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2010 CFN All-Sophomore Team

Arkansas RB Knile Davis

It was another phenomenal year for sophomores. Who were the best second year players in college football this season? The skill position players also will have their say on the All-America teams, led by Heisman-finalists Andrew Luck and LaMichael James, and Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon. Check out the 2010 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team.

2010 All-Sophomore Team

Offense
 

CFN All-Freshman Teams
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- 2010 CFN Freshman All-America Offense & Defense & Special Teams  
- 2009 CFN Sophomore All-America Offense & Defense

Write-ups By Richard Cirminiello  

- 2010 CFN Sophomore All-America Defense & Special Teams  

Offensive Sophomore of the Year: RB LaMichael James, Oregon

First Team

QB Andrew Luck , Stanford – Arguably the nation's best quarterback, by NFL standards, Luck became the focal point of the Cardinal offense and led the team to the Orange Bowl. The nation's seventh-rated passer and a terrific all-around player, he's thrown for 28 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards, while displaying unexpected running ability and getting picked off only seven times.

RB LaMichael James, Oregon – Authoring a perfect encore to his breakout freshman season, James enters the postseason as the nation's leading rusher. As the catalyst for the explosive Duck running game, he's rushed for 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns on 281 carries. A threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball, he's been an ideal fit for an offense that looks for ways to get his speed out into space.

RB Knile Davis , Arkansas – At the beginning of the season, the Hogs had no clear-cut starter. By October, Davis had changed that situation. One of the country's most prolific runners over the second half, he's rushed for 1,183 yards and 13 touchdowns, including at least 100 yards in five of the last six games. The perfect complement to QB Ryan Mallett, he could become a household name in 2011.

WR Justin Blackmon , Oklahoma State – Blackmon didn't just step out of Dez Bryant's shadow in 2010. He cast his own over every other wide receiver in the country. An All-American and a next-level playmaker on the outside, he missed a game, yet still caught 102 balls for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns. Almost unstoppable on the deep ball, he already looks to have outgrown this level of competition.

WR Alshon Jeffery , South Carolina – One of America's premier receivers, regardless of class, Jeffery has evolved into a game-breaker for the Gamecocks. A physically imposing player All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist, he leads the SEC with 79 receptions for 1,387 yards and nine touchdowns. In back-to-back games with Auburn and Alabama, he pulled down 15 balls for 319 yards and four scores.

TE Orson Charles , Georgia – While a little underutilized in the first half of the season, Charles remains a dangerous weapon and an improving blocker. Built more like an H-back in the mold of a Shannon Sharpe, he has 24 receptions for 403 yards and two touchdowns, peaking with a career game against Florida. If he gets more looks from Aaron Murray, his production is capable of rising significantly.

OL David DeCastro , Stanford – A cornerstone on the Farm, DeCastro is a second-year starter on one of the nation's toughest offensive lines. An outstanding north-south run blocker, he helped pave the way for RB Stepfan Taylor and did his part for a unit that's yielded only five sacks through 12 games.

OL Brandon Washington , Miami – While it won't get as much attention as it warrants, Washington was one of the breakout stars for the ‘Canes in 2010. The guard graded out at 93% for the season, and had 51 pancakes and 11 lumberjacks for mauling his man. A two-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, he's a 6-4, 330-pounder who'll starting getting looks from NFL scouts in 2011.

OL Barrett Jones , Alabama – A November ankle injury aside, Jones has had a terrific encore to a Freshman All-America debut. One of the hardest workers and brightest kids on the Alabama roster, he pulls in a hurry from his right guard position and will maintain his blocks to the second level and beyond.

OL Carson York , Oregon – A two-year starter at guard on one of the nation's premier offensive lines, he's a particularly strong run blocker. A good athlete, like the rest of his Duck linemates, he can quickly get out of his stance, pick up a head of steam, and lay out a linebacker at the second level.

OL Riley Reiff , Iowa – Reiff is making the steady climb that could eventually land him in an NFL uniform. The starter at left tackle, with a chance to be the Hawkeyes' next big-time lineman, he's been a full-timer since the beginning of last season, showing quick feet and the upper body strength to stand up some of the Big Ten's better pass rushers.

Second Team

QB Darron Thomas , Oregon

RB Edwin Baker , Michigan State
RB Stepfan Taylor , Stanford

WR T.J. Moe , Missouri
WR Roy Roundtree , Michigan

TE Lucas Reed , New Mexico

OL Peter Konz , Wisconsin
OL T.J. Johnson , South Carolina
OL Jonathan Martin , Stanford
OL Larry Warford , Kentucky
OL Chris Barker , Nevada

Honorable Mention

QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Robert Griffin, Baylor;, Matt Barkley, USC; Alex Carder, Western Michigan; Geno Smith, West Virginia; Kyle Padron, SMU; Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State

RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin; Trent Richardson, Alabama; Ed Wesley, TCU; Onterio McCalebb, Auburn; Zach Line, SMU; Robbie Rouse, Fresno State; Johnathan Franklin, UCLA; Rex Burkhead, Nebraska; Jared Hassin, Army; Adam Robinson, Iowa; Washaun Ealey, Georgia; Sam McGuffie, Rice; Chris Polk, Washington

WR: Conner Vernon, Duke; Ryan Swope, Texas A&M; DeVonte Christopher, Utah; Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Josh Gordon, Baylor; Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas; Allen Muse, Arkansas State; Tyshon Goode, Kent State; Vance McDonald, Rice; Eric Page, Toledo; Mark Harrison, Rutgers; Cody Wilson, Central Michigan

TE: Dwayne Allen, Clemson; Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame; Chris Pantale, Boston College; Luke Wilson, Rice

OL: Michael Phillip, Oregon State; Chance Warmack, Alabama; Ivory Wade, Baylor; Patrick Omameh, Michigan; Braden Hansen, BYU; Graham Pocic, Illinois; Peters Drey, Purdue; Ben Habern, Oklahoma; Dalton Freeman, Clemson; Adam Masters, Connecticut; Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech; Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin; Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State; Mario Benavides, Louisville; Alex Hurst, LSU; LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech; Matt Kalil, USC

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