pitt's Dion Lewis who was the Offensive Freshman of the Year. Check out the 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman Team.

2009 CFN All-Freshman Team


CFN All-Freshman Teams
- 2008 CFN All-Freshman Team
- 2007 CFN All-Freshman Team
- 2006 CFN  All-Freshman Team
- 2005 CFN  All-Freshman Team
- 2004 CFN  All-Freshman Team 

- 2009 CFN Freshman All-America Defense

Offensive Freshman of the Year: RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

Compiled and written up by Richard Cirminiello

First Team

QB Andrew Luck, Stanford – It took a couple of seasons, but Jim Harbaugh has found his quarterback to build around for the next three seasons. Poised well beyond his years and blessed with a great arm, he's second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency, throwing 13 touchdown passes and a league-low four picks. After playing within the framework of the offense this fall, he'll be the focal in 2010 and beyond.

RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh – The only person in Pittsburgh who felt LeSean McCoy was indeed expendable was Lewis, who has rushed for a Big East-best 1,640 yards and 16 touchdowns to conjure up memories of a young Tony Dorsett. Running with impeccable vision and quickness, he wrapped up the regular season with seven straight 100-yard games.

RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech – While it's not like Williams snuck up on the Hokies, they are still ecstatic at how well he has stepped up after starter Darren Evans was lost for the year in August. A first team All-ACC selection in his debut season, he was a bona fide workhorse, turning 268 carries into 1,538 yards and 19 touchdowns. Evans will have a tough time regaining his job next spring.

RB LaMichael James, Oregon – James didn't just break the Pac-10 rushing record for freshmen this season—he destroyed it. The backup to LeGarrette Blount before the season began, he was just ducky after the incumbent was suspended in the opener, rushing for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns in an eye-popping debut season.

WR Eric Page, Toledo – C'mon, was this Rocket really playing quarterback and returning kicks in high school last year? He sure looked like a veteran wide receiver in Toledo, leading the nation's freshmen with 82 receptions for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns, and hauling in more than 10 passes in a game three times.

WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – A big, physical receiver, who uses his body well, Jeffery stopped looking like a first-year player by mid-October. One of the SEC's most dangerous pass-catchers by the end of the regular season, he caught just three balls in September, yet now has 45 grabs for 735 yards and six touchdowns.

TE Orson Charles, Georgia – Yeah, Charles lines up at tight end, but he's all wide receiver when running routes. An athletic 6-3, 230-pounder, with great hands and quickness, he's the next in a long line of prolific Bulldogs at the position. He has scratched the surface of his potential this fall, making 21 catches for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

OT Michael Philipp, Oregon State – A star has been born up front in Corvallis. Philipp has been everything the Beavers expected, when they beat out the rest of the Pac-10 to land him, winning the left tackle job the moment he got on campus. A road grader on running downs, he also has the good feet and solid technique to excel in pass protection.

OG Barrett Jones, Alabama – Not only has Jones started every game at right guard for the Tide, but he's twice been cited by the coaching staff as the offensive player of the week. After a shoulder injury cost him most of last year, he's shown the smarts and athleticism that this rebuilt offensive line has sorely needed in 2009.

C Dalton Freeman, Clemson – Ever since Freeman took over at center midway through the season, the Tiger offense and QB Kyle Parker have played at a higher level. A coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe he really has had that much influence in his first season, consistently grading out well and flexing his muscles as a budding force as a run blocker.

OG David DeCastro, Stanford – DeCastro has played a key role in one of this season's biggest surprises, a young Cardinal line that's allowed just six sacks and helped pave the way for Toby Gerhart's monster year. A physically imposing 6-5, 310-pounder, he's played with all the maturity and swagger of a third-year starter. Both he and freshman T Jonathan Martin will be the cornerstones of this front wall for the next few seasons.

OT Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas – After logging a bunch of frequent-flyer miles, Hawkinson has finally found a home at left tackle, where he spent the season ably protecting Todd Reesing's blindside. However, he arrived in Lawrence as a tight end and switched to the defensive line at the end of 2008, but is staying put and will be even better after adding some weight. 

Second Team

QB Kyle Parker, Clemson
RB Bernard Pierce, Temple
RB Chris Polk, Washington
WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest
WR Conner Vernon, Duke
TE Chris Pantale, Boston College
OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OG Carson York, Oregon
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
OG Patrick Lewis, Texas A&M
OT Aaron Douglas, Tennessee

Third Team

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M
RB Charles Sims, Houston
WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M
WR Alex Torres, Texas Tech
TE Lucas Reed, New Mexico
OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
OG Josh Jenkins, West Virginia
C Ben Habern, Oklahoma
OG Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State
OT Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

Honorable Mention

QB: B.J. Daniels, South Florida, Matt Barkley, USC, Tate Forcier, Michigan, Tom Savage, Rutgers

RB: Adam Robinson, Iowa, Trent Richardson, Alabama, Warren Norman, Vanderbilt, Ed Wesley, TCU

WR: Tyshon Goode, Kent State, Antavious Wilson, Marshall, Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, Roy Roundtree, Michigan

OL: Jake Olson, Central Michigan, Xavier Nixon, Florida, Hugh Thornton, Illinois, Marcus Hall, Ohio State, Neil Deiters, Northwestern, Ivory Wade, Baylor, Chris Barker, Nevada, T.J. Johnson, South Carolina, Braden Hansen, BYU, Erik Kuraczea, Connecticut, Mario Benavides, Louisville, Will Matte, Indiana, Michael Via, Virginia Tech

- 2009 CFN Freshman All-America Defense