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December 17, 2008

ECU's Davis makes 1st Team Rivals All-Frosh

GREENVILLE, N.C. - After winning the Conference USA championship, the Pirates received more post season accolades today when PI nominated ECU freshman defensive back Emanuel Davis made the 1st team All Rivals Freshman squad.

Davis raised his game in important moments for the Conference USA champions. He had three interceptions in a two-game span when the Pirates won both games and he finished with three interceptions, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Here's a look at the complete Freshman All-America team as seen by Rivals.com.


QB Robert Griffin, Baylor

Particulars: 6-3/200, true freshman

High school: Copperas Cove (Texas) High

Key stats: The impressive dual-threat player may do the unthinkable and help the Bears put together a winning season. Griffin set an FBS (i.e., Division I-A) record by starting his career with 209 consecutive pass attempts before he threw his first interception. Griffin passed for 2,091 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 843 yards and 13 scores.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Particulars: 5-7/193, true

High school: Richmond (Texas) Lamar Consolidated

Key stats: Oregon State stayed in the Rose Bowl hunt until the last week of the season largely because of Rodgers. He rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns and also caught 29 passes for 247 yards.

RB Darren Evans, Virginia Tech

Particulars: 6-0/200, redshirt freshman

High school: Indianapolis Warren Central

Key stats: The Hokies were in dire need of offense. Evans provided some with 1,112 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His 253-yard day against Maryland on Nov. 6 was a school-record performance.

WR Julio Jones, Alabama

Particulars: 6-4/210, true

High school: Foley (Ala.) High

Key stats: The No. 2 prospect in the class of 2008 kept opposing defenses honest by catching 51 passes for 847 yards and four touchdowns. He caught five passes for 124 yards in the SEC Championship Game against Florida.

WR A.J. Green, Georgia

Particulars: 6-4/200, true

High school: Summerville (S.C.) High

Key stats: Green led the SEC with 951 receiving yards on 55 catches. He also tied for the SEC lead with eight touchdown catches, including winning scores against Kentucky and Auburn in back-to-back games.

WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss

Particulars: 6-6/228, true

High school: Ocean Springs (Miss.) High

Key stats: Brown lived up to the hype. He had 66 receptions - which tied the school record - for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown had four 100-yard receiving games.

T Andrew Datko, Florida State

Particulars: 6-6/276, true

High school: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Key stats: The surprise starter earned compliments from FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, a notoriously tough critic. Datko started all but one game at left tackle for the Seminoles.

Particulars: 6-6/321, redshirt

High school: Provo (Utah) Timpview

Key stats: Reynolds started every game at left tackle alongside four seniors. He didn't allow a sack and allowed only one hit on quarterback Max Hall.

G Moe Petrus, Connecticut

Particulars: 6-2/276, redshirt

High school: St. Laurent (Quebec) Vanier Prep

Key stats: The physical newcomer helped pave the way for Donald Brown's breakout season, in which he led the nation in rushing.

G Joel Foreman, Michigan State

Particulars: 6-3/308, redshirt

High school: Highland (Mich.) Milford

Key stats: He started 10 games at left guard, blocking for 1,590-yard back Javon Ringer.

C Michael Brewster, Ohio State

Particulars: 6-5/296, true

High school: Orlando Edgewater

Key stats: Ohio State's other freshman who moved into the starting lineup after the USC loss, Brewster led an offensive line that improved over the final two-thirds of the season. The Buckeyes topped 200 rushing yards in five Big Ten games.

ALL-PURPOSE Damaris Johnson, Tulsa

Particulars: 5-8/175, true

High school: Norco (La.) Destrehan

Key stats: Johnson was fifth in the nation with 169.3 all-purpose yards per game. He was a runner (251 rushing yards, one touchdown), a receiver (608 yards, nine touchdowns) and a kickoff returner (1,319 yards, one touchdown).


E Robert Quinn, North Carolina

Particulars: 6-5/260, true

High school: North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester

Key stats: Quinn was consistent during his 10 starts at end. He finished with 6.5 tackles for a loss. He forced two fumbles against Georgia Tech and recorded 20 tackles in the last five games.

E Frank Alexander, Oklahoma

Particulars: 6-4/249, redshirt

High school: Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab School

Key stats: Alexander stepped in for injured starter Auston English and fared well over the second half of the season. He played in eight games and had 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble, and he returned an extra-point attempt for two points against Oklahoma State.

