Sooners freshman CeeDee Lamb earned a Freshman All-America team nod from ESPN after dazzling in his first year in Norman, Oklahoma.
Before the year, Oklahoma’s depth at receiver was questioned, but the 6-foot-1 Richmond, Texas, native handled the pressure with ease. Heading into the postseason, Lamb is the team’s third-leading receiver with 741 yards via 40 receptions, and he has 7 touchdown receptions, the second most of any player on the team.
“His 18.5 yards per reception ranked seventh nationally among players with at least 40 grabs, and was tops among freshmen,” ESPN’s David M. Hale wrote. “He led all Power 5 true freshmen in receiving with 741 yards and had at least 50 yards receiving in eight of 13 games this season.”
Lamb was injured against Iowa State on Oct. 7, limiting the receiver to 6 catches over a three-week span that included Iowa State, Texas and Kansas State. But once he was fully healthy against Texas Tech on Oct. 28, Lamb had the best game of his career so far with 147 yards receiving on 9 receptions and scored 2 touchdowns.
Despite earning the ESPN Freshman All-America selection, Lamb was not named one of the Big 12’s co-Offensive Freshman Player of the Years, which wen to Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer and TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor.
Lamb can at least take solace in having the opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff when Oklahoma faces Georgia at the Rose Bowl semifinal site on Jan. 1, 2018.
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