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Fournette, Dupre, Adams Named Freshman All-SEC

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Via the LSUsports.net release:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU safety Jamal Adams, wide receiver Malachi Dupre and running back Leonard Fournette earned spots on the All-SEC Freshman Team as announced Thursday by the league office.

The teams were voted upon by the SEC's 14 head coaches who were unable to vote for their own players. LSU's three selections were tied with Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee for the conference lead. The Tigers have had 20 players secure All-SEC Freshman-Team accolades during the Les Milesera.

Adams collected 56 tackles which is sixth on LSU's defense, and he started two of the final three games of the season. He garnered eight tackles on two occasions, most recently at Texas A&M. Adams also was a valuable member of LSU's special teams where he tallied a team-leading nine stops. He was named a captain for the ULM game, the first freshman to earn that honor under Miles.

Dupre hauled in 14 receptions for 318 yards and five touchdowns. The five TDs are the most for a LSU true freshmen receive since Michael Clayton registered six scores in 2001. He caught a season-high four passes for a season's best 120 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State. He was the first LSU player to catch two-plus TDs during a SEC opener since Josh Reed at Auburn in 2000 and is one of 10 freshmen nationally with multiple TD catches in the same game.

Fournette, a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, amassed a team-leading 891 rushing yards on 176 carries and eight rushing touchdowns. His 891 yards are third most by a LSU freshman only behind Dalton Hilliard (1982 - 901 yards) and Justin Vincent (2003 - 1,001 yards). Fournette registered a quartet of 100-yard rushing games highlighted by 146 yards at Texas A&M. He also serves as LSU's primary kickoff returner and averages 126.8 all-purpose yards per game which ranks fourth in the SEC.

2014 All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches)

Offense
TE - Jeb Blazevich, Georgia
OL - Cam Robinson, Alabama
OL - Jashon Robertson, Tennessee
OL - Braden Smith, Auburn
OL - Ramsey Meyers, Kentucky
C - Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
WR - Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
WR - Malachi Dupre, LSU
QB - Treon Harris, Florida
RB - Nick Chubb, Georgia
RB - Leonard Fournette, LSU
AP - Leonard Fournette, LSU

Defense
DL - Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DL - Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DL - Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama
DL - Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
LB - Nigel Bowden, Vanderbilt
LB - Lorenzo Carter, Georgia 
LB - J.T. Gray, Mississippi State  
DB - Jalen Tabor, Florida 
DB - Jamal Adams, LSU
DB - Todd Kelly, Jr., Tennessee
DB - Al Harris, Jr., South Carolina

Special Teams
PK - Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky
P - JK Scott, Alabama  
RS - Speedy Noil, Texas A&M

This comes as no surprise, and all three Tigers are certainly worthy. The only question I have is Davon Godchaux's absence, yeah, the line is entirely made up of defensive ends and there was some big, flashy plays from that crowd -- but in 12 games (9 starts), Godchaux put up 34 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Da'Shawn hand put up seven with two sacks.  Godchaux's impact was arguable more significant than either of LSU's named members of this team.