ASU DT Amos Draper selected to Phil Steele's Freshman All-America team

JONESBORO (12/15/10) – Phil Steele's college football publication has announced its 2010 Freshman All-America Team, which includes Arkansas State redshirt freshman defensive tackle Amos Draper as a third-team selection.

Draper has now earned a spot on two Freshman All-America Teams, also making's squad as an honorable mention choice.  Draper is the first A-State player to earn Freshman All-America honors since running back Reggie Arnold and kicker Josh Arauco in 2006.

The Tanner, Ala. native played in every game, including three as a starter.  He recorded three sacks that tied the 19th most in the Sun Belt Conference, while also posting 34 tackles that included seven tackles for loss.  Draper's 34 tackles were the third most on the team among interior defensive lineman, finishing behind only All-Sun Belt Conference selections Bryan Hall and Dorvus Woods.

Draper was also responsible for two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that he returned 35 yards in ASU's victory over Middle Tennessee.  He tallied multiple tackles in six games, including a career-high seven against Navy, and posted a career-high three tackles for loss against Troy.

Draper was one of five Sun Belt Conference players named to Phil Steele's Freshman All-America Team, joining Western Kentucky's Tyree Robinson (3rd Team) and Willie McNeal (5th Team), Florida Atlantic's Cory Henry (4th Team) and Troy's Corey Robinson (5th Team).