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CHEETAH!

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Two Alabama players earned FWAA Freshman All-American honors today, cornerback Patrick Surtain II and wideout/cheetah Jaylen Waddle.

Waddle has played in every game this season, tallying 43 catches for 823 yards (19.17 YPC) and 7 touchdowns.

PSII was pressed into service early this season, after Trevon Diggs went down and as Saivion Smith was still getting his feet under him. He’s been so incredibly smooth in pass coverage (until the Orange Bowl, at least) that his stat line doesn’t really jump out at you: 1 interception, 6 PDs, and 37 tackles. But, it’s a credit to his coverage that teams aren’t really targeting him either.

Congratulations to both players and Roll Tide

2018 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE (13)

Pos., Player, School (Ht., Wt., Hometown)

QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (6-6, 215, Cartersville, Ga.)

QB Adrian Martinez, Nebraska (6-2, 220, Fresno, Calif.)

RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State (5-11, 211, Harbor City, Calif.)

RB Anthony McFarland, Maryland (5-8, 193, Hyattsville, Md.)

WR Rondale Moore, Purdue (5-9, 175, New Albany, Ind.)

WR Jayden Reed, Western Michigan (6-0, 170, Aurora, Ill.)

WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (5-10, 177, Houston, Texas)

OL Trace Clopton, Southern Miss (6-2, 290, Brookhaven, Miss.)

OL Keegan Cryder, Wyoming (6-4, 291, Littleton, Colo.)

OL James Empy, BYU (6-4, 297, American Fork, Utah)

OL Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma (6-5, 325, Shawnee, Okla.)

OL Cade Mays, Georgia (6-6, 318, Knoxville, Tenn.)

OL Isaiah Wilson, Georgia (6-7, 340, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

DEFENSE (14)

Pos., Player, School (Ht., Wt., Hometown)

DL Jordan Davis, Georgia (6-6, 320, Charlotte, N.C.)

DL Jamal Hines, Toledo (6-2, 216, Cincinnati, Ohio)

DL Juwuan Jones, WKU (6-3, 270, Sugar Hill, Ga.)

DL Austin Lewis, Liberty (6-6, 230, Jonesborough, Tenn.)

LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa (6-4, 250, Hominy, Okla.)

LB Carlton Martial, Troy (5-10, 216, Mobile, Ala)

LB Merlin Robertson, Arizona State (6-3, 235, Gardena, Calif.)

LB Mike Rose, Iowa State (6-3, 228, Brecksville, Ohio)

DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford (6-1, 189, Mansfield, Texas)

DB Andre Cisco, Syracuse (6-0, 199, Valley Stream, N.Y.)

DB Adrian Frye, Texas Tech (6-1, 175, Houston, Texas)

DB Caden Sterns, Texas (6-1, 192, Cibolo, Texas)

DB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (6-2, 202, Plantation, Fla.)

DB Bryce Thompson, Tennessee (5-11, 180, Irmo, S.C.)

SPECIALISTS (5)

Pos., Player, School (Ht., Wt., Hometown)

P Clayton Howell, Appalachian State (6-0, 183, High Point, N.C.)

K Andre Szmyt, Syracuse (6-1, 195, Vernon Hills, Ill.)

KR K.J. Hamler, Penn State (5-9, 173, Pontiac, Mich.)

PR Marcus Hayes, New Mexico (6-0, 199, Rockford, Ill.)

AP Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas (5-10, 170, Marrero, La.)

HEAD COACH

Josh Heupel, UCF