Throw a rock in any direction and you’ll likely hit a Freshman Football All American lists. The Football Writers Assoc. and coaches were the “traditional sources” for many years when print media was the coverage leader. Not wanting to cede “expertise” to the dead tree writers, broadcasters and some internet sports sites are producing their own FFAA lists. ESPN has a True Freshman Football AA list excluding RS freshman.
CFB clubs and groups (http://ncfaa.org/) give out ~20 player trophies. Awards are likely the only source material used by lazy journalists to justify their college football AA picks. There are no awards for football freshman per se as football playing freshman are eligible for any award.
Dane started every game this year. He’s hasn’t shown a boomer leg (yet) but he appears to know how to “punt.” His height gives him a good view of the field and he’s developed a touch for inside the 20-yard-line. He won AAC ST player of the week for the Tulane win. UHCougars.com doesn’t show him on any watch lists. The Ray Guy college punter award watch list this year has no freshman. BTW, two Aussies won the RG award the past three years running and came from the same “camp” as Dane (http://www.prokickaustralia.com/).
I haven’t been able to answer my own question. I think the Tulane game demonstrated he’s a punter with great upside; not just a big leg from Down Under. Any idea if he gets an Freshman AA nod? Will being 27 and a former Aussie FB player hurt him cuz is he REEEAAALY a freshman?
I’d like to think we’d have Ed O. and Dane on FFAA lists.