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Special Photo/Ball State University Athletics Former Alexander High standout and current Ball State wide receiver Justin Hall has been named to the Football Writers Association of American Freshman All-American team.

Former Alexander record-setting wide receiver Justin Hall has been named to the Football Writers Association of America freshman All-American team, which was released earlier this week.

As a starter at Ball State University in Indiana, Hall was one of the top receivers in the country.

This is the second All-American, and third postseason team that Hall has been named to following the Cardinals’ season. In December, he was named to the ESPN.com’s Freshman All-American team. Hall was the only player from the Mid-American Conference to make the list.

Hall made the All-Mid-American Conference second team, becoming the first first Ball State freshman to earn either first of second team All-MAC honors since the 2005 season.

This past season, the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder led all true freshmen in the nation in receptions with 78 and receiving yards with 801. He ranked 10th among all players in the nation in receptions.

Hall led the Cardinals in receptions in 11 of 12 games, and posted season highs in reception (13) and yard (121) at Western Michigan on Sept. 30.

A 13-person panel of nationally prominent college football experts represented each of the NCAA Division I FBS conferences and independents in the selecting the 2017 FWAA freshman All-America team, which consists of just 30 student-athletes (20 true freshmen and 10 redshirt  freshmen).

Locally, Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin III was named to the team. The South Carolina native led all NCAA Div. I FBS true freshmen, ranking 16th overall nationally and second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in punting at 44.1 yards per punt.

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to Southeastern Conference championship, was named to the team. Fromm, from Houston County, was the SEC Freshman of  the Year. Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas was also on the All-American team.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley was named the First-Year Head Coach of the Year by the organization.

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