Notre Dame's Nyles Morgan named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A season full of growing pains for Notre Dame freshman Nyles Morgan continues to give way to an offseason flush with promise.

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-Freshman Team. It’s the second freshman All-America squad Morgan has made. Earlier The Sporting News honored him.

The FWAA’s team comprises both true freshmen, like Morgan, and redshirt freshmen.

Morgan had to step into a the No. 1 middle linebacker role on Nov. 1, when eventual team MVP Joe Schmidt suffered a season-ending leg injury during a 49-39 win over Navy.

Morgan struggled to manage the duties of getting plays in from the sideline and making pre-snap adjustments, but he ended up with 47 tackles on the season, tied for eighth most in school history by a freshman, with Kory Minor (1995) and Steve Niehaus (1972).

All but four of Morgan’s 47 tackles came over ND’s final six games.

2014 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

OFFENSE (13)

Pos.

Player, School

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

QB

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

6-1

225

Wichita Falls, Texas

RB

• Nick Chubb, Georgia

5-10

228

Cedartown, Ga.

RB

• Royce Freeman, Oregon

6-0

229

Imperial, Calif.

RB

• Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

5-11

243

Pflugerville, Texas

WR

• Devonte Boyd, UNLV

6-1

175

Henderson, Nev.

WR

• KD Cannon, Baylor

6-0

170

Mount Pleasant, Texas

AP

• Leonard Fournette, LSU

6-1

230

New Orleans, La.

OL

• Brian Allen, Michigan State

6-2

294

Hinsdale, Ill.

OL

• Mason Cole, Michigan

6-5

292

Tarpon Springs, Fla.

OL

• Tejan Koroma, BYU

6-0

280

Allen, Texas

OL

• Toa Lobendahn, USC

6-3

280

Cerritos, Calif.

OL

Brandon Ray, Western Kentucky

6-3

285

Madison, Ala.

OL

• Cam Robinson, Alabama

6-6

323

Monroe, La.

DEFENSE (13)

Pos.

Player, School

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

DL

• Derek Barnett, Tennessee

6-3

267

Nashville, Tenn.

DL

• Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

6-5

255

Arlington, Texas

DL

• Malik McDowell, Michigan State

6-6

286

Farmington Hills, Mich.

DL

Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State

6-2

224

Mesquite, Texas

DL

Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

6-6

235

Newark, N.J.

LB

• DJ Calhoun, Arizona State

6-0

215

El Cerrito, Calif.

LB

• Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame

6-1

230

Crete, Ill.

LB

Craig Suits, Tulsa

6-0

220

Sunnyvale, Texas

LB

Taylor Young, Baylor

5-10

225

DeSoto, Texas

CB

Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

5-10

190

Immokalee, Fla.

CB

• Adoreé Jackson, USC

5-11

185

Belleville, Ill.

S

• Quin Blanding, Virginia

6-4

215

Virginia Beach, Va.

S

Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State

6-1

194

Bakersfield, Calif.

SPECIALISTS (4)

Pos.

Player, School

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

P

• JK Scott, Alabama

6-4

185

Denver, Colo.

K

Matthew McCrane, Kansas State

5-10

165

Brownwood, Texas

PR

• De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska

5-9

175

Alexandria, Va.

KR

Darius Phillips, Western Michigan

5-10

179

Dearborn Heights, Mich.

HEAD COACH
Bryan Harsin, Boise State
• Denotes true freshman

Notre Dame's Nyles Morgan celebrates a stop during ND's loss at Arizona State, Nov. 8 in Tempe, Ariz. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)