Alabama’s Waddle, Anoma, Mathis and Surtain II named to SEC All-Freshman Team

T.G. Paschal/BamaCentral

Three join wide receiver/punt returner who was was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, linebacker Eyabi Anoma, defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis and defensive back Patrick Surtain II were named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team on Thursday morning.

The team was voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Waddle, who was named the SEC Freshman of the Year on Wednesday, established himself at receiver and on special teams during his debut season with the Crimson Tide. He leads all SEC freshmen in scoring (48 points on eight touchdowns), receptions per game (3.2) and receiving yards per game (61.8).

The Houston, Texas native has 41 receptions for 803 yards to average 19.6 yards per catch with seven touchdown receptions. He has also returned 15 punts for 226 yards and one score with his 15.1 yards per return average ranking second in the SEC.

Surtain II has appeared in all 13 games this season and started the last 10 contests after Trevon Diggs suffered a season-ending foot injury. He has recorded 33 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry, six pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Anoma, who has played in 11 games the season primarily as a pass-rusher, recorded nine tackles, six unassisted stops, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.

Mathis, who has been part of the defensive line rotation, has appeared in all of Alabama's 13 games, with , 16 tackles and a fumble recovery. He posted a season-high four stops against Arkansas State.

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