ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico true freshman Dakota Cox has been named to the Freshman All-America Team, the Football Writers Association of America announced Monday.
Cox, a 6-foot, 235-pound true freshman inside linebacker from Draper, Utah, joined the likes of Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston, Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack on the 28-player team.
Cox led the Lobos with 99 tackles in 2013. He became the first freshman to lead UNM in tackles since Blake Irwin in 1994. Cox's 8.2 tackles per game also were the most by any freshman in the Mountain West.
Cox became a starter during the fourth game of the season for the Lobos and averaged 10.3 tackles per game as a starter. He had double-digit tackles in four of his last five games of the season, including a career-high 14 tackles against Colorado State on Nov. 16.
He also led UNM in tackles in seven games last season. Cox is the first Lobo freshman to make the team since former offensive guard and current Tennessee Titans center Robert Turner in 2003.
Cox is one of 21 true freshmen named to the team. The other seven are redshirt freshman.
A 10-person panel of nationally prominent writers, led by Mike Griffith of the MLive Media Group, selects the FWAA Freshman All-America Team.