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2006 Preseason All-Americans - Kickers
2006 CFN All-America
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.
Brandon Coutu, Jr. Georgia
Schlicher, Sr. Iowa
Medlock, Sr. UCLA
Carmody, Jr. Louisville
Kenny Byrd, Sr. New Mexico
Rivas, Sr. Michigan
Chris Manfredini, Jr. TCU
Andrew Wellock, Sr. Eastern Michigan
Robert Lee, Sr.
Brandon Pace, Sr. Virginia Tech
Sergio Aguayo, Jr. UNLV
16. Mike Barrow, Sr. Idaho
Alex Trlica, Jr. Texas Tech
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
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.