Dec. 15, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Houston true freshman running back Bryce Beall was named Second-Team, Freshman All-America by College Football News, as it was announced online at www.cfn.scout.com.
Named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year last week, Beall set a Houston record for rushing yards by a freshman, rushing for a team-high 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns for the 7-5 Cougars. Beall also added 30 receptions for 404 yards and four scores, topped 100 yards rushing five times and finished the regular season with 96 points to pace UH.
Beall also was named to Honorable Mention, All-C-USA and was selected Conference USA All-Freshman.
Joining Beall on the post-season CFN accolades list is sophomore quarterback Case Keenum, redshirt freshman wide receiver Tyron Carrier and true freshman linebacker Marcus McGraw. Keenum was named to Honorable Mention, Sophomore All-America after leading the nation in total offense (416.1 ypg.) and passing yards (397.33 ypg.) and was second in touchdown passes (43) behind Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma.
Keenum has passed for more than 300 yards in every game this season and was named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year last week. The 2007 C-USA Freshman of the Year has completed 67 percent of his passes (375-of-556) and is averaging 397.3 yards per game.
With Keenum at the controls, the Cougars lead the FBS in total offense at 575.1 yards per game, while averaging 41.7 points per game. His efforts have led Houston to its fourth straight bowl game and fifth in the last six seasons.
Carrier has proved he is more than a track guy, establishing UH freshman records in both receptions (75) and receiving yards (977), and he is attempting to become the first freshman in Cougar history to reach 1,000 yards receiving. Carrier also returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown against Tulsa and ended the evening with almost 300 all-purpose yards.
Starting as a true freshman at linebacker, McGraw exhibited the linebacker skills sought after by first-year head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff. McGraw started all 12 games and is second on the team in tackles with 88 stops, including 35 unassisted, 5.5 for losses and five pass break-ups.
The Cougars return to action on Dec. 31, traveling to Fort Worth to face Air Force in a rematch in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Kickoff is slated for 11 am and will be broadcast on ESPN.