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2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Cs
Ohio State C Michael Brewster
Ohio State C Michael Brewster
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Posted Aug 11, 2011


CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Centers



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All-Americans & Top 30 Players


2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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CFN 2011 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

1. David Molk, Sr. Michigan
Molk is back for yet another year in the middle after earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. With 29 starts under his belt, the Rimington finalist knows what he’s doing and has grown into a terrific technician. While he’s a pounder for the ground game, he’s great in pass protection as he finally stayed healthy and lived up to all the potential he had as one of the nation’s top center recruits in 2007.

CFN 2011 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

2. Michael Brewster, Sr. Ohio State
Back to anchor the Buckeye line is Brewster, a four-year starter in the middle who has become everything the program was hoping for when he was the second biggest recruit in the 2008 class behind Terrelle Pryor. The Orlando native has 6-5, 293-pound size, 36 games of experience, and the athleticism to be good on the move to go along with his rock-solid technical skills for the ground game. He’ll likely be a second round NFL Draft pick next year.

CFN 2011 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

3. Peter Konz, Jr. Wisconsin
The anchor of the line will be the honorable mention All-Big Ten center, a 6-5, 313-pound junior who started 11 times last year but missed two games with an ankle injury. Very smart, great at making all the line calls, and a dominant run blocker who destroys his man, he’s living up to his billing after coming to the school as a top recruit. If he stays healthy, he’ll be on the short list for the Rimington Award.

BEST OF THE REST

4. Ben Jones, Sr. Georgia
Back at a starting spot is center Ben Jones, a 6-3, 316-pound junior who’s been steady throughout his career. He started 12 games and has been good, and now he has to be great. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors two years ago, and while he didn’t exactly regress last year, he wasn’t the blocker the line needed him to be. When he’s right, he’s built for the middle of the line with toughness, smarts, and all-star potential

5. Mario Benavides, Jr. Louisville
The undisputed leader of the Cardinal front wall will be the 6-4, 300-pound Benavides, the lone returning full-timer. He’s now started 24-of-25 games during his career, displaying outstanding leadership and the strength to create space for the backs and time for the quarterbacks.

6. William Vlachos, Sr. Alabama
Anchoring the veteran line will once again be Vlachos, who stepped into the starting role a few years ago for heart-and-soul blocker Antoine Caldwell and grew into a strong leader up front. With 27 games of starting experience under his belt, the 6-1, 294-pounder knows what he’s doing, is great on the move, and gets terrific leverage.

7. Moe Petrus, Sr. Connecticut
The Huskies are set at the pivot with the 6-2, 293-pound Petrus, a starter in each of the last 39 games. A versatile and heady rock in the middle of the line, he’s everything a coaching staff looks for in a top-notch center. A leader up front, he showed the awareness and athleticism to earn second team All-Big East and finally get the recognition he deserves.

8. Ben Habern, Jr. Oklahoma
Habern stepped in and became a starter for the entire year at center, doing a nice job in place of Jon Cooper. The 6-2, 291-pounder had an ankle problem over his first few seasons, but he was durable throughout last year and led the line with the most time logged in. A fringe all-star, he’s a good talent who’s still growing into the job.

9. Khaled Holmes, Jr. USC
Holmes, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 guard, is moving to center to fill a need. He could be just the right choice. Quick, both physically and intellectually, he’ll bring an element of confidence and stability to the pivot as long as his snaps are clean.

10. Jeremiah Hatch, Sr. Kansas
The key cog on the veteran Jayhawk line should be Hatch, a three-year starter who got the call in every game but one over the last two seasons at center. The 6-3, 332-pound senior might be moved to tackle at some point, after playing on the outside as a freshman, but his size, toughness, and smarts will keep him in the middle as the line’s big anchor.

11. Peters Drew, Jr. Purdue
12. James Ferentz, Jr. Iowa
13. Garth Gerhart, Sr. Arizona State
14. Dalton freeman, Jr. Clemson
15. David Snow, Sr. Texas
16. Philip Blake, Sr. Baylor
17. Graham Pocic, Jr. Illinois
18. T.J. Johnson, Jr. South Carolina
19. Chris Jacobson, Sr. Pitt
20. Scott Wedige, Sr. Northern Illinois
21. Will Matte, Jr. Indiana
22. Terence Brown, Sr. BYU
23. John Palumbo, Sr. Temple
24. Thomas Byrd, Sr. Boise State
25. Kai Maiava, Sr. UCLA
26. Jeff Meads, Sr. Nevada
27. Tevita Stevens, Jr. Utah
28. Ben Bojicic, Sr. Bowling Green
29. Weston Richburg, Soph. Colorado State
30. J.J. Johnson, Sr. North Texas

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