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Sunday, January 08, 2006

WVU: Slaton named to Freshman All-American Team

WVU: Slaton named to Freshman All-American Team
WVRSN Sports
January 5, 2006

WVU Slaton Steve Slaton LOS ANGELES -- Steve Slaton of West Virginia University added another honor to his already thrilling week.

The Football Writers Association of America and Scripps announced their fifth annual Freshman All-America Team.

Slaton was named to the squad on Wednesday morning.

The team features three players from Arkansas, including the only unanimous selection, running back Darren McFadden. The ACC led all conferences with five players, including a pair from Florida State. Nebraska also had two players named to the team.

In addition, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was named the top first-year coach at his school.

The team and coach are selected by a group of writers led by FWAA vice-president Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, a member of the Scripps chain. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team and so noted.

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Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

QB Drew Weatherford, Florida State 6-3 210 Land O' Lakes, Fla.

RB " Darren McFadden, Arkansas 6-2 210 North Little Rock, Ark.

RB " Steve Slaton, West Virginia 5-10 185 Levittown, Pa.

RB " Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern 5-9 190 Akron, Ohio

WR " Davone Bess, Hawaii 5-10 187 Oakland, Calif.

WR Sidney Rice, South Carolina 6-4 191 Gaffney, S.C.

OL Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech 6-6 285 Tyrone, Ga.

OL Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas 6-4 301 Little Rock, Ark.

OL Jeremy Perry, Oregon State 6-2 315 Kahuku, Hawaii

OL Cole Popovich, Fresno State 6-2 275 Oakhurst, Calif.

OL Max Unger, Oregon 6-5 305 Honaunau, Hawaii

C Robby Felix, UTEP 6-3 275 Corona, Calif.


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

DL " Steve Davis, Minnesota 6-2 230 St. Louis, Mo.

DL Mitch King, Iowa 6-3 250 Burlington, Iowa

DL Brian Orakpo, Texas 6-4 238 Houston, Texas

DL " Barry Turner, Nebraska 6-3 245 Antioch, Tenn.

LB " Michael Brown, Duke 5-11 225 Houston, Texas

LB " Daniel Holtzclaw, Eastern Michigan 6-2 220 Enid, Okla.

LB " Rey Maualuga, USC 6-5 250 Eureka, Calif.

LB Tim McCarthy, Northern Illinois 6-0 235 Neenah, Wis.

DB " Joe Burnett, Central Florida 5-11 180 Eustis, Fla.

DB Tony Carter, Florida State 5-9 160 Jacksonville, Fla.

DB " Courtney Greene, Rutgers 6-1 180 New Rochelle, N.Y.

DB " Kenny Phillips, Miami 6-2 200 Miami, Fla.


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

K " Jordan Congdon, Nebraska 5-11 180 San Diego, Calif.

P Chris Miller, Ball State 6-2 208 Libertyville, Ill.

KR " Felix Jones, Arkansas 6-0 195 Tulsa, Okla.

First-year Coach of the Year: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

" Indicates true freshmen

For more information on the FWAA Freshman All-America Team and other FWAA awards, go to

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