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2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - OGs
Colorado OG Ryan Miller
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Posted Aug 11, 2011


CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Offensive Guards



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All-Americans & Top 30 Players


2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

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CFN 2011 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

1. Barrett Jones, Jr. Alabama (OT)
While he’s the No. 1 ranked guard, he might end up taking over for James Carpenter at tackle. At 6-5 and 311 pounds he has excellent size, and he has the talent to earn all-star honors on the inside, but the feet are there to become a killer tackle over the next few years if he can stay healthy after having problems with an ankle injury late last year. Always going full-tilt, he has the motor and the smarts to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

2. David DeCastro, Jr. Stanford
DeCastro returns for his third season as a starter. He elevated the level of his play a year ago, routinely dominating his man with superior strength, fundamentals, and footwork. At 6-5 and 307 pounds, he moves extremely well and has an enticing enough package of skills to consider early entry into the 2012 NFL Draft.

CFN 2011 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

3. Ryan Miller, Sr. Colorado
With the departure of Nate Solder, the 6-8, 310-pound Miller will take over as the anchor of the front wall. The senior has been a starter since his first year on campus, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention in 2010. One of the program’s strongest and most durable players, he has played on every offensive snap over the past two years spanning 1,876 plays.

4. Brandon Washington, Jr. Miami
The star of the offensive line is the 6-4, 320-pound Washington, who’s on his way to becoming the best Miami blocker since Bryant McKinnie was on campus. Living up to the hype of being a 2009 blue-chipper, he took off last year, earning a spot on the All-ACC first team. Powerful, yet surprisingly light on his feet, it’d qualify as an upset if he doesn’t declare early for the NFL Draft at the end this season.

CFN 2011 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

5. Cordy Glenn, Sr. Georgia
Glenn will start at left tackle in what should be a salary drive. At 6-5 and 348 pounds he has tremendous size, bulking up a bit this offseason, after starting every game at left guard. He saw time at tackle a few years ago and was solid, and while his NFL future is probably on the inside or at right tackle, and he could end up starting the season on the right side. With tremendous strength to go along with his size, he’s going to be a bulldozer to run behind on key plays, but he’s not at his best when he has to get on the move.

6. Ken Plue, Sr. Purdue
The 6-7, 358-pound Plue is the earth mover up front for the Boilermakers. A fixture at right guard, he has been an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten performer over the last few seasons and is starting to live up to the billing coming out of high school. A superstar prospect a few years ago, he’s not all that athletic and he’s still working on becoming a more complete blocker, but he’s a good, experienced anchor to work around.

BEST OF THE REST

7. James Wilson, Sr. Florida
The 6-4, 324-pound Wilson started four times at right guard two years ago and will get a shot at the left side this year. One of the team’s biggest blockers, he has the bulk and the experience to be a blaster for the ground game, but he has to get past the knee injury that kept him out from most of last season.

8. Larry Warford, Jr. Kentucky
The biggest lineman on a good Wildcat line is the 6-3, 340-pound Warford, who ended up earning Second Team All-SEC honors after leading the team in knockdown blocks and serving as the team’s most impressive run blocker. While it might not seem like a big deal to have a killer of a blocker at right guard, he became a key providing the bulk to an athletic front five. He’s a huge hitter with surprising quickness.

9. Joel Foreman, Sr. Michigan State
The one sure-thing starter up front for the Spartan O line is the veteran left guard, a 36-game starter who was a rock throughout last year, but he was banged up and out this offseason with wrist and ankle injuries. He was one of only two returning starters to the offensive front last year and he was just good enough to earn Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors. The 6-4, 310-pounder is the anchor, but he first has to get to 100% and he has to be even better as the one the running game will work around.

10. Rokevious Watkins, Sr. South Carolina
Watkins, a former JUCO transfer, is a solid, veteran right guard, but he’ll start out the year working at right tackle while also serving as the team’s top back up at left tackle. The 6-4, 344-pound senior got past a shoulder problem to be one of the team’s best blockers, but he has to keep his weight in check and he needs to stay healthy. He’ll be backed up by 6-6, 282-pound redshirt freshman Cody Gibson, who’ll get the first look at the job after growing into his frame. He’s just scratching the surface on his potential and could turn into a fixture for the next four years.

11. Trevor Robinson, Sr. Notre Dame
12. Omoregie Uzzi, Jr. Georgia Tech
13. Jaymes Brooks, Sr. Virginia Tech
14. Jonathan Cooper, Jr. North Carolina
15. Kyle Wilborn, Jr. Troy
16. JerQuari Schofield, Soph Tennessee
17. Adam Gettis, Sr. Iowa
18. A.J. Wallerstein, Sr. Air Force
19. Kyle Fischer, Sr. Vanderbilt
20. Jeremiah Warren, Sr. South Florida
21. Stephen Good, Sr. Oklahoma
22. Chris Thompson, Sr. Houston
23. Joe Looney, Sr. Wake Forest
24. Lucas Nix, Sr. Pitt
25. Braden Hansen, Jr. BYU
26. C.J. Wood, Sr. Marshall
27. Alvin Bailey, Soph. Arkansas
28. Lonnie Edwards, Sr. Texas Tech
29. Art Forst, Sr. Rutgers
30. Michael Phillipp, Jr. Oregon State

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners