Richardson Named Freshman All-American


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Barry Richardson opens a big hole for Reggie Merriweather on one of Merriweather's TD runs.
Barry Richardson opens a big hole for Reggie Merriweather on one of Merriweather's TD runs.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) -- The Football Writers Association of America and Scripps announced their fourth annual Freshman All-America team on Tuesday morning during the association's annual awards breakfast.


Clemson offensive tackle Barry Richardson was named to the first-team, the second time in three years Clemson has had a representative on the team. Justin Miller was a first-team selection at cornerback in 2002.


Richardson was named first-team freshman all-American by The
Sporting News earlier this year. He played 471 snaps and started
seven games at offensive tackle this year, school records for a first-year freshman offensive lineman. Clemson had a 5-2 record in the seven games he started in 2004.


Richardson and Georgia Tech kicker Travis Bell were the only ACC players selected.


The Freshman All-America team included three players from Michigan and two players each from Southern California, Arizona State and Auburn. There were six unanimous selections, including Heisman Trophy finalist, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson.


In addition, UTEP coach Mike Price was named the top first-year coach at his school.
The team and coach are selected by a group of writers led by FWAA second 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.


2004 SCRIPPS/FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM


OFFENSE

QB - Chad Henne, Michigan 6-2 217 Wyomissing, Pa.

RB - Michael Hart, Michigan 5-9 194 Syracuse, N.Y.

RB - Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma 6-2 210 Palestine Texas

RB - Jamario Thomas, North Texas 5-11 195 Longview, Texas

WR - Todd Blythe, Iowa State 6-5 210 Indianola, Iowa

WR - Dwayne Jarrett, USC 6-5 195 New Brunswick, N.J.

TE - Zach Miller, Arizona State 6-4 245 Phoenix, Ariz.

OL - Sam Baker, USC 6-5 315 Tustin, Calif.

OL - Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green 6-3 300 Van Wert, Ohio

OL - Jake Long, Michigan 6-7 335 Lapeer, Mich.

OL - Barry Richardson, Clemson 6-7 330 Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

OL - Ryan Wendell, Fresno State 6-2 260 Diamond Bar, Calif.



DEFENSE

DL - Quentin Groves, Auburn 6-3 239 Greenville, Miss.

DL - Stanley McClover, Auburn 6-2 252 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

DL - Frank Okam, Texas 6-5 300 Dallas, Texas

LB - Dan Connor, Penn State 6-3 218 Wallingford, Pa.

LB - Brandon Siler, Florida 6-2 230 Orlando, Fla.

LB - Brian Toal, Boston College 6-1 223 Wyckoff, N.J.

LB -Josh Williams, Arkansas State 6-1 218 China, Texas

CB - Antoine Cason, Arizona 6-1 180 Los Alamitos, Calif.

CB -Roshaun Fellows, Tennessee 6-0 185 Warren, Ark.

S - Quintin Demps, UTEP 6-0 195 San Antonio, Texas

S - Ko Simpson, South Carolina 6-2 185 Rock Hill, S.C.



SPECIALISTS

K Travis Bell, Georgia Tech 6-0 205 Roswell, Ga.

P Chris MacDonald, Arizona State 6-2 220 Mesa, Ariz.

KR ï Kevin Robinson, Utah State 6-0 180 Fresno, Calif.

PR ï Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State 6-0 170 Cleveland, Ohio



FIRST-YEAR COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Price, UTEP

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