Rice and Spurrier Honored by FWAA
Sidney Rice
 
Sidney Rice

Jan. 4, 2006

University of South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice has been selected to the fifth annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Scripps Freshman All-America team, it was announced today. In addition, Gamecocks' head coach Steve Spurrier has been selected as the FWAA's top first-year coach.

Rice, a redshirt freshman from Gaffney, S.C., set numerous Carolina records in 2005, including receiving yards (1,143) and touchdown receptions (13) in a season. He also logged a school record six 100-yard receiving games. In addition, the 6-4, 191-pounder recorded 70 pass receptions, the second highest single season total in school history. He capped his freshman campaign with a pair of Independence Bowl records for receptions (12) and receiving yards (191). Rice was previously named to the first team all-SEC by both the Associated Press and the league's coaches, was the National Freshman of the Year by Rivals.com and earned a spot on The Sporting News Freshman All-America squad.

Spurrier earned the honor after leading the Gamecocks to a 7-5 record, including a 5-3 mark in Southeastern Conference action. The season was highlighted by Carolina's first win ever in Knoxville against Tennessee and a win over Florida, the first for the Gamecocks over the Gators since the 1930s. The Gamecocks won a school record five straight SEC contests. Previously, Spurrier had been named the 2005 SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

The team and coach are selected by a group of writers led by FWAA vice-president Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.