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2006 CFN Midseason All-America Teams & More
It's the halfway point of the season, and Garrett Wolfe has been one of the main stars everyone is talking about. Along with the predictions for the rest of the year for every team, here are the CFN Midseason All-America Teams, best players, coaches, and more.
Player of the Midseason - Garrett Wolfe, RB Northern Illinois
Troy Smith is going to win the Heisman and Adrian Peterson is
the best player in college football, but Wolfe was the one
everyone was talking about over the first six weeks.
Coach of the Midseason
- Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
It’s not like Wake Forest is knee-deep in talent just waiting in
the wings ready to roll, but Grobe has been able to overcome the
loss of the starting quarterback and running back and still get
off to a hot start and in a position to go to a solid bowl game.
Game of the Midseason -
34 ... Oklahoma 33, Sept. 16
Garrett Hartley connected on four field goal attempts and had a
shot to save Oklahoma from a painful and controversial collapse,
but his 44-yard field goal attempt was blocked as time ran out
give Oregon the tremendous win. Down 33-20 with just over three
minutes to play, Oregon got a 16-yard touchdown run from Dennis
Dixon, recovered the onside kick, which was reviewed after
Sooner coaches thought it hit a Duck player before going ten
yards, and scored with 46 seconds to play on a 23-yard touchdown
pass Brian Paysinger with the extra point giving Oregon a 34-33
lead. Oklahoma's Reggie Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 55
yards to get into field goal range before the final block. The
finish overshadowed a brilliant day from the two star running
backs with Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson rushing for 211 yards and
a touchdown and Oregon's Jonathan Stewart tearing off 144 yards
and a score
Biggest Surprise -
Coming off a brutal 1-10 campaign and with few signs that things
were going to be immediately better, the Golden Flashes are
probably going to win the MAC East thanks to QB Julian Edelman
and a surprising defense. This is this year's UCF.
Biggest Disappointment -
could’ve expected the freefall into total mediocrity in Dan
Hawkins’ first year in Boulder. Obviously Hawkins can coach and
things will eventually turn around, but for a team that’s used
to playing for the Big 12 title, this hasn’t exactly been a
Best performance so far -
Illinois RB Garrett Wolfe ran 31 times for 353 yards and three
touchdowns and caught three passes for three yards in the 40-28
win over Ball State.
2006 First Team Midseason All-American Offense
QB - Troy Smith, Sr. Ohio State
Hawaii's Colt Brennan and Tennessee's Erik Ainge have been more
impressive, but Smith has been the steady leader of the nation's
number one team. It took an experienced veteran to come out of
Austin and Iowa City with wins.
RB - Adrian Peterson, Jr. Oklahoma
The nation's best player, Peterson ran for over 100 yards in
each of the first six games despite being the target of
everyone's defense. A workhorse averaging 24 carries a game,
including a brilliant 34-carry, 211-yard day in the fiasco
against Oregon, he carried the OU offense behind a suspect line
and with Paul Thompson finding his way at quarterback.
RB - Garