2023 Freshman All-American College Football Team and Individual Honors

The CFN Freshman All-American College Football Team celebrates the very best true and redshirt freshman impact-makers in the nation.

Making an impact as a freshman in college football takes a truly special, talented individual. The transition from high school to the collegiate game isn’t as simple as strapping on a different uniform and getting straight to it. In the 2023 college football season, however, we saw a plethora of true and redshirt freshman leave their mark in the most outstanding way.

Introducing the College Football Network Freshman All-American College Football Team and Individual Honors.

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Freshman All-American Football Team Honors for 2023

Follow along with all of the CFN All-Conference teams all the same for individual honors from each conference: FBS All-Americans | ACC | B1G | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC | FBS Ind. | AAC | CUSA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt | HBCU All-Americans

  • Freshman Player of the Year
    Dillon Thieneman, S, Purdue
  • Freshman Offensive Player of the Year
    Kevin “KC” Concepcion, WR, North Carolina State
  • Freshman Defensive Player of the Year
    Dillon Thieneman, S, Purdue
  • Freshman Specialist of the Year Award
    Zachariah Branch, PR, USC

Freshman All-American Offense

  • Freshman Quarterback of the Year
    Jayden Maiava, UNLV
  • Freshman Running Back of the Year
    Jalen Buckey, Western Michigan
  • Freshman Wide Receiver of the Year
    Kevin “KC” Concepcion, North Carolina State
  • Freshman Tight End of the Year
    Luke Hasz, Arkansas
  • Freshman Offensive Tackle of the Year
    Francis Mauigoa, Miami (FL)
  • Freshman Offensive Guard of the Year
    Wes King, Wyoming
  • Freshman Center of the Year
    Parker Brailsford, Washington

Freshman All-American Offense

QB: Jayden Maiava, UNLV
RB: Jalen Buckley, Western Michigan
RB: Jaheim White, West Virginia
WR: Kevin “KC” Concepcion, North Carolina State
WR: Eric Singleton, Georgia Tech
WR: Nic Anderson, Oklahoma
TE: Luke Hasz, Arkansas
FLEX: Zachariah Branch, USC
OT: Spencer Fano, Utah
G: Cayden Green, Oklahoma
C: Parker Brailsford, Washington
G: Wes King, Wyoming
OT: Francis Mauigoa, Miami (FL)

Honorable Mention Freshman All-American Offense

QB: Noah Fifita, Arizona
QB: Anthony Colandrea, Virginia
QB: Josh Hoover, TCU
RB: CJ Baxter, Texas
RB: Makhi Hughes, Tulane
RB: Jai’Den Thomas, UNLV
WR: Chrishon McCray, Kent State
WR: Chris Brazzell, Tulane
WR: Eugene Wilson, Florida
TE: Brett Norfleet, Missouri
TE: Arlis Boardingham, Florida
TE: Jack Endries, Cal
OL: Ethan MacKenny, Georgia Tech
OL: Chase Bisontis, Texas A&M
OL: Harris Sewell, Clemson

Freshman All-American Defense

  • Freshman EDGE Defender of the Year
    Reuben Bain, Miami (FL)
  • Freshman Interior Defender of the Year
    Peter Woods, Clemson
  • Freshman Linebacker of the Year
    Anthony Hill Jr., Texas
  • Freshman Cornerback of the Year
    D’Angelo Ponds, James Madison
  • Freshman Safety of the Year
    Dillon Thieneman, Purdue

Freshman All-American Defense

EDGE: TJ Parker, Clemson
EDGE: Reuben Bain, Miami (FL)
DT: Peter Woods, Clemson
DT: John Walker, UCF
LB: Anthony Hill Jr., Texas
LB: Suntarine Perkins, Ole Miss
LB: Kam Robinson, Virginia
CB: D’Angelo Ponds, James Madison
CB: Jermaine Matthews Jr., Ohio State
CB: Raion Strader, Miami (OH)
S: Caleb Downs, Alabama
S: Dillon Thieneman, Purdue
FLEX: Cade Uluave, Cal

Honorable Mention Freshman All-American Defense

EDGE: Nate Johnson, Appalachian State
EDGE: Owen Pewee, UTSA
EDGE: Cameron Lenhardt, Nebraska
DT: Anthony Holmes, Houston
DT: Keanu Tanuvasa, Utah
DT: Paul Oyewale, TCU
LB: Taurean York, Texas A&M
LB: Ben Roberts, Texas Tech
LB: Jordan Hall, Michigan State
CB: Daiquan White, Eastern Michigan
CB: Jaylon Braxton, Arkansas
CB: Jermod McCoy, Oregon State
S: Peyton Bowen, Oklahoma
S: Jordan Castell, Florida
S: Cameron Epps, Oklahoma State

Freshman All-American Special Teams

  • Freshman Kicker of the Year
    Alex McPherson, Auburn
  • Freshman Punter of the Year
    Ryan Eckley, Michigan State
  • Freshman Specialist of the Year
    Zachariah Branch, PR, USC

Kicker: Alex McPherson, Auburn
Kickoff Specialist: Robert Gunn III, Clemson
Punter: Ryan Eckley, Michigan State
Kick Returner: DeAndre Buchannon, Georgia Southern
Punt Returner: Zachariah Branch, USC
Long Snapper:
Brett Le Blanc, Missouri

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