2006 Preseason All-Americans - Defensive Ends
Clemson DE Gaines Adams
Posted Aug 26, 2006

2006 CFN All-America Defensive Ends  

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2006 CFN Preseason First Team All-Americans
Gaines Adams, Sr. Clemson - 55 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 15 TFL, 9 broken up passes, 29 quarterback pressures
He should probably be off to the NFL. The starter at the Bandit end plays a little bit of defensive end and a little bit of linebacker with the size at 265 pounds to be a top run stopper and the speed and quickness to be a great pass defender. He does a little of everything very well with a great talent for getting into the backfield on a regular basis. 

Quentin Moses, Sr. Georgia - 44 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 20.5 TFL, 38 quarterback hurries
The hope was for Moses to go from being a solid situational pass rusher to an All-SEC terror. 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss later, he's going to be on the short list of top NFL end prospects as the leader of the potentially great Dawg line. He's not huge at 250 pounds and he's not the best run stopper, but there are few better at consistently getting to the quarterback. He's also smart being named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll over the last few years.

Preseason 25 Best Ends
1. Quentin Moses, Sr. Georgia
Gaines Adams, Sr. Clemson
Lawrence Jackson, Jr. USC
Adam Carriker, Sr., Nebraska
Dan Bazuin, Sr., Central Michigan
Mkristo Bruce, Sr.  Washington State
Victor Abiamiri, Sr. Notre Dame
8. Baraka Atkins, Sr., Miami
9. Tommy Blake, Jr. TCU
10. Brian Smith, Sr., Missouri

Tim Crowder, Sr., Texas
Larry McSwain, Sr., UAB
LaMarr Woodley, Sr. Michigan
Larry Birdine, Sr., Oklahoma
Chris Ellis, Jr., Virginia Tech
Ken Iwebema, Jr. Iowa
Jarvis Moss, Jr. Florida
Jay Moore, Sr., Nebraska
Chris Long, Jr., Virginia
Calvin Thibodeaux, Sr., Oklahoma
Brian Robison, Sr., Texas
22. C.J. Ah You, Sr. Oklahoma
Marquies Gunn, Sr. Auburn
Ray McDonald, Sr. Florida
25. Loren Howard, Sr. Arizona State

2006 CFN Preseason Second Team All-Americans
Adam Carriker, Sr. Nebraska  - 43 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 17 TFL, 3 broken up passes, 19 quarterback hurries
After an average 2004 thanks to an ankle injury, the 6-6, 294-pound Carriker blossomed into an unstoppable pass rushing force. He wasn't just great at getting to the quarterback, he was rock-solid against the run and made play after player when he wasn't double teamed. He's looking stronger and quicker this season and should be a lock for All-America honors.

Lawrence Jackson, Jr. USC
- 46 tackles, 10 sacks, 13 TFL, 6 broken up passes, 4 forced fumbles
The star of the USC D line, Jackson became a pass rushing terror last year with too much quickness for most tackles and enough size and strength to handle himself against the maulers. He has the speed of a linebacker in a 6-5, 265-pound frame. Expect him to be a high draft pick next year.

2006 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)

Victor Abiamiri, Sr. Notre Dame - 48 tackles, 8 sacks, 15 TFL, 7 quarterback hurries
Abiamiri did a great job of taking over for Justin Tuck turning into the team's best pass rusher. Now he has to be more consistent and use his experience to be a game-in-and-game-out dominator once he returns from a knee surgery that limited him at times this spring. He was decent all season with his stats pumped up by a ten tackle, four sack performance against Stanford, and now he appears on the verge of exploding after being the focus of the coaching staff all off-season. 15 sacks won't be out of the question.

Baraka Atkins, Sr. Miami
 - 50 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 4 broken up passes, 6 quarterback hurries
Able to be used as a small, quick tackle or a big, run stopping end, the 6-4, 264-pound senior is a versatile player with 35 games of starting experience. Tough as nails. he fought through a knee injury to have a great season. While not a pure pass rusher, he's effective at getting into the backfield on a regular basis with 13 career sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss and 41 quarterback hurries.

Dan Bazuin, Sr. Central Michigan
- 74 tackles, 16 sacks, 26.5 TFL, 3 broken up passes, 5 forced fumbles
The best defensive player in the MAC last season, the 6-3, 269-pound senior is a pass rushing terror leading the nation in tackles for loss while finishing second on the team in tackles. He's a big run stopper and impossible to stop once he gets off the line. He bulked up enough to start to attract the NFL scouts and become an early round pick.

Tommy Blake, Jr. TCU - 59 tackles, 7 sacks, 13.5 TFL
Blake grew from a tremendous pass rushing specialist to a strong all-around end and the best player in the Mountain West last season. The former running back is a blur in the backfield and more than holds his own against the run despite only being 250 pounds. With next level athleticism and moves, and with Chase Ortiz on the other side garnering attention, he'll be a near-lock for another big sack total.

Mkristo Bruce, Sr.  Washington State
- 67 tackles, 10 sacks, 15 TFL, 3 broken up passes, 4 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles
A top all-around end for the last few years, the 6-6, 250-pound senior can do it all. He's an unstoppable pass rusher when he sees one-on-one blocking, but he's also solid against the run finishing fourth on the team in tackles. There are few better at getting around the corner and closing on the quarterback.

Brian Smith, Sr. Missouri - 66 tackles, 9 sacks, 17 TFL, 5 broken up passes, 12 quarterback hurries
The school's greatest sacker returns with 24 for his career and should be a lock for All-Big 12 honors yet again. He's not huge at 6-4 and 230 pounds, but he has a nose for getting into the backfield and for making big plays happen. He's not just a pass rushing specialist having grown into a great run defender as well.