Dec. 7, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn's stellar freshman class continued to receive more accolades Friday, as five members of the class were named to the Sporting News' Freshman All-American teams. Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and punter Ryan Shoemaker were named to the first team, safety Zac Etheridge was named to the second team and kicker Wes Byrum and linebacker Craig Stevens received honorable mention recognition.
Ziemba, who has started all 12 games at right tackle for Auburn this season as a true freshman, has now been named a First Team Freshman All-American by the Sporting News, Rivals.com, Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com. Shoemaker, a redshirt freshman who ranks second in the SEC and 16th in the nation in punting (43.2), also made Rivals.com's first team and CollegeFootballNews.com's second team.
Etheridge, the team's third-leading tackler with 57 stops, has also been named to the Freshman All-American second team by Rivals.com and the third team by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Byrum, a three-time Lou Groza Star of the Week as a true freshman, had previously earned Second Team Freshman All-American honors by Scout.com and was on CollegeFootballNews.com's third team. It marked the first Freshman All-American honor for Stevens, who totaled 33 tackles in nine games as a redshirt freshman.