Georgia defensive snaps leader Malaki Starks and sacks leader Mykel Williams make FWAA Freshman All-American

ATHENS, Ga. — Kirby Smart continues to develop and utilize young talent at Georgia as well as any coach in the nation, placing two plays on the FWAA Freshman All-American Team sponsored by Chris Doering Mortgage.

Safety Malaki Starks and defensive end Mykel Williams both made the 32-member team which was announced on Thursday.

Starks led all Georgia defenders with 847 snaps played this season and finished third on the team with 68 tackles, starting all 15 games for the CFP Champion Bulldogs.

Starks’ 7 pass break-ups also tied for the team lead, and he had two of UGA’s 15 interceptions.

Williams led Georgia with 4.5 sacks and 30 quarterback pressures, and he was second among Georgia defensive linemen with 410 snaps played.

The selection of Starks and Williams marks the first time since 2018 that UGA had multiple players on the FWAA Freshman All-American Team.

That was a season that saw future first-round NFL Draft picks Jordan Davis and Isaiah Wilson make the team, along with Cade Mays.

Bulldogs’ sophomore tight end Brock Bowers became the first Georgia player to win the FWAA Freshman of the Year last year.

Georgia players who have made the FWAA Freshman All-American Team since its inception in 2001:

PK Rodrigo Blankenship, 2016

QB Jake Fromm, 2017

OL Andrew Thomas, 2017

OL Isaiah Wilson, 2018

OL Cade Mays, 2018

DL Jordan Davis, 2018

OLB Azeez Ojulari, 2019

OT Warren McClendon, 2020

TE Brock Bowers, 2021

SS Malaki Starks, 2022

EN Mykel Williams, 2022

The complete 2022 FWAA Freshman All America Team:


QB Drake MayeNorth Carolina (6-4, 220, Huntersville, NC)• RB Quinshon JudkinsOle Miss (5-11, 210, Pike Road, Ala.)• RB Richard ReeseBaylor (5-9, 175, Bellville, TX)WR Jared BrownCoastal Carolina (6-0, 185, Lilburn, Ga.)• WR Evan StewartTexas A&M (5-11, 170, Frisco, TX)WR J. Michael SturdivantCal (6-3, 205, Highland Village, Texas)TE Brady HuntBall State (6-6, 245, Muncie, Ind.)• OL Kelvin Banks Jr.Texas (6-4, 320, Humble, Texas)• OL Will CampbellLSU (6-6, 325, Monroe, La.)• OL Blake MillerClemson (6-6, 315, Strongsville, Ohio)OL Mason RandolphBoise State (6-4, 320, Yorba Linda, Calif.)OL Roger RosengartenWashington (6-6, 303, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)• OL Jonah SavaiinaeaArizona (6-5, 330, Tafuna, American Samoa)


DL Dontay CorleoneCincinnati (6-2, 320, Cincinnati, Ohio)• DL Gabe JacasIllinois (6-3, 265, Port St. Lucie, Fla.)• DL Deone WalkerKentucky (6-6, 330, Detroit, Mich.)• DL Mykel WilliamsGeorgia (6-5, 265, Columbus, Ga.)• LB Jaishawn BarhamMaryland (6-3, 230, District Heights, Md.)• LB Abdul CarterPenn State (6-3, 233, Philadelphia, Pa.)LB Trey MooreUTSA (6-3, 230, San Antonio, TX)• LB Harold Perkins Jr.LSU (6-2, 220, New Orleans, La.) DB Terrion ArnoldAlabama (6-0, 188, Tallahassee, Fla.)DB Kendal DanielsOklahoma State (6-4, 205, Beggs, Okla.)• DB Mansoor DelaneVirginia Tech (6-1, 177, Silver Spring, Md.)DB Demetrius HillFIU (6-2, 190, Miami, Fla.)• DB Benjamin MorrisonNotre Dame (6-0, 179, Phoenix, Ariz.)• DB Malaki StarksGeorgia (6-1, 205, Jefferson, Ga.)


• K Dominic ZvadaArkansas State (6-2, 155, Chandler, Ariz.)• P. Anthony VenneriBuffalo (6-0, 225, Hamilton, Ontario)• KR Jaylin LucasIndiana (5-9, 185, Houma, La.)• PR Zavion ThomasMississippi State (5-11, 190, Woodmere, La.)• AP Nicholas SingletonPenn State (6-0, 219, Shillington, Pa.)

Denotes true freshman

Selections by conference: SEC 9, Big Ten 5, ACC 3, Pac-12 3, Big 12 3, Conference USA 2, Mid-American 2, Sun Belt 2, Independents 1, American Athletic 1, Mountain West 1.

Home states: Texas 5, Louisiana 4, georgia 3, Florida 3, Arizona 2, Maryland 2, Ohio 2, Pennsylvania 2, Alabama, California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma State 1, and American Samoa and Ontario 1.

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Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers and key executives in all areas of college football. The FWAA works to govern media access and gameday operations while presenting awards and honors, including an annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its programs and initiatives, contact Executive Director Steve Richardson at (214) 870-6516 or

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