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December 18, 2009

Rivals.com 2009 Freshman All-America team

Even in a year when USC ended up in the Emerald Bowl, the Pac-10 had a standout season. The same could be true for years to come.

The Pac-10 led all conferences with nine selections on the Rivals.com Freshman All-America teams; seven of those landed on the first team.

Oregon claimed Rivals.com's National Offensive Freshman of the Year honors, thanks to running back LaMichael James. James edged Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis for the award. James set the Pac-10 freshman rushing record by running for 1,476 yards and 13 touchdowns on 215 carries. All of this came despite just 11 carries in the first two games.

The ACC had the second-most freshman All-America selections with eight. The league also claimed Rivals.com Defensive Freshman of the Year honors, thanks to Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Kuechly was second in the nation in tackles with 142, including double-digit stops in each of the past eight games. Kuechly also had 12.5 tackles for a loss and an interception for a touchdown on the No. 15 rush defense in the country.

FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
Particulars: 6-4/235, redshirt freshman
High school: Houston Stratford
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RB LaMichael James, Oregon
Particulars: 5-9/180, redshirt freshman
High school: Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau
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RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh
Particulars: 5-8/195, true freshman
High school: Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy
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WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
Particulars: 6-3/217, true freshman
High school: St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County
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WR Eric Page, Toledo
Particulars: 5-10/165, true freshman
High school: Springfield (Ohio) High
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WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
Particulars: 6-2/215, true freshman
High school: South Brunswick (N.J.) High
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T Jonathan Martin, Stanford
Particulars: 6-6/291, true freshman
High school: Los Angeles Harvard-Westlake
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T Michael Philipp, Oregon State
Particulars: 6-3/313, true freshman
High school: San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
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G Barrett Jones, Alabama
Particulars: 6-5/280, redshirt freshman
High school: Memphis Evangelical Christian
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G Carson York, Oregon
Particulars: 6-5/285, redshirt freshman
High school: Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Lake City
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C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-5/315, redshirt freshman
High school: Neenah (Wis.) High
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K Matt Weller, Ohio
Particulars: 6-0/210, redshirt freshman
High school: Twinsburg (Ohio) High
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P Tress Way, Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-1/215, redshirt freshman
High school: Tulsa (Okla.) Union
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FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
E Aldon Smith, Missouri
Particulars: 6-5/255, redshirt freshman
High school: Raytown (Mo.) High
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T Kawann Short, Purdue
Particulars: 6-4/310, redshirt freshman
High school: East Chicago (Ind.) Central
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T Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-3/292, redshirt freshman
High school: Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
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E Chandler Jones, Syracuse
Particulars: 6-5/246, redshirt freshman
High school: Endicott (N.Y.) Union-Endicott
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LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Particulars: 5-11/235, true freshman
High school: Kettering (Ohio) High
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LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
Particulars: 6-3/245, true freshman
High school: Corona (Calif.) Centennial
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LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Particulars: 6-3/225, true freshman
High school: Cincinnati St. Xavier
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CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Particulars: 6-1/188, true freshman
High school: Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
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CB Josh Robinson, UCF
Particulars: 5-10/181, true freshman
High school: Plantation (Fla.) High
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FS John Boyett, Oregon
Particulars: 5-10/190, redshirt freshman
High school: Napa (Calif.) High
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SS Rashard Hall, Clemson
Particulars: 6-2/195, redshirt freshman
High school: St. Augustine (Fla.) High
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KR Warren Norman, Vanderbilt
Particulars: 5-10/188, true freshman
High school: Chamblee (Ga.) High
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PR Greg Reid, Florida State
Particulars: 5-9/175, true freshman
High school: Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes
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FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB B.J. Daniels, USF
Particulars: 6-1/210, redshirt freshman
High school: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
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RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
Particulars: 5-10/206, redshirt freshman
High school: Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson
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RB Bernard Pierce, Temple
Particulars: 6-10/210, true freshman
High school: Concordville (Pa.) Glen Mills School
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WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest
Particulars: 6-0/200, redshirt freshman
High school: Wylie (Texas) High
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WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M
Particulars: 6-0/189, true freshman
High school: Allen (Texas) High
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WR Alexander Torres, Texas Tech
Particulars: 6-2/196, redshirt freshman
High school: El Paso (Texas) Franklin
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T Aaron Douglas, Tennessee
Particulars: 6-6/282, redshirt freshman
High school: Maryville (Tenn.) High
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T Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas
Particulars: 6-6/285, redshirt freshman
High school: McPherson (Kan.) High
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G Riley Reiff, Iowa
Particulars: 6-6/280, redshirt freshman
High school: Parkston (S.D.) High
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G Matt Summers-Gavin, California
Particulars: 6-4/291, redshirt freshman
High school: San Francisco St. Ignatius
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C Dalton Freeman, Clemson
Particulars: 6-5/280, redshirt freshman
High school: Pelion (S.C.) High
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K Tyler Bitancurt, West Virginia
Particulars: 6-1/180, redshirt freshman
High school: Springfield (Va.) West Springfield
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P Sean Sellwood, Utah
Particulars: 6-3/200, redshirt freshman
High school: Salt Lake City Judge
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FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
E Nick Perry, USC
Particulars: 6-3/250, redshirt freshman
High school: Detroit King
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T Dave Kruger, Utah
Particulars: 6-5/272, redshirt freshman
High school: Orem (Utah) Timpanogos
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T Scott Vallone, Rutgers
Particulars: 6-3/270, redshirt freshman
High school: Central Islip (N.Y.) St. Anthony's
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E Sean Progar, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 6-3/255, redshirt freshman
High school: Glenview (Ill.) South
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LB Steve Greer, Virginia
Particulars: 6-2/225, redshirt freshman
High school: Solon (Ohio) High
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LB J.C. Percy, Boise State
Particulars: 6-0/214, redshirt freshman
High school: Blackfoot (Idaho) High
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LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Particulars: 6-2/244, true freshman
High school: Honolulu Punahou School
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CB Corey Broomfield, Mississippi State
Particulars: 5-10/170, redshirt freshman
High school: Palm Bay (Fla.) Bayside
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CB Kenny Okoro, Wake Forest
Particulars: 6-0/190, redshirt freshman
High school: Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley
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FS Gerald Moore, Ohio
Particulars: 6-1/191, redshirt freshman
High school: Washington (D.C.) St. John's College
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SS Drew Frey, Cincinnati
Particulars: 6-4/205, redshirt freshman
High school: Wilmington (Ohio) Clinton-Massie
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KR D.J. Monroe, Texas
Particulars: 5-9/170, redshirt freshman
High school: Angleton (Texas) High
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PR Tracy Lampley, Southern Miss
Particulars: 5-9/170, true freshman
High school: Waynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County
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