Mountain West Lands Three on FWAA Freshman All-America Team
Jan. 7, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three Mountain West football student-athletes were among those honored when the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced its 2012 Freshman All-America team. Fresno State's Davante Adams represented the league on the offensive side of the ball, while Boise State's Sam Ukwuachu and Colorado State's Cory James were selected to the defensive Freshman All-America list.
The Mountain West is one of six FBS leagues (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, WAC) with at least three representatives on the FWAA's 12th annual team. The MW has had multiple players named Freshman All-Americans by the FWAA in seven of the last eight years.
Adams, a product of Palo Alto, Calif., totaled 102 catches in his first collegiate season to lead all FBS freshmen with 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns. He recorded a touchdown pass in each of the last eight games of the season, which established a new Mountain West record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception. Adams became the first freshman receiver in school and league history to post over 1,000 yards receiving in a season. The 2012 MW Freshman of the Year also received Freshman All-America distinction from CBSSports.com and the Sporting News.
Ukwuachu, who hails from Pearland, Texas, recorded 35 total tackles in his frosh campaign, including 16 solo stops, seven tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. The defensive end was one of three freshmen in the nation to recover three fumbles in 2012.
James, a native of Del Rio, Texas, completed his first season at CSU with 54 total tackles (27 solo). The linebacker posted 11 tackles for loss, including a Ram freshman record 7.5 sacks, which ranked second nationally among all freshmen and third among all MW players.