Nov. 27, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
Three freshmen on the Auburn football team were named Tuesday to the Rivals.com Freshman All-America team. Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba (Rogers, Ark.) and punter Ryan Shoemaker (Birmingham) were named to the first team, while safety Zac Etheridge (Troy) was selected to the second team.
Ziemba, who was also named a first-team freshman All-American by Scout.com this season, has started all 12 games at right tackle for Auburn this season. He became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Auburn since Ben Obomanu and Devin Aromashodu in 2002, and is the only true freshman to start on the offensive line at Auburn in a season opener during the Tommy Tuberville era.
Shoemaker ranks second in the SEC and 16th nationally in punting average at 43.2 yards per kick. He has placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line with only one touchback, and has a long punt this season of 64 yards. He has helped Auburn rank fourth nationally in net punting average (39.3).
Etheridge, who was an honorable mention selection on the Scout.com Freshman All-America team, is tied for third on the team with 57 tackles this season, including 1.5 for losses and half a sack. He has started 11 games this year, and has five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.