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Freshman Player of the Year Award:
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Trevor Lawrence

Clemson University
Inspirational Freshman of the Year Award:
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Adrian Martinez

University of Nebraska
Freshman Breakout Performance of the Year Award:
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Rondale Moore

Purdue University
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The Freshman Player of the Year

The Freshman Player of the Year

When the Football Writers Association of America approached former Alabama and NFL star Shaun Alexander in 2018 about naming the Freshman of the Year award after him, he was honored.


But he also felt like it was something bigger than just an award. He believed the honor and its influence would touch many great athletes and families as they all traveled their sports and life journeys.


His involvement with the players could become an immense help to others and would be a natural fit for him, just like the day in the fourth grade he decided to become a running back after returning two kickoffs (and nearly a third) for touchdowns.

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Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards and an All-America team. Through its website, the FWAA works to improve communication among all those who work within the game. The FWAA also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest.

Behind the leadership of President Stefanie Loh and Executive Director Steve Richardson and a board of veteran journalists, the FWAA continues grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. There are now over 1,000 members.

Shaun Alexander

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Shaun Edward Alexander (born August 30, 1977) is a former American football running back who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).

He played college football for the University of Alabama, and was drafted by the Seahawks 19th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. In May 2011, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Alexander set numerous NFL and Seattle Seahawks' franchise records, and was named the NFL MVP in 2005. He was also named to the NFL's 2000 All-Decade team.

Some of those records are:
  • 1st NFL Player with 15 TD's 5 Years in a Row
  • 100 NFL Rushing Touchdowns (No. 8 ALL-TIME)
  • 2 time ESPY Award Winner (Best Record Breaking Performance and Best NFL Player)
  • 1st Player to be Named the Cover Athlete for both NCAA Football and Madden
  • 3x Pro Bowl
  • First Team All-American (1999 - Alabama)
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