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CONCORD – Cody Cline has added another layer of success to what had already been a stellar freshman season of college football.

The former Cox Mill High School standout – and Charleston Southern University defensive back – was chosen as a first-team selection to the 2019 HERO Sports Freshman All-American team, the college announced Tuesday.

The latest honor comes on the heels of Cline being named the Big South Football Defensive Freshman of the Year last month.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety led all Big South players in his class by averaging 6.1 tackles per game.

Cline graduated from Cox Mill this past June with a long list of individual and team achievements. Besides being a star on the gridiron, Cline was also a standout basketball player for the Chargers, starting at point guard for back-to-back state championship-winning teams.

Cline earned a starting role with the Buccaneers from the beginning in 2019 and showed he was a player to watch this season by posting seven tackles (six solo) and a pass breakup in the season opener against Furman. He followed up with six more tackles the following week against South Carolina.

Cline came through in big games throughout the season with nine tackles (seven solo) and a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss against North Carolina A&T in CSU's home opener. He added nine more stops in the crosstown rivalry game against The Citadel.

Cline posted his first double-digit tackling effort with the Bucs against Monmouth with 10 tackles and a pass breakup against the Hawks.

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