Blythe FWAA freshman all-American

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Here's the Iowa sports info release:


IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa offensive lineman Austin Blythe has been named Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).  The 30-man team was announced Monday.  Blythe, who was named earlier to the Freshman All-America team, is one of four Big Ten rookies named to the FWAA team, along with Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer.

Blythe (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) is a redshirt freshman from Williamsburg, Iowa.  He played in 10 games, while starting nine at right guard.  Blythe missed two games in the middle of the season due to injury before returning to the starting line-up for the final five contests.

Blythe used 2011 as a redshirt season.  He joined the Hawkeye program after earning first team all-state honors as a junior and senior at Williamsburg HS.  He was honorable mention on the Parade All-America football team as a senior and was a three-time state wrestling champion.

The FWAA team includes Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) as the quarterback of its offensive unit.  Tight end Devin Funchess of Michigan and offensive lineman Jack Allen of Michigan State also represent the Big Ten Conference in the offensive unit, while Penn State defensive lineman Deion Barnes is the only Big Ten player named to the defensive unit.

The 12th annualFWAA Freshman All-America team is selected by a panel of 11 nationally-prominent writers.  The team includes both first-year freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

Here's the FWAA release:

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) – The 12th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team has been announced, with all 11 Football Bowl Subdivision Conferences and Notre Dame represented on the 30-man roster. A pair of players from the team, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Notre Dame defensive back KeiVarae Russell, will battle one another in tonight's Discover BCS National Championship Game.

Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first quarterback to be named to both the FWAA All-America Team and its Freshman All-America Team. Only three other players have earned a spot on both teams: Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (2004); and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Missouri wide receiver/return specialist Jeremy Maclin (2007). The FWAA has named a Freshman All-America team since the 2001 season.

Ohio State's first-year coach Urban Meyer claimed the first-year coaching honors after his Buckeyes completed a perfect 12-0 regular season.

The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group. Both true freshmen (15 players) and redshirt freshmen (15 players) were considered for the team and are so noted.



QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (6-1, 200, Kerrville, Texas)

RB • Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech (6-0, 215, Strong, Ark.)

RB • Todd Gurley, Georgia (6-1, 218, Tarboro, N.C.)

WR Davante Adams, Fresno State (6-2, 200, Palo Alto, Calif.)

WR • Amari Cooper, Alabama (6-1, 198, Miami, Fla.)

WR J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State (5-10, 185, Phenix City, Ala.)

TE • Devin Funchess, Michigan (6-5, 229, Farmington Hills, Mich.)

OL Jack Allen, Michigan State (6-1, 295, Hinsdale, Ill.)

OL Austin Blythe, Iowa (6-3, 275, Williamsburg, Iowa)

OL Jake Brendel, UCLA (6-4, 295, Plano, Texas)

OL Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech (6-5, 303, Rockdale, Texas)

OL Parker Ehinger, Cincinnati (6-7, 290, Rockford, Mich.)

OL Tyler Johnstone, Oregon (6-6, 292, Chandler, Ariz.)


DL Deion Barnes, Penn State (6-4, 246, Philadelphia, Pa.)

DL • Devonte Fields, TCU (6-4, 240, Arlington, Texas)

DL Samuel Ukwuachu, Boise State (6-4, 222, Pearland, Texas)

DL • Leonard Wllliams, USC (6-5, 270, Daytona Beach, Fla.)

LB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State (6-5, 236, Mesa, Ariz.)

LB Cory James, Colorado State (6-0, 235, Del Rio, Texas)

LB • Tyler Matakevich, Temple (6-1, 220, Stratford, Conn.)

LB Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (5-11, 203, Loganville, Ga.)

DB Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee (5-11, 229, Lithonia, Ga.)

DB • Ronald Darby, Florida State (5-11, 189, Oxon Hill, Md.)

DB • KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame (5-11, 182, Everett, Wash.)

DB • Trevon Stewart, Houston (5-9, 183, Patterson, La.)


P • Tyler Williams, Marshall (6-0, 195, Fort Wayne, Ind.)

K • Austin Lopez, San Jose State (6-0, 170, Euless, Texas)

PR • Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan (5-11, 196, Belle Glade, Fla.)

KR • Duke Johnson, Miami (5-9, 188, Miami, Fla.)

AP • Stefon Diggs, Maryland (6-1, 185, Gaithersburg, Md.)


Urban Meyer, Ohio State

• Denotes true freshman

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