Kansas State defensive back Ty Zimmerman was one of just five Big 12 players named to the 28-member 2010 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team released Monday by the organization.
Zimmerman, who finished the year as the Wildcats’ fourth-leading tackler, was also honored this season as a first team freshman All-American selection by Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele.
A product of Junction City, Kan., Zimmerman was one of K-State’s most consistent defenders during the 2010 season. His 74 tackles this year were just two shy of entering the top-five list for a freshman in school history, while he ranked second among Big 12 freshmen in tackles.
Zimmerman also picked off three passes, including two against Texas, while he returned a punt 41 yards at Colorado, the longest by a Wildcat since 2008.
A Second Team All-Big 12 honoree by the league’s coaches and an honorable mention pick as the conference’s freshman defensive player of the year, Zimmerman was the first true freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors from the league’s coaches.
The FWAA team was selected by a 11-person panel of nationally-prominent football writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team.