Freshman safety Su’a Cravens has been named to the College Football News Freshman All-American First Team.
Cravens has had a standout first season for the Trojans. He snatched four interceptions, which was second-best on the team behind Dion Bailey. He also logged 52 tackles and forced two fumbles this year.
The five-star recruit started all but one game in his freshman season. He broke onto the scene with an interception in his very first game as a Trojan against Hawaii and then averaged four tackles per game.
Offensive lineman Chad Wheeler, a redshirt freshman, also earned an honorable mention on CFN’s Freshman All-America Team. Graf started at left tackle this season.
The Trojans have gotten great production out of several freshmen in 2013. On top of Cravens and Wheeler, Justin Davis, Darreus Rogers, Leon McQuay III, Ty Isaac and others have contributed to USC’s nine wins. Those contributions were especially important given USC’s depth concerns.
Despite playing in just seven games before being injured, Davis is second among Trojans in rushing touchdowns. Rogers caught 20 passes for 226 yards and played through injury when USC was thin at receiver. McQuay logged an interception and forced fumble this season.