Jan. 8, 2010
The Football Writers Association of America named Tennessee offensive tackle Aaron Douglas to its 2009 Freshman All-America Team, sponsored by AON Insurance. The release came during the writers' annual awards breakfast Thursday in Newport Beach, Calif.
Douglas already had been named a Freshman All-America by the Sporting News and was included last month on the Coaches' Freshman All-SEC and Sporting News Freshman All-SEC squads.
The redshirt freshman from Maryville made the move from tight end to tackle during fall camp and earned a starting spot by the season's fourth game. He started the final 10 games of 2009 and next year will be the team's only returning starter on the offensive front.
Douglas had improved his play enough by the year's mid-point to be named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Vols' 56-28 win over Memphis. Douglas was the only freshman to earn the SEC's weekly offensive lineman award.
For the season, Douglas graded at 96 percent on assignments in his 13 games played, with 58 knockdown blocks to rank second on a UT offensive line that featured four seniors.
Douglas was responsible for just three penalties this season, fewer than any other Tennessee offensive line starter, and allowed just 1.5 sacks in 656 regular season plays (bowl stats have not yet been graded by the coaching staff).
The SEC and Pacific-10 each placed five players on the FWAA team. The ACC had four players and the Big East and Big 12 three each. No other conference had more than two players. Of the 28 players honored, the team was exactly split between true freshmen and redshirt freshmen.
See the entire 2009 FWAA team here.