POSTED: Thursday January 8th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA, McGRANE AWARD HIGHLIGHT ANNUAL AWARDS BREAKFAST

Football Writers Association of America and Aon Insurance

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) - The Football Writers Association of America and Aon Insurance announced their eighth annual Freshman All-America Team on Thursday morning during the association\‘s annual awards breakfast. Each member of the team will receive a custom-designed mini helmet courtesy of Schutt Sports, the world\‘s leading maker of football helmets and faceguards.
 
The Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Southeastern, Big 12 and Pacific-10 conferences each placed four players on the 27-man team. Conference USA was the only other conference with multiple players on the team with two. Of the 27 players selected, 15 were true freshmen and 12 were redshirt freshmen.
 
· Complete FWAA Freshman All-America Team
 
BARNHART SELECTION FOR BERT McGRANE AWARD
 
Award-winning journalist Tony Barnhart, a veteran of the reporting scene for 32 years, has been named the winner of the Football Writers Association of America\‘s Bert McGrane Award for 2009.
 
The McGrane Award, symbolic of the association\‘s Hall of Fame, is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service to the organization and/or the writing profession. It is named after McGrane, a Des Moines, Iowa, writer who was the executive secretary of the FWAA from the early 1940s until 1973.
 
· Complete Bert McGrane Award release
 
KANSAS YOUTH EARNS VOLNEY MEECE SCHOLARSHIP
 
Jack Caywood, a senior at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan., was named Thursday as the 12th winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship.
 
The scholarship is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America and named for the late Volney Meece. Meece served 22 years as the FWAA\‘s executive director and was the organization\‘s president in 1971.
 
· Complete Volney Meece scholarship release
 

For more information on the FWAA and its awards programs, contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or tigerfwaa@aol.com).

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Keywords · Football Writers Association of America · Aon Insurance · Schutt Sports


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