Though best known for its offensive output this season, the 3 players the Pac-12 Conference landed the 247 Sports True Freshman All-American team are all on the defensive side of the ball.
Arizona linebackers Tony Fields II and Colin Schooler and Oregon defensive lineman Jordon Scott were the league’s selections, and based on their recruiting rankings none were expected to have such an impact in their first college season.
247Sports rated the 6’0”, 226-pound Schooler as the best of the trio, at No. 574 overall and No. 24 among defensive tackles. Arizona moved him back one level in the defense and he responded with 88 tackles, including a team-best 13.5 for loss, along with 4 sacks and 2 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown against Washington State.
Schooler’s 13.5 TFL are most among freshmen in FBS.
The 6’1”, 225-pound Fields, rated No. 614 overall by 247Sports and considered the 44th-best athlete, led Arizona with 91 tackles to go with 4 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and 1 interception.
The lowest-rated of the trio was Scott, who was No. 882 overall and rated as the 62nd-best defensive tackle in his class. The 6’1”, 333-pounder registered 30 tackles, 3.5 for loss, with 2 sacks.
Schooler and Fields were among 5 Pac-12 players who also made ESPN’s Freshman All-American team.
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