USC quarterback Kedon Slovis added another accolade as a result of his terrific freshman season, as he was named to the 2019 Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-America Team.
Slovis, the Pac-12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year, finished the season with a 71.9 completion percentage, setting an NCAA record for a freshman in the process. That completion percentage also gave Slovis the USC and Pac-12 single-season record, regardless of class.
Despite missing two and a half games, Slovis threw for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. He threw for multiple touchdowns in every game in which he attempted more than eight passes, and the yards and touchdown numbers were both top-20 marks in the nation.
Slovis was one of two quarterbacks selected to the freshman team, joining North Carolina’s Sam Howell. The Pac-12 had the most freshmen selected to the team, with six.
Oregon and UCLA both had two freshmen named to the team, including two former USC recruiting targets—Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and UCLA offensive tackle Sean Rhyan. Oregon State linebacker Omar Speights, UCLA punt returner Kyle Phillips and Oregon defensive back Verone McKinley III round out the conference contingent.
Slovis is the first USC player named to the FWAA freshman team since quarterback Sam Darnold and head coach Clay Helton were honored on the 2016 team.
Slovis finished the season on the sideline, as he suffered an elbow injury during the Holiday Bowl against Iowa. Diagnosed as just a strain, Slovis was able to avoid having to undergo surgery.