Yep. Another day, another honor for Rondale Moore. This morning CBS Sports released its College Football Awards for 2018 and our own Rondale Moore was named the National Freshman of the Year:
Moore’s ability to stop and start on a dime allowed coach Jeff Brohm to get him integrated into the offense in a variety of ways early in the season, and Brohm was able to expand Moore’s role throughout they year. As a true freshman, Moore was one of seven players chosen as a unanimous first-team All-America selection by CBS Sports on Tuesday. Only contested by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence for this honor, Moore stood out as our 2018 CBS Sports Freshman of the Year. -- Barrett Sallee
As you can see, he picked up another First Team All-America nod from CBS Sports as well. Unfortunately, he will just miss out on being named a consensus All-American. Gold and Black Illustrated pointed out last night that, had he been named a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association he would have become the first freshman in Big Ten history to be a Consensus All-American. Unfortunately, he did not make the first or second team. That means he was named as the following from the five major services that are used for Consensus and Unanimous All-America status (you need three First Team nods for Consensus):
Associated Press - First Team
Walter Camp Football Foundation - Not Named
The Sporting News - Second Team
Football Writer’s Association of America - First Team
American Football Coaches Association - Not Named
Not a bad year for him. He has also been named as an ESPN and CBS Sports First Team All-American.
UPDATE: It turns out that Rondale was named as a consensus All-American. He joined Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt as the first freshmen to be named consensus All-Americans since Adrian Peterson was at Oklahoma. He is the first Big Ten freshman EVER named as a consensus All-American.
On Wednesday, the Purdue football sensation became the first true freshman consensus All-American in the country since Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson in 2004 and the first Big Ten Conference freshman (true or redshirt) so recognized since freshmen became eligible in 1972.
Moore was a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America and a second-team selection as an athlete by the Sporting News. He also garnered All-America honors from CBS Sports, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.
Moore became the first non-junior or senior Purdue player to earn first-team All-American honors, first by any Boilermaker since defensive end Ryan Kerrigan in 2010 and the 21st consensus All-American in school history (including Leroy Keyes twice).
Apparently since he was named a Second Team All-American the Sporting news the NCAA could grant him consensus status via a tiebreaker.
Such a mind-boggling fact... Rondale Moore is only the third freshman to be a consensus All-American in the history of college football. The other two? Herschel Walker and Adrian Peterson. That's good company.— Dan Bolsen (@DanBolsen) December 13, 2018