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NM State’s Devin Richardson Awarded Freshman All-American

Richardson becomes the first Aggie Freshman to be given the huge honor.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 New Mexico State at Washington State
Richardson (3) attempts to make a tackle earlier in the season.
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The Football Writers Association of America, a collection of over 1,400 journalists, broadcasters, publishers and executives who cover college football, named New Mexico State’s Devin Richardson to the Freshman All-American Team earlier this week.

Richardson is the first Aggie freshman to ever receive the honor, which comes from the premier college football association (at least in my mind), and the 18th Aggie overall to be named All-American.

Richardson joins Fredd Young, Jimmy Cottrell and Rodney Butler as the only linebackers to be named All-American while at NM State.

After redshirting in 2018, Richardson earned a starting spot on the defense this season and racked up 69 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles in just 10 games.

He was the only freshman linebacker in the country to force three fumbles this season.

Last year, Jason Huntley was named 4th Team All-American by Phil Steele, giving the Aggies two All Americans in as many years.