McCrane Named FWAA Freshman All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State place kicker Matthew McCrane was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team after a stellar 2014 campaign as the organization announced its 14th annual squad comprised of 30 offensive, defensive and special teams performers.

McCrane is the first Wildcat to earn Freshman All-America honors since 2011 when center B.J. Finney and kick returner Tyler Lockett were honored. He is one of five Big 12 players named to this year's team, joining Baylor's KD Cannon and Taylor Young, Iowa State's Kamari Cotton-Moya and Oklahoma's Samaje Perine.

A redshirt freshman, McCrane took over kicking duties in the fourth game of the year and ended the regular season connecting on 18-of-19 attempts, including all 11 from 30 yards or longer. His 94.7-percent conversion rate ranked tops nationally this season and second in school history, while his 18 field goals rank fifth in K-State history.

McCrane shattered the K-State freshman record for points scored in a season with 95, nearly 40 points more than Martin Gramatica's previous record of 56 in 1994. He also made both of his field goals from 50 yards or longer, becoming the first Wildcat freshman kicker to connect on at least two in a season.

The Brownwood, Texas, native was also an All-Big 12 selection and has earned numerous All-America accolades from the likes of Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Phil Steele following his 2014 campaign.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.