BYU offensive tackle Thomas Shoaf has been named to the Football Writer’s Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Team. CBS Sport’s Dennis Dodd tweeted a picture of the list Monday morning:
Three FWAA freshman All-Americans participated in the CFP. pic.twitter.com/wesKq7M6Uz— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 9, 2017
Shoaf played in 11 of BYU’s 13 games this year and started in 9 of them. He beat out Austin Hoyt for the starting right tackle position after Junior Ului Lapuaho went down versus Utah with a season-ending injury.
Shoaf redshirted during the 2013 season before serving an LDS mission in Hawaii. He returned from his mission in January 2016.
Shoaf is part of a BYU offensive line that could be one of its best and deepest in years next season. SUU transfer Andrew Eide is the lone starter that BYU loses. In additon to returning 4 of 5 starters, BYU returns Ului Lapuaho from injury (who is expected to receive a medical redshirt), Junior College transfer John Vaka, and former 4-star recruit Kieffer Longson.
Center Tejan Koroma was the last BYU player to be named to the FWAA Freshman All-American Team.
With three years left and now a full offseason to fully prepare and condition, BYU fans should expect big things from Shoaf for the remainder of his BYU career.