Houston true freshman safety Trevon Stewart has been named to the Sporting News’ 2012 Freshman All-American Team.
Head coach Tony Levine sung the praises of Stewart all season long. He was impressive in training camp and Levine just wanted to get the playmaker on the field. Stewart became the starting free safety in the third game of the season and went on to 10 consecutive starts.
Stewart led all freshmen nationally with 126 tackles, which also ranked 13th regardless of class and was the second-best tackle total of all defensive backs nationally. He also had six games with at least 10 tackles, including a career-high 21 at East Carolina, seven pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss and one interception on the season. He was one of two Conference USA players named to the team, joined by Marshall defensive back D.J. Hunter.
Other area college players to make the Sporting News’ 2012 All-American Team were Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and TCU defensive lineman Devonte Fields and punter Ethan Perry.