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Herd's Williams named FWAA All-American

MU football
Jan. 07, 2013 @ 08:01 PM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall punter Tyler Williams booted up some more accolades for the 2012 season on Monday afternoon.

Williams was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, as announced by the organization.

With the honor, Williams became the first Marshall freshman to receive the nomination since the FWAA started recognizing freshmen in 2001. The FWAA only names a first-team for freshmen.

Last month, Williams was named a Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and he was also recognized as a Ray Guy Award semifinalist — the only punter in Conference USA to be named to the prestigious list.

Conference USA’s 12 league coaches voted his to the All-Freshman Team for his efforts.

With the Herd’s punter spot open in the preseason, Williams emerged for Marshall, averaging 45.19 yards per punt — the ninth-highest average nationally and a Marshall single-season record. He led all freshmen nationally in punting average.

Williams finished the 2012 season with 13 kicks of 50 yards or more while placing 16 inside the 20-yard line. He had another nine kicks that were fair caught to keep his net yardage high throughout the season.

He averaged 50 yards per punt or more in three games this season — a 51.2-yard average against West Virginia in the season-opener, a 50.8-yard average in the win over Rice and a 50.5 average in the season-ending loss to East Carolina.

His season-long was a 66-yard punt in the win over Rice.

It has been a banner year for Marshall freshmen, and Williams has been one of the mainstays for the Thundering Herd in terms of honors received.

In addition to Williams, the Herd’s D.J. Hunter was named a Freshman All-American by Phil Steele Publications and The Sporting News last month.

Freshman running back Kevin Grooms was also named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year by the league’s 12 coaches.

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