Dec. 10, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming freshman cornerback Blair Burns was named on Wednesday, Dec. 7 as a member of the CBSSports.com Freshman All-America Team.
He was the only freshman from the Mountain West Conference to be selected to the team, and was one of only three players who were selected from a non-automatic qualifying BCS conference. The other were linebacker Jeremy Grove of East Carolina and offensive lineman Will Whitman of Harvard.
Burns from Plano, Texas, started the final eight games of the season at cornerback for Wyoming.
He led Wyoming in interceptions, with four on the season. His four interceptions also tied him for No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 23 in the nation.
Burns added four pass breakups on the season, to rank No. 4 in the Mountain West in passes defended.
The freshman was credited with 48 total tackles on the season, 35 of them solo stops. He recovered one fumble and had 1.5 tackles for loss.
Burns was also named an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection earlier this week.
The 2011 CBSSports.com Freshman All-America team is listed below and can be found by clicking here.
The 2011 CBSSports.com Freshman All-America team includes:
DB -- Blair Burns, Wyoming
DB -- Merrill Noel, Wake Forest
DB -- Tevin McDonald, UCLA
DB -- Quandre Diggs, Texas
DL -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DL -- Scott Crichton, Oregon State
DL -- Anthony Johnson, LSU
DL -- Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
LB -- Dion Bailey, USC
LB -- Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB -- Jeremy Grove, East Carolina
QB -- Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
RB -- Isaiah Crowell, Georgia
RB -- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
WR -- Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR -- Marqise Lee, USC
TE -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
OL -- La'El Collins, LSU
OL -- Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
OL -- Will Whitman, Harvard
OL -- Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
C -- Reese Dismukes, Auburn
K -- Andre Heidari, USC
P -- Brad Wing, LSU
All-Purpose -- De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Returner -- Tyler Lockett, Kansas State