November 26, 2003

2003 Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- College football’s regular season is almost in the books, and it's time to unveil the 2003 Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team.

Florida, which is undergoing a youth movement under Coach Ron Zook, leads the way with three first-team freshman All-Americans: quarterback Chris Leak, linebacker Channing Crowder and punter Eric Wilbur. Each might be MVP of their respective units this season for the Gators.

Miami and Minnesota each placed two players on the team.

Among the 13 true freshmen on the All-American team, nine were rated either five-star or four-star prospects by Rivals.com out of high school last year.

Below is a look at the rookies who played like veterans this fall:

Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team - Offense
QB: Chris Leak
Florida
6-1 / 215 / TFr / Charlotte, N.C.
Gators caught fire after Leak was placed in the lineup for good.
RB: Lynell Hamilton
San Diego State
6-1 / 215 / TFr / Stockton, Calif.
Rivals.com's No. 7 back from 2002 eclipsed 1,000-yard mark.
RB: Laurence Maroney
Minnesota
5-11 / 200 / TFr / St. Louis
Averaged 6.7 yards per carry and fell just short of 1,000 yards.
WR: Charles Gordon
Kansas
5-11 / 165 / RFr / Carson, Calif.
Caught 53 passes and also saw playing time in the secondary.
WR: Ryan Moore
Miami
6-3 / 202 / RFr / Orlando, Fla.
Future star is Hurricanes' second-leading receiver with 39 grabs.
TE: Matt Spaeth
Minnesota
6-6 / 265 / RFr / Albertville, Minn.
Caught 12 passes and flashed promise of future stardom.
OL: Ryan Harris
Notre Dame
6-5 / 270 / TFr / St. Paul, Minn.
Third true freshman in school history to start on offensive line.
OL: Justin Blalock
Texas
6-4 / 330 / RFr / Plano, Texas
A natural guard but was a rock all season at right tackle.
OL: Matt Maddox
Illinois
6-4 / 290 / RFr / Manasquan, N.J.
Played every snap of season and more than held his own.
OL: Mike Otto
Purdue
6-5 / 300 / RFr / Kokomo, Ind.
Started every game at tackle and had moments of dominance.
OL: Andrew Carnahan
Arizona State
6-8 / 300 / RFr / Hereford, Texas
Made a difference in all phases of Sun Devil offensive attack.

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Leak

Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team - Defense
DL: Mario Williams
N.C. State
6-7 / 254 / TFr / Richlands, N.C.
Havoc-wreaker: 4 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 4 pass break-ups.
DL: Jermaine McElveen
UAB
6-5 / 245 / TFr / Atlanta
Remember the name: recorded 6 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries.
DL: Brian Smith
Missouri
6-3 / 220 / TFr / Denton, Texas
Splashed onto the scene with 8 sacks and 8 tackles for loss.
DL: Quinn Pitcock
Ohio State
6-4 / 285 / RFr / Piqua, Ohio
Big run-stuffer broke into rotation on outstanding defensive line.
LB: Ahmad Brooks
Virginia
6-4 / 250 / TFr / Woodbridge, Va.
Prototype linebacker roams the field and makes plays.
LB: Channing Crowder
Florida
6-2 / 236 / TFr / Atlanta
Nation's leading tackler among freshmen; Gator defensive MVP.
LB: Justin Warren
Texas A&M
6-3 / 220 / TFr / Tyler, Texas
2002 prep star made smooth transition into college ranks.
DB: Leon Hall
Michigan
6-1 / 170 / TFr / Vista, Calif.
Started from day one and leads Wolverines in interceptions.
DB: LaRon Landry
LSU
6-2 / 180 / TFr / Boutte, La.
Has held down a starting safety spot since arriving on campus.
DB: Brandon Browner
Oregon State
6-4 / 193 / RFr / Sylmar, Calif.
Big, rangy cover man intercepted five passes.
DB: Darnell Bing
USC
6-2 / 220 / TFr / Lakewood, Calif.
Imposing presence for one of nation's best defenses.

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Channing Crowder

Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team - Special Teams
K: Jon Peattie
Miami
6-3 / 190 / TFr / Clearwater, Fla.
Top national scorer among freshmen; made 19 of 23 field goals.
P: Eric Wilbur
Florida
6-2 / 190 / TFr / Winter Park, Fla.
Averaging 45 yards per punt, already among nation's best.
RS: Ryne Robinson
Miami (Ohio)
5-11 / 170 / TFr / Toledo, Ohio
3 returns for TDs, among national leaders in return average.
Utility: Steve Breaston
Michigan
6-1 / 176 / RFr / North Braddock, Pa.
Aguably the nation's most dynamic offensive performer.

Rivals.com Freshman All-American Team - Hon. Mention
QB: Vince Young, Texas; Reggie Ball, Georgia Tech; Kevin Kolb, Houston.
RB: Robert Merrill, TCU; Austin Scott, Penn State; LenDale White, USC; Reggie Bush, USC; Jerry Seymour, Central Michigan; Michael Cooper, Georgia; Justin Vincent, LSU; Tim Castille, Alabama; Courtney Lewis, Texas A&M.
WR: Steve Odom, Toledo; Santonio Holmes, Ohio State; D'Juan Woods, Oklahoma State; Chris Jordan, Washington State; Calvin Davis, Iowa.
TE: Garret Bushong, Purdue; Cody Boyd, Washington State.
OL: Ian-Yates Cunningham, Virginia; Ofa Mohetau, BYU; Corey Hilliard, Oklahoma State; Mike Jones, Iowa.
DL: Victor Abiamiri, Notre Dame; Nolan Burchette, Virginia Tech; LaMarr Woodley, Michigan; Jason Berryman, Iowa State; Brad Girtman, Oklahoma State; Ray McDonald, Florida.
LB: Kai Parham, Virginia; Aaron Rouse, Virginia Tech; Victor DeGrate, Oklahoma State.
DB: Bernard Pollard, Purdue; Marcus Hamilton, Virginia; Ryan Glasper, Boston College; Quinton Culberson, Mississippi State; Michael Griffin, Texas.
K: David Dyches, Nebraska.
P: Jared Scruggs, Rice; Chris Beckman, Tulane.
RS: Mike Mason, North Carolina; Maurice Drew, UCLA.


Check out the Rivals.com 2002 Freshman All-American Team.

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