Blair Burns Named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team
Jan. 9, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming freshman cornerback Blair Burns was named on Monday, Jan. 9 to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.
Burns was one of only two freshmen from the Mountain West Conference to be selected to the team. The other Mountain West freshman was wide receiver Matt Miller of Boise State.
Burns was also one of only four players who were selected from non-automatic qualifying BCS conferences. The others were: Miller of Boise State, linebacker Jeremy Grove of East Carolina and punt returner Scott Harding of Hawaii.
Burns, who is from Plano, Texas, started the final nine 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.
This is the third Freshman All-America team that Burns has been named to this season. In December, Burns was named to the CBSSports.com Freshman All-America First Team and was selected by CollegeFootballNews.com as an Honorable Mention Freshman All-Ameircan.
Burns was also named an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection at the conclusion of the season by conference head coaches and media.
The link to the 2011 FWAA Freshman All-America team can be found here.
This year's team includes:
Pos., Player, School, Ht., Wt., Hometown
QB - Sean Mannion, Oregon State 6-5 218 Pleasanton, Calif.
RB - Giovani Bernard, North Carolina 5-10 205 Davie, Fla.
RB - Lyle McCombs, Connecticut 5-8 172 Staten Island, N.Y.
WR - Matt Miller, Boise State 6-3 213 Helena, Mont.
WR - Marqise Lee, USC 6-0 190 Inglewood, Calif.
WR - Sammy Watkins, Clemson 6-1 200 Fort Myers, Fla.
AP - De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon 5-9 173 Los Angeles, Calif.
OL - Reese Dismukes, Auburn 6-3 300 Spanish Fort, Ala.
OL - B.J. Finney, Kansas State 6-4 297 Andale, Kan.
OL - Chaz Green, Florida 6-5 306 Tampa, Fla.
OL - Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers 6-4 298 Jacksonville, Fla.
OL - Jake Smith, Louisville 6-4 315 Jacksonville, Ala.
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