FWAA Names Two C-USA Players Freshman All-Americans
Jan. 10, 2011
Conference USA had two players that were named to the 2010 Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) freshman All-America football team, as announced by the organization on Monday. Tulsa safety Marco Nelson and Memphis punter Tom Hornsey were each named to the squad.
Nelson has started 12 games at safety for the Golden Hurricane this season, playing in all 13 contests. He earned Conference USA All-Freshman accolades, while also being named a first team All-Conference USA selection by the league's coaches. Nelson totaled the third-most tackles on the team with 86 stops and added six pass breakups and six interceptions. His six interceptions ties for fifth place nationally and ranks second in Conference USA behind teammate Dexter McCoil. Nelson's 12 passes defended ranked seventh in C-USA.
Hornsey, a true freshman Australian punter, was playing in his first-ever American football games this year. He ranks second nationally in yards punted (3,416) and third nationally in total punts (80). He ranks third in C-USA with his 42.7 punting average, and was one of two true freshmen on 2010 Ray Guy Watch List. Hornsey totaled 17 punts over 50 yards, and dropped 24 punts inside the 20, while only 30 percent of his punts were returned. Hornsey logged 400-plus yards in three games, and was named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week following the MTSU game in which he registered 417 yards punting. In just his first season, Hornsey holds the U of M school record in single-season yards punted and is tied for the record in single-season punts.