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Basham Named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team

Tarell Basham

Jan. 6, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University football freshman defensive end Tarell Basham was named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team on Monday.

Basham (Rocky Mount, Va.) was named to the team after he led the Bobcats with 7.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss this past season. His 7.5 sacks are tied for fifth on the program's all-time single season sack list. He also recorded 32 tackles (16 solo) and tallied five quarterback hurries.

"I'm excited for Tarell (Basham) and our football program," said head coach Frank Solich. "He's had a great season and he is just beginning to scratch the surface with his talent."

In 2013, Basham played in all 13 games and made five starts, including one in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl in St. Pettersburg, Fla.

Basham and fellow freshman Corey Davis from Western Michigan were the only two Mid-American Conference players that were named to the squad. Since the FWAA Freshman All-America team began in 2001, only 16 MAC players have been named to the squad.

Former members of the FWAA Freshman All-America team, include current NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh), Brian Orakpo (Texas), Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), Ben Roethlisberger (Miami (Ohio)) and Vince Wilfork (Miami).

The team and coach are selected by a 10-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group. Both true freshmen (21 players) and redshirt freshmen (seven players) were considered for the team and are so noted.



Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

 QB Jameis Winston, Florida State 6-4 228 Bessemer, Ala.

RB • Alex Collins, Arkansas 5-11 206 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 RB • Elijah McGuire, Louisiana 5-11 185 Houma, La.

WR • Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh 6-2 185 Clairton, Pa.

WR • Corey Davis, Western Michigan 6-2 205 Wheaton, Ill.

 WR • Nate Phillips, Arizona 5-7 177 Chandler, Ariz.

TE • Hunter Henry, Arkansas 6-6 250 Little Rock, Ark.

OL Jack Conklin, Michigan State 6-6 236 Plainwell, Mich.

 OL Andrew Jelks, Vanderbilt 6-6 290 Paris, Tenn.

OL Alex Kozan, Auburn 6-4 297 Castle Rock, Colo.

OL Ben Lauer, Minnesota 6-6 302 Plymouth, Minn.

 OL • Alex Redmond, UCLA 6-5 305 Cerritos, Calif.


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown
DL • Tarell Basham, Ohio 6-4 250 Rocky Mount, Va.

DL • Joey Bosa, Ohio State 6-6 275 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 DL • Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA 6-4 305 Auburn, Calif.
LB • Dominque Alexander, Oklahoma 6-2 216 Tulsa, Okla.

 LB • Dakota Cox, New Mexico 6-0 235 Draper, Utah

LB • Addison Gillam, Colorado 6-3 225 Palo Cedro, Calif.

 LB • Myles Jack, UCLA 6-1 225 Bellevue, Wash.

DB • Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech 5-11 193 Baltimore, Md.

 DB Jacoby Glenn, UCF 6-0 176 Prichard, Ala.

DB • Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida 5-11 192 Tampa, Fla.

DB • Jalen Ramsey, Florida State 6-1 195 Smyrna, Tenn.

 DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma 5-11 176 Keller, Texas


Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Hometown

P • Austin Rehkow, Idaho 6-3 202 Veradale, Wash.

K • Michael Geiger, Michigan State 5-8 186 Toledo, Ohio

PR • Ryan Switzer, North Carolina 5-10 175 Charleston, W. Va.

 KR • Stacey Coley, Miami 6-1 180 Pompano Beach, Fla.


Gus Malzahn, Auburn

• Denotes true freshman