Dec. 15, 2000
Seattle - Washington tailback Rich Alexis has been named to the Football News Freshman All-America team. As a true freshman, Alexis led the Huskies with 738 rushing yards. His total set a UW school record for rushing yards by a freshman. Alexis accomplished the mark despite not starting until the seventh game of the season. He also scored nine touchdowns, the most ever by a Washington true freshman.
Alexis helped the Huskies to lead the Pac-10 Conference in rushing and finish 16th nationally with a team average of 211.7 yards per game. His per carry rushing average of 6.3 yards per rush was the second best mark in school history, trailing only Napoleon Kaufman's average of 6.5 yards per carry in 1992.
Alexis had an 86-yard scoring run against Arizona State that ranks as the sixth longest in UW history, the longest rush by a Husky freshman and the longest rush by a Pac-10 running back this season.
Alexis is a native of Coral Springs, Fla. where he attended Pope John Paul II High School. Earlier this season he was named a second-team freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
Alexis was one of six Pac-10 freshmen honored by The Football News. Also included on the team were USC offensive lineman Lenny Vandermande, California offensive lineman Mark Wilson, Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, Oregon State linebacker Richard Siegler and Arizona defensive back Michael Jolivette.