Three B1G players earn FWAA Freshman All-America honors
Before they closed the books on 2015, three B1G freshmen had one more honor to receive.
The Football Writers Association of America released its Freshman All-America team, which featured a few of the B1G’s top breakout players of 2015. Saquon Barkley (Penn State), T.J. Edwards (Wisconsin) and Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) were all named to the team after their first seasons of action.
Barkley eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark despite the fact that he basically played in nine games behind a suspect offensive line. He was previously selected as Pro Football Focus’ best true freshman in the country.
Edwards picked up the honor after a year in which he led Wisconsin in tackles as a redshirt freshman. He racked up 6.5 tackles for loss for a unit that finished first in the country in scoring.
Peppers made the list as a defensive back, but he did it all in 2015. The New Jersey native was a key contributor in all three phases for the Wolverines, and he was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player.
Jim Harbaugh was also one of the three first-year coaches honored along with former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (Pitt) and former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman (Houston), who ultimately won the award.
Here’s the FWAA Freshman All-America team in its entirety:
QB • Josh Rosen, UCLA (6-4, 210, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
RB • Saquon Barkley, Penn State (5-11, 222, Coplay, Pa.)
RB • Myles Gaskin, Washington (5-9, 192, Lynnwood, Wash.)
RB Mike Warren, Iowa State (6-0, 200, Lawton, Okla.)
WR • Penny Hart, Georgia State (5-9, 170, Buford, Ga.)
WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee (5-9, 171, Sarasota, Fla.)
WR • Calvin Ridley, Alabama (6-1, 188, Coconut Creek, Fla.)
OL William Clapp, LSU (6-5, 303, New Orleans, La.)
OL • Will Noble, Houston (6-4, 290, Leander, Texas)
OL • Mitch Hyatt, Clemson (6-5, 295, Suwanee, Ga.)
OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois (6-6, 311, Green Bay, Wis.)
OL • Connor Williams, Texas (6-5, 283, Coppell, Texas)
DE Walter Brady, Missouri (6-3, 255, Florence, Ala.)
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech (6-5, 256, St. Francisville, La.)
DT • Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri (6-4, 300, East St. Louis, Ill.)
DT • Christian Wilkins, Clemson (6-4, 315, Springfield, Mass.)
LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin (6-1, 238, Lake Villa, Ill.)
LB • Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas (6-0, 222, Fayetteville, Ark.)
LB • Malik Jefferson, Texas (6-3, 232, Mesquite, Texas)
DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (6-1, 192, Hoover, Ala.)
DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State (5-11, 195, Chattanooga, Tenn.)
DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (6-1, 205, East Orange, N.J.)
DB • Andrew Wingard, Wyoming (6-0, 194, Arvada, Colo.)
DB • Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh (5-11, 185, Aliquippa, Pa.)
K • Justin Yoon, Notre Dame (5-10, 185, Nashville, Tenn.)
P • Austin Seibert, Oklahoma (5-10, 210, Belleville, Ill.)
AP • Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (5-11, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
KR • Kavontae Turpin, TCU (5-9, 152, Monroe, La.)
PR • Antonio Callaway, Florida (5-11, 198, Miami, Fla.)
Tom Herman, Houston (Finalists: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan and Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh).
• Denotes true freshman