University of Louisville true freshman linebacker Dorian Etheridge was named to ESPN.com’s Freshman All-America team on Tuesday.

The honor is the first for Etheridge, who started every game for the Cardinals – the first UofL true freshman to start at linebacker since James Burgess in 2012.

Etheridge led the Cardinals in tackles with 77 and recovered one fumble in his first season at the collegiate level.

The native of Charlestown, W. Va., recorded a pair of double-digit tackle games, registering a career-best 14 tackles against Boston College and 11 in a home victory over Syracuse. He was credited with eight or more tackles in five contests, totaling eight in a dominating win close the regular season against Kentucky.

The Cardinals will have an opportunity to win their ninth game for the fifth time in six seasons when they play Mississippi State in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. The nationally televised game will kick off at noon on ESPN.

by Rocco Gasparro