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UT offensive lineman Zach Shackelford talks to a teammate during the first Spring practice at Denius Fields on Monday March 7, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas center Zach Shackelford named freshman All-American

Posted January 9th, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — Texas center Zach Shackelford was named to the Freshman All-America team by the Football Writers Association of America Monday morning.

Shackelford, a first-year player out of Belton, started nine games for the Longhorns in 2016, including the season-opener against Notre Dame, and helped make junior tailback D’Onta Foreman the leading rusher in college football. He also received honorable mention on the All-Big 12 team.

He becomes the third Longhorn player to be chosen a freshman All-American by the FWAA, joining offensive tackle Connor Williams and linebacker Malik Jefferson who made the 2015 team.

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Other Big 12 selections on this year’s freshman All-America Team are Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill and Kansas State defensive lineman Reggie Walker, a redshirt freshman.

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