ATLANTA (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - After leading all Southeastern Conference freshmen in field goal percentage, Mississippi State place kicker Jace Christmann was named to the 2017 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American Team, the organization announced prior to Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship.
The SEC placed five players on the 30-man team, second only to the Big Ten’s six selections. The Pac-12 followed with four, while the ACC, Mountain West Conference and Conference USA each had three selections. A 13-person panel of nationally-prominent college football writers representing each of the FBS conference along with independents selected the team.
For the second consecutive season, MSU has placed a Bulldog on the FWAA Freshman All-American Team, which was established in 2001. Linebacker Leo Lewis earned the program’s first honor following the 2016 season.
Taking over MSU’s placekicking responsibilities against No.11 LSU on Sept. 16, Christmann connected on 27-yard, 30-yard and 45-yard field goals against the Tigers, becoming the first Bulldog since Devon Bell against South Alabama on Sept. 22, 2013, to kick three field goals in a single game.
The redshirt freshman closed the season 12-of-14 for an 85.7 field goal percentage, which ranked tied for third in the SEC. The field goal percentage was the highest by a Bulldog since Evan Sobiesk went 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) over the 2014 season. The Houston, Texas, native was also a perfect 42-of-42 in PAT attempts, which ranked fifth in MSU single-season history.
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2017 Freshman All-American Team
QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
RB Spencer Brown, UAB
RB AJ Dillon, Boston College
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
WR Justin Hall, Ball State
WR McLane Mannix, Nevada
WR JD Spielman, Nebraska
TE Matt Bushman, BTU
OT Alaric Jackson, Iowa
OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
G Navaughn Donaldson, Miami
G Try Smith, Tennessee
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State
DE Kylan Wilborn, Arizona
DT Ross Blacklock, TCU
DT Jordan Scott, Oregon
LB Racheem Boothe, Southern Miss
LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
LB Colin Schooler, Arizona
DB T.J. Carter, Memphis
DB Chase Lucas, Arizona State
DB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
DB Tariq Thompson, San Diego State
DB Andraez “Greedy” Williams, LSU
P Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech
K Jace Christmann, Mississippi State
KR Marcus Jones, Troy
PR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma