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MTSU receiver Ty Lee was named a freshman All-American on Monday. MTSU Athletic Communications photo

MTSU freshman wide receiver Ty Lee had a remarkable season on the field and his hard work has been rewarded with an inclusion on the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Team.

It marks the second straight season the Blue Raiders have had a wide receiver named to the Freshman All-American team. Current redshirt sophomore Richie James was named to the squad in 2016. Middle Tennessee has had three freshmen All-Americans in the past two seasons. Quarterback Brent Stockstill also was honored by making the team last season.

Lee, who was also voted to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and an honorable mention for the All-C-USA team, played in all 13 games and had 11 starts for MTSU. He led the nation's freshmen with 63 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns, and his 699 yards were fifth among the country's first-year players. He was second on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns and third in receptions.

Lee wasn't pegged as a starter prior to the season, but injuries along the wide receiver corps thrust him into the starting lineup for the first game of the year against Alabama A&M, where he caught four passes for 42 yards. His first receiving touchdown would come a week later at Vanderbilt.

"Ty stepped up and had a great season for our football team," MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said. "Ty worked hard and prepared himself for an opportunity. When the opportunity came and his number was called, Ty was ready because he had worked hard to prepare himself to help our team."

Lee twice eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, including in his best outing of the season on Christmas Eve in the Blue Raiders' Hawai'i Bowl defeat to Hawaii in which he caught 10 passes for 100 yards and two TDs.

One other Conference USA freshman, UTSA LB Josiah Tauaefa , made the FWAA Freshman All-American team. Thirty schools are represented on the 34-man team, with Ohio State getting the most inclusions with three. Georgia and Florida also had multiple players awarded.


QB Sam Darnold, USC

RB Mike Weber, Ohio State

RB Benny Snell, Kentucky

RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

WR Ammon Richards, Miami

WR Demetrius Robinson, California

WR Ty Lee, Middle Tennessee

TE Isaac Nautta, Georgia

OL Michael Jordan, Ohio State

OL Jawaan Taylor, Florida

OL Ryan Bates, Penn State

OL Thomas Shoaf, BYU

OL Ben Bredeson, Michigan

OL Zach Shackleford, Texas

AP Donnie Corley, Michigan State


DL Ed Oliver, Houston

DL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

DL Brian Burns, Florida State

DL Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State

DL Reggie Walker, Kansas State

LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming

LB Troy Dye, Oregon

LB Leo Lewis, Mississippi State

LB Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA

LB David Reese, Florida

DB Xavier Crawford, Oregon State

DB Javon Hagan, Ohio

DB Taylor Rapp, Washington

DB Jessie Bates, Wake Forest

DB Clifton Duck, Appalachian State

Special Teams

K Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

P Tom Sheldon, North Carolina

KR Tony Pollard, Memphis

PR Malik McGue, Army

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