Onyeali earns freshman All-America honors

Onyeali earns freshman All-America honors

Published Dec. 14, 2010 3:10 p.m. ET

Arizona State defensive end Junior Onyeali of Denver was named first-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews and Rivals.com.

Onyeali was key to a Sun Devil defense that was second in the league and 17th in the nation in rushing defense (120.2 yards per game). He led the Sun Devils and all Pac-10 freshmen with 6.5 sacks for a loss of 61 yards. Of his 18 stops this season, 11.5 were for loss.

Last week Onyeali was selected as the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Freshman Of The Year by the league's coaches. Arizona State claimed back-to-back honors as linebacker Vontaze Burfict was honored last season as the Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Arizona defensive tackle Justin Washington, USC receiver Robert Woods and Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson were the other Pac-10 players to earn first-team honors on the CollegeFootballNews team.