College football’s regular season is in the books, and it's time to unveil the 2002 Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team.
Texas, Virginia and USC, who each finished with Top 15 recruiting classes in 2002, led the way with two Rivals.com First Team Freshman All-Americans apiece.
Among the 15 true freshmen on the All-American team, 12 were rated either five-star or four-star prospects by Rivals.com out of high school last year. Rivals rated Freshman Offensive Player of the Year Maurice Clarett five stars, while Defensive Player of the Year Darryl Blackstock was a four-star prospect. Haloti Ngata and Rodrique Wright, the two defensive tackles on the Freshman All-America team, were the No. 1 and No. 2-rated prep defensive tackle prospects in the country by Rivals.com last year.
Below is a look at the rookies who played like veterans this fall:
Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team - Offense
QB: Brad Smith Missouri 6-3 / 200 / RFr / Youngstown, Ohio Just the 2nd player ever to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000.
RB: Maurice Clarett Ohio State 6-0 / 230 / TFr / Youngstown, Ohio Smashed the Buckeyes' freshman rushing record with 1,190 yards.
RB: T.A. McLendon NC State 5-11 / 214 / TFr / Albemarle, N.C. Led the Pack with 1,083 yards and 16 touchdowns.
WR: Mike Williams USC 6-5 / 210 / TFr / Tampa, Fla. Budding star shattered USC and Pac-10 frosh receiving records.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh 6-3 / 210 / TFr / Minneapolis, Minn. Big time playmaker caught 64 passes for 917 yards and 11 TDs.
TE: Heath Miller Virginia 6-5 / 256 / RFr / Swords Creek, Va. Prep quarterback caught an ACC record nine touchdown passes.
TE: Matt Herrian, Nebraska; Cooper Wallace, Auburn.
OL: Mike McCloskey, UCLA; D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia; Mike Degory, Florida; Chaz White, Arizona State; Adam Stenavich, Michigan; Tre Stallings, Ole Miss; Jimmy Martin, Virginia Tech; Kelvin Chaisson, Oklahoma.
DL: Nick Leaders, Iowa State; Eric Henderson; Georgia Tech; Bryan Pickryl, Texas; Darrius Swain, Georgia; Jonathan Lewis, Virginia Tech; T.J. Jackson, Auburn; Nick Johnson, Arizona State.
LB: Anthony Cannon, Tulane; Chris Moore, East Carolina; Freddie Roach, Alabama; Doug Justice, North Carolina; Lance Laury, South Carolina; D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland.
DB: Jaxson Appel, Texas A&M; Tim Jennings, Georgia; Michael Huff, Texas; Aaron Gipson, Oregon; Jovon Johnson, Iowa; Darrell Brooks, Arizona; Darren Williams, Mississippi State.
K: Travis Mayle, Kent State, Taylor Begley, Kentucky.
P: Tom Malone, USC.
RS: Jeremy Bloom, Colorado; Leon Washington, Florida State; Ed Hinkel, Iowa.
The Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team was selected by Rivals.com editors Will Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bobby Burton (email@example.com). Woods is the Senior Editor and college football columnist for Rivals.com.