Football Writers Association of America Jan. 4, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Griffith
Arkansas' McFadden is lone unanimous selection

LOS ANGELES (FWAA) The Football Writers Association of America and Scripps announced their fifth annual Freshman All-America Team on Wednesday morning during the association's annual awards breakfast.

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.

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.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Denotes true freshman

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

All-Time FWAA Freshman All-America Teams
2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007

Mark Anderson
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ted Miller
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Alan Schmadtke
Orlando Sentinel
Greg Auman
St. Petersburg Times
Steve Richardson
Executive Director, FWAA
George Schroeder
Daily Oklahoman
Mike Griffith
Knoxville News Sentinel
Dave Ruthenberg
MAC Report
Bob Thomas
Florida Times-Union
Paul Letlow
The Monroe News-Star
Chip Scoggins
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
David White
Fresno Bee