FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas boasts a league-high five representatives on the Coaches’ Freshman All-Southeastern Conference squad announced on Thursday. Arkansas led the SEC with five selections followed by Alabama and Mississippi State with four each and Kentucky and Vanderbilt with three each on team. The league selects only one freshman All-SEC squad.
Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick, linebacker Freddie Fairchild, tailback and return specialist Felix Jones, offensive lineman Jonathan Luigs and running back Darren McFadden all earned conference freshman honors.
In addition to his selection to the SEC All-Freshman squad, McFadden was named first-team All-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year by Scout.com. McFadden was the lone Arkansas representative on the single team selected by the website. McFadden has now been named SEC Freshman of the Year by The Associated Press, league coaches and Scout.com.
“We were blessed to have an outstanding freshman class that was able to step in and compete in the toughest conference in the nation,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “Coaches around the SEC know how difficult that is to do and they have recognized the quality play by these five individuals. They will all be better football players because of the experience gained in their freshman seasons.”
Dick started the final four games of the season at quarterback for the Razorbacks. The Allen, Texas, product completed 53-of-99 passes for 584 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after leading the Razorbacks to a come-from-behind win against Ole Miss. He passed for 175 yards and three touchdowns against the Rebels. He also captained the Hogs to a win over Mississippi State.
Fairchild finished sixth on the team with 59 tackles including six tackles for loss (-28) and two sacks (-16). He took over the starting job at sam linebacker against No. 1 Southern California and started the final nine games at that position. Fairchild has already been named a freshman All-American by ESPN.com, College Football News.com and Rivals.com.
The nation’s leading kickoff returner, Jones was one of the top all-purpose backs in the SEC during his freshman season. Jones averaged 116.4 all-purpose yards a game as a freshman including the nation’s top kickoff return average 31.9. Jones ranked second on the team in rushing with 56.9 yards per game. Jones has also garnered freshman All-America honors from College Football News.com, Rivals.com and was named to the SEC Coaches’ All-SEC second team as a return specialist.
Luigs was a 10-game starter for the Razorbacks on the offensive line in 2005. The Little Rock, Ark., product made seven starts at right guard and three starts at center after senior Kyle Roper was injured. Luigs helped pave the way for the SEC’s leading rushing attack (216.9 yards per game) and 10 100-yard rushing games. ESPN.com, College Football News.com and Rivals.com all named him to their respective freshman All-America squads.
McFadden has collected nearly every award imaginable for his spectacular freshman campaign. The first-team All-SEC running back is a consensus first-team freshman All-America selection. McFadden became only the seventh freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards when he racked up 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2005.
2005 FRESHMAN ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM(*-Ties / #-Unanimous Selection) (Coaches could not vote for their own players)
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC — OFFENSEPos. –Name, School, Ht., Wt., Hometown#TE- Nick Walker, Alabama, 6-5, 245, Brundidge, Ala.OL – Jonathan Luigs,Arkansas,6-4,301,Little Rock, Ark.OL – B.J. Stabler, Alabama,6-4,295,Grove Hill, Ala.OL -Ramon Foster, Tennessee,6-6, 340, Henning, Tenn.OL -Antoine Caldwell, Alabama, 6-3, 296, Montgomery, Ala.OL -Michael Oher, Ole Miss, 6-5 ½, 330, Memphis, Tenn.#WR- Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 200, Birmingham, Ala.#WR -Sidney Rice, South Carolina, 6-4, 191,Gaffney, S.C.QB – Casey Dick, Arkansas, 6-2, 200, Allen, Texas#RB – Darren McFadden, Arkansas, 6-2, 210, North Little Rock, Ark.RB – Arian Foster, Tennessee, 6-1, 211,San Diego, Calif.
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC — DEFENSEPos. –Name, School, Ht., Wt., HometownDL – Bobby Greenwood, Alabama, 6-6, 245, Prattville, Ala.DL – Dakota Walker, South Carolina, 6-4, 219, Mays Landing, N.J.*DL – Jeff Owens, Georgia, 6-3, 280, Sunrise, Fla.*DL – Tyson Jackson, LSU, 6-5, 281, Edgard, La.#LB – Freddie Fairchild,Arkansas, 6-2, 215, Little Rock, Ark.#LB – Braxton Kelley, Kentucky, 6-2, 220, LaGrange, Ga.LB – Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State, 6-2, 230, Fort Pierce, Fla.LB – Anthony Littlejohn, Mississippi State, 6-2, 225, Jacksonville, Fla.#DB – Reshard Langford, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 215, Tanner, Ala.DB – Jamarca Sanford, Ole Miss, 5-10, 200, Batesville, Miss.DB – Shomari Moore, Kentucky, 5-9, 180, Camden, N.J.*DB – David Jones,Kentucky, 5-10, 180, Huddy, Ky.*DB – Derek Pegues, Mississippi State, 5-10, 189, Batesville, Miss.
FRESHMAN ALL-SEC — SPECIAL TEAMSPos. –Name, School, Ht., Wt., HometownP – Bryant Hahnfeldt, Vanderbilt, 5-11, 185, Nashville, Tenn.PK – Blake McAdams, Mississippi State, 5-11, 187, Ripley, Tenn.RS – Felix Jones, Arkansas, 6-0, 195,Tulsa, Okla.
The 2005 Scout.com All-SEC Team
ALL-SEC — Offense
QB – D.J. Shockley*, Georgia, 6-1, 206, Sr.
RB- Kenny Irons, Auburn, 5-11, 202, Jr.
RB- Darren McFadden***, Arkansas, 6-2, 210, Fr.
WR – Sidney Rice, South Carolina, 6-4, 191, Fr.
WR – Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt, 6-2, 200, Fr.
TE – Leonard Pope, Georgia, 6-7, 250, Jr.
OL – Marcus McNeill, Auburn, 6-9, 338, Sr.
OL – Max Jean-Gilles, Georgia, 6-4, 340, Sr.
OL – Andrew Whitworth, LSU, 6-7, 322, Sr.
OL – Randy Hand, Florida, 6-6, 310, Sr.
OL – Rudy Niswanger, LSU, 6-6, 296, Sr.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — DEFENSE
DE – Willie Evans, Mississippi State, 6-2, 270, Sr.
DE – Quentin Moses, Georgia, 6-5, 248, Jr.
DT – Claude Wroten, LSU, 6-3, 290, Sr.
LB – Patrick Willis**, Ole Miss, 6-2, 230, Jr.
LB – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Sr.
LB – Moses Osemwegie, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 228, Sr.
LB – Freddie Roach, Alabama, 6-2, 248, Sr.
S – Greg Blue, Georgia, 6-2, 214, Sr.
S – Ko Simpson, South Carolina, 6-1, 201, So.
CB – Tim Jennings, Georgia, 5-8, 178, Sr.
CB – Dee Webb, Florida, 5-11, 190, Jr.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC — SPECIAL TEAMS
P – Kody Bliss, Auburn, 5-11, 177, Jr.
PK – Brandon Coutu, Georgia, 6-0, 197, So.
RS – Skyler Green, LSU, 5-10, 185, Sr.
* Offensive Player of the Year** Defensive Player of the Year*** Freshman of the Year