Clapp Named FWAA Freshman All-American

William Clapp was named a freshman All-American by the FWAA
William Clapp was named a freshman All-American by the FWAA
Steve Franz
Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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BATON ROUGE – LSU guard William Clapp picked up another All-America honor on Monday as he was named to the 2015 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team, the organization announced.

The FWAA honor is the third for the New Orleans native as he was previously named to Freshman All-America Teams by the USA Today and The Sporting News. Clapp also earned Freshman All-SEC honors.

Clapp, a redshirt freshman from Brother Martin High School, played a key role in LSU leading the Southeastern Conference in rushing with an average of 256.8 yards per game.

Clapp, who is the son of former LSU defensive standout Tommy Clapp, helped pave the way for the nation’s leading rusher Leonard Fournette, who set the school record with 1,953 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Fournette averaged a school-record 162.8 yards rushing a contest, a figure that ranks No. 2 in SEC history, trailing only Herschel Walker’s 171.9 yards a game in 1981.

Clapp opened the season at left guard against Mississippi State and then shifted to right guard the following week against Auburn, which is where he played the final 11 games of the season. In 12 games, Clapp played 779 offensive snaps and ranked third among offensive linemen with 81.5 knockdowns.

2015 FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
OFFENSE (12)
QB • Josh Rosen, UCLA (6-4, 210, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
RB • Saquon Barkley, Penn State (5-11, 222, Coplay, Pa.)
RB • Myles Gaskin, Washington (5-9, 192, Lynnwood, Wash.)
RB Mike Warren, Iowa State (6-0, 200, Lawton, Okla.)
WR • Penny Hart, Georgia State (5-9, 170, Buford, Ga.)
WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee (5-9, 171, Sarasota, Fla.)
WR • Calvin Ridley, Alabama (6-1, 188, Coconut Creek, Fla.)
OL William Clapp, LSU (6-5, 303, New Orleans, La.)
OL • Will Noble, Houston (6-4, 290, Leander, Texas)
OL • Mitch Hyatt, Clemson (6-5, 295, Suwanee, Ga.)
OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois (6-6, 311, Green Bay, Wis.)
OL • Connor Williams, Texas (6-5, 283, Coppell, Texas)

DEFENSE (12)
DE Walter Brady, Missouri (6-3, 255, Florence, Ala.)
DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech (6-5, 256, St. Francisville, La.)
DT • Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri (6-4, 300, East St. Louis, Ill.)
DT • Christian Wilkins, Clemson (6-4, 315, Springfield, Mass.)
LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin (6-1, 238, Lake Villa, Ill.)
LB • Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas (6-0, 222, Fayetteville, Ark.)
LB • Malik Jefferson, Texas (6-3, 232, Mesquite, Texas)
DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (6-1, 192, Hoover, Ala.)
DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State (5-11, 195, Chattanooga, Tenn.)
DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (6-1, 205, East Orange, N.J.)
DB • Andrew Wingard, Wyoming (6-0, 194, Arvada, Colo.)
DB • Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh (5-11, 185, Aliquippa, Pa.)

SPECIALISTS (29)
K • Justin Yoon, Notre Dame (5-10, 185, Nashville, Tenn.)
P • Austin Seibert, Oklahoma (5-10, 210, Belleville, Ill.)
AP • Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (5-11, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
KR • Kavontae Turpin, TCU (5-9, 152, Monroe, La.)
PR • Antonio Callaway, Florida (5-11, 198, Miami, Fla.)

HEAD COACH
Tom Herman, Houston (Finalists: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan and Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh).
• Denotes true freshman

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