Pitt freshman running back Dion Lewis was named a second-team All-American Tuesday by the Associated Press.I haven't done too much looking back after that nightmare of a Big East Championship game, but with these awards it's hard not to.
Lewis, who ran for 1,641 yards and a team-high 16 touchdowns, was joined by teammate Dorin Dickerson, who was named as the third team tight end. Lewis was the only true freshman player named as an AP All-American.
Dion Lewis was arguably the top freshman in all of college football, as evidenced not only by this honor, but the growing list of accolades he's received:
Freshman tailback Dion Lewis’ status as the top newcomer in college football continues to be solidified with his growing list of honors. Lewis (Albany, N.Y./Blair Academy [N.J.]) was the only true freshman named to The Associated Press All-America Team announced today. He was a second-team All-America selection by the AP as well as by Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.I don't think there's any way he doesn't end up being a Heisman favorite heading into next year. He finished this year third in rushing (1,640 yards), 2nd in attempts (297), and 10th in TDs (16). Mix in the fact that Pitt will be going with a new quarterback and they could rely on the running game even more than this year. There aren't any words to adequately describe his dominant year - and I'm sick of trying to string some together.
Lewis has also been named the National Freshman of the Year by CBSSports.com and the Offensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Dickerson, meanwhile, was only one of the top tight ends in all of college football, with over 500 yards receiving and 2nd in TDs with 10. His year should help him land a job in an NFL training camp next year.
Congrats to both.