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2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Kicker
Georgia PK Blair Walsh
Georgia PK Blair Walsh
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 12, 2011


CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Kickers



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2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.

CFN 2011 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

1. Danny Hrapmann, Sr. Southern Miss
Hrapmann ended up being a revelation for Southern Miss. A former transfer from Southeastern Louisiana, he nailed 26-of-31 field goals, including 2-of-3 from beyond 50 yards, to earn All-America honors. He also handled kickoffs and averaged 43 yards on five impromptu punts.

CFN 2011 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

2. Grant Ressel, Sr. Missouri
The Tigers have one of the nation’s best weapons is Ressel, who nailed 26-of-27 field goals in 2009 and connected on 17-of-19 shots missing a 37-yarder in the opener against Illinois and a 54-yarder against Nebraska. That was it. The former walk-on has a good leg, but he tops out at around 50 yards. Whatever. He’s an All-America candidate who’ll be in the hunt for the Lou Groza Award.

CFN 2011 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

3. Justin Tucker, Sr. Texas
Tucker took over for Hunter Lawrence and did a strong job nailing 23-of-27 field goals and showed good range hitting a 51 yarder against Rice and 49-yard shots against Baylor and Florida Atlantic. Ultra-reliable and with a huge leg, he’s an all-star talent. With John Gold and his 43.6-yard average gone, Tucker will take on a bigger punting role after averaging 41.2 yards per kick and putting 17 of his 35 chances inside the 20.

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4. Blair Walsh, Sr. Georgia
Walsh has been one of the nation’s best placekickers over the last two years. After hitting 20-of-22 field goals with one miss coming from beyond 50 yards, he was just as strong last year nailing 20-of-23 kicks including a 53 yarder. With a big leg, three years of experience, and clutch ability, he’ll be on the short list for the Lou Groza Award.

5. Will Snyderwine, Sr. Duke
A former soccer and rugby player, and one-time walk-on, Snyderwine has been named All-ACC second team following each of the last two seasons. He has it all, from accuracy to a strong leg, nailing all of his career PATs and 38-of-44 field goal tries.

6. Derek Dimke, Sr. Illinois
Dimke stepped in late in his sophomore year and was perfect, and he came up with a Second Team All-Big Ten junior year hitting 24-of-29 field goals including 2-of-3 from beyond the 50. There were a few cheap misses, like a 28-yarder against Northwestern, but he has the range, the accuracy, and the consistency to be a weapon once again.

7. Dustin Hopkins, Jr. Florida State
Hopkins is on his way to becoming one of the top young placekickers in the country. A two-year starter, with a booming right leg, he connected on 22-of-28 field goal attempts, capped by a 55-yarder to beat Clemson as time expired. He gets outstanding leg drive, averaging an impressive 66.3 yards on kickoffs last season.

8. Bryson Rose, Jr. Ole Miss
Rose replaced Joshua Shene and was fantastic hitting 16-of-18 field goal tries. While he only hit two kicks from beyond 40 yards, he has a good enough leg to be tried out from deep if needed. As long as he’s consistent from midrange, the coaching staff will take it.

9. David Ruffer, Sr. Notre Dame
Ruffer got his feet wet in 2009 hitting all five of his attempts, and then the former walk-on with no football experience whatsoever became one of the best kickers in America. He hit 18-of-19 field goal attempt with the lone miss a 36-yarder in the bowl win over Miami, and he even showed off some impressive range nailing a 50-yarder against Pitt and another against the Canes. The Lou Groza finalist is among the most reliable kickers in America.

10. Caleb Sturgis, Sr. Florida
Sturgis was supposed to shine as the team’s star placekicker after finishing as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award two years ago, but a back injury cut his season short. He connected on 22-of-30 field goals in 2009, but he wasn’t right last year. As long as he’s right, he has 50-plus range and the make-up to be clutch when needed.

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