Alabama Football Places Three on Sporting News Freshman All-America Team
The Alabama football team placed three players on the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team, the organization announced Wednesday morning. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley and offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher were the representatives on offense, while cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick was selected on defense.
Ridley, from Coconut Creek, Fla., has developed into the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver. For the season, he has reeled in a freshman school-record 75 catches for 893 yards and five touchdowns. Among freshmen wideouts, Ridley ranks second nationally in catches and third in receiving yards. He was a second team All-SEC selection and Freshman All-SEC Team choice as well.
Pierschbacher, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, has been a stable addition at left guard for the Alabama offensive line. The unit has dominated the line of scrimmage as the Tide ranks fourth nationally in time of possession (33:52) and 27th in rushing offense (208.2 ypg). For the season, Pierschbacher has missed only five assignments and surrendered just half of a sack. He also has recorded 26 knockdown blocks.
Fitzpatrick, from Old Bridge, N.J., has made an immediate impact on a defensive unit that is widely considered among the best in the country. He has recorded 41 stops, including three tackles for a loss (-18 yards) and two sacks (-17 yards). He also has two interceptions, eight pass breakups, one quarterback hurry, a blocked kick and a punt return touchdown. Fitzpatrick became the first player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game on Oct. 17 at Texas A&M, helping to lead the Tide to a 41-23 win over the Aggies.