T Lawrence Guy, Arizona State

Particulars: 6-5/270, true

High school: Las Vegas Western

Key stats: Guy burst into Arizona State's starting lineup in early October and finished with 10 tackles for a loss. His 27 tackles were second-most among Pac-10 defensive tackles.

T Marcus Forston, Miami

Particulars: 6-2/302, true

High school: Miami Northwestern

Key stats: The explosive tackle started only one game but finished the season with 17 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had three sacks in the last three games.

LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma

Particulars: 6-2/232, redshirt

High school: San Antonio Robert E. Lee

Key stats: Lewis was one of the defensive MVPs for the Sooners. He finished the regular season with a team-leading 137 tackles to go with 12 tackles for loss.

LB Sean Spence, Miami

Particulars: 6-2/202, true

High school: Miami Northwestern

Key stats: Of the numerous Northwestern grads in Miami's freshman class, Spence had the most impact. He became a starter for the final eight games, finishing the season with 62 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss.

LB Donta Hightower, Alabama

Particulars: 6-4/250

High school: Lewisburg (Tenn.) Marshall County, true

Key stats: Hightower started all season on a vastly improved Alabama defense, recording 62 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida

Particulars: 5-10/185, true

High school: Pahokee (Fla.) High

Key stats: Florida's pass defense improved tremendously with Jenkins in the mix. Jenkins, who was physical in run support, intercepted three passes and added 11 pass breakups.

CB Emanuel Davis, East Carolina

Particulars: 5-11/190, redshirt

High school: Manteo (N.C.) High

Key stats: Davis raised his game in important moments for the Conference USA champions. He had three interceptions in a two-game span when the Pirates won both games by three points. He finished with three picks, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble.

S Sean Baker, Ball State

Particulars: 6-1/205, redshirt

High school: Canfield (Ohio) High

Key stats: Baker led the Cardinals with 91 tackles and tied for the MAC lead with six interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown against Indiana, and had 10 pass breakups.

S Earl Thomas, Texas

Particulars: 5-10/195, redshirt

High school: Orange (Texas) West Orange Stark

Key stats: One of two freshman starting safeties for the Longhorns, Thomas was second on the team with 61 tackles. He had two interceptions, four forced fumbles, a blocked kick and nine pass breakups.


K Philip Welch, Wisconsin

Particulars: 6-3/190, redshirt

High school: Fort Collins (Colo.) High

Key stats: Welch was 18-of-22 on field-goal attempts, including 8-for-10 from 40 yards and beyond.

P Bryan Anger, California

Particulars: 6-4/196, redshirt

High school: Camarillo (Calif.) High

Key stats: Anger averaged 43.7 yards per kick, including a 76-yarder. Of Anger's 66 punts, 25 landed inside the 20. Anger had only six touchbacks.

PR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Particulars: 5-11/175, redshirt

High school: Norman (Okla.) High

Key stats: Also a second-team receiver, Broyles averaged 9.7 yards per return, including a touchdown against Kansas State.

KR T.J. Graham, N.C. State

Particulars: 6-0/180, true

High school: Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield

Key stats: Graham set a school record with 893 kickoff return yards. His 24.8-yard average was fourth in the ACC.



QB Kellen Moore, Boise State (redshirt)

RB Victor Anderson, Louisville (redshirt)

RB Bryce Beall, Houston

WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (redshirt)

WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

WR Briggs Orsbon, Ball State

T Jeremiah Hatch, Kansas (redshirt)

T Jeff Allen, Illinois

G Kyle Hill, Duke (redshirt)

G Mason Cloy, Clemson (redshirt)

C Ben Jones, Georgia

ALL-PURPOSE T.Y. Hilton, Florida International


E Vince Browne, Northwestern (redshirt)

E Tom Keiser, Stanford (redshirt)

T Billy Winn, Boise State (redshirt)

T Mike Martin, Michigan

LB Jerry Franklin, Arkansas (redshirt)

LB Chris Marve, Vanderbilt (redshirt)

LB Brandon Maye, Clemson (redshirt)

CB Jordan Mabin, Northwestern (redshirt)

CB Rashaad Reid, Georgia Tech

S Tyler Sash, Iowa (redshirt)

S Trent Hunter, Texas A&M


K James Aho, New Mexico

P Chris Hagerup, Indiana (redshirt)

PR Travis Benjamin, Miami

KR Leonard Johnson, Iowa State

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