2006 Preseason All-Americans - Kickers
Colorado PK Mason Crosby
Posted Aug 26, 2006

2006 CFN All-America Kickers  

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2006 CFN Preseason First Team All-American
Mason Crosby, Sr. - 21-28 FGs, 31-31 extra points
Crosby has one of the biggest legs in college football blasting 13 of 19 field goals from beyond 40 yards with a 58-yard bomb last season. He's an All-American who's not just a bomber, he's also clutch. Dan Hawkins has already said he'll allow Crosby to try a 70-yard shot this season. Crosby will also take over the punting duties from John Torp, who was one of the best in the nation averaging 44.6 yards per kick.

Preseason 20 Best Kickers
1. Mason Crosby, Sr. Colorado
Brandon Coutu, Jr. Georgia
3. Darren McCaleb, Sr. Southern Miss
4. Alexis Serna, Jr. Oregon State
Kyle Schlicher, Sr. Iowa
Jad Dean, Sr. Clemson
 Justin Medlock, Sr. UCLA
Arthur Carmody, Jr. Louisville
Kenny Byrd, Sr. New Mexico
Garrett Rivas, Sr. Michigan
Chris Manfredini, Jr. TCU
Andrew Wellock, Sr. Eastern Michigan
Robert Lee, Sr. East Carolina
Brandon Pace, Sr. Virginia Tech
Sergio Aguayo, Jr. UNLV
16. Mike Barrow, Sr. Idaho

Alex Trlica, Jr. Texas Tech
18. Jordon Congdon, Soph. Nebraska
Jeremy Ito, Jr. Rutgers
Chris Nendick, Jr. Northern Illinois

2006 CFN Preseason Second Team All-American
Brandon Coutu, Jr. - 23-28 FGs, 45-45 PATs
Coutu is a big-time weapon, He led the SEC in scoring last year with 114 points and showed off a cannon of a leg hitting ten of his 14 field goal attempts from beyond 40 yards including a 58-yard bomb against UL Monroe. He has to be more consistent inside the 40, but he should be one of the best in the nation.

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

Kenny Byrd, Sr. - 13-15 FGs, 33-38 extra points
A Lou Groza Award semifinalist last year, Byrd is once against expected to be among the best in America. He was automatic from 45 yards with his two misses coming from beyond 40 yards. He has a solid deep leg who now knows what he's doing after only playing soccer in high school.

Arthur Carmody, Jr. - 14-16 FGs, 63-65 extra points
Carmody is one of the nation's best kickers with range and consistency nailing his final 13 field goal attempts of the year going without a miss after the third game of the season. He hit nine of ten attempts from behind 30 yards and all five from beyond 40 topping out with a 47-yard kick against Pitt. He'll also handle kickoffs.

Jad Dean, Sr. - 24-31 FGs, 34-35 extra points
Dean was one of the nation's most clutch kickers highlighted by a 6-for-6 performance to beat Texas A&M. He doesn't have a huge leg with his range topping out at 50 yards, but he hit five of his eight kicks between 40 and 49 yards.

Darren McCaleb, Sr. - 23-28 FGs, 38-39 extra points
Connecting from short range hasn't been a problem hitting all 13 of his field goal attempts from inside 40 last season. Being effective from deep has been a little bit of an issue missing from 45, 48, 40, 50 and 44 in 2005. His focus was on increasing his range, so if he can be rock-solid from 45 and in, he'll be a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. 

Justin Medlock, Sr. - 13-17 FGs, 50-50 extra points
Medlock is back on the team after getting arrested for drunk driving. He's one of the best kickers in America hitting ten of his last 11 field goal attempts last year. He has a big leg nailing 7 of 11 shots from beyond 40 yards.

Garrett Rivas, Sr. - 19-26 FGs, 33-35 extra points
He's not going to hit any bombs, but he's a steady kicker from inside 40 yards. Four of his misses came from beyond 39, but he also missed some key short kicks in games against Nebraska and Michigan State. Even so, he should be in the mix for All-Big Ten honors if he can connect on a 50 yarder or two.

Kyle Schlicher, Sr. - 17-21 FGs, 43-44 extra points
One of the best kickers in America returns after being all but automatic inside 40 yards. While he has a good leg with a 52-yard shot against Ohio State to his credit, his consistency tops out at the 40 missing two kicks from 41 and one from 47. His only miss inside the 40 came in the bowl game.

Alexis Serna, Jr. - 23-28 FGs, 32-32 extra points
Serna won the Lou Groza Award as the nation' s top placekicker even though he missed five kicks and showing little range. He nailed six field goals in the Washington game as part of a huge second half of the season. He'll be a lock for preseason All-America honors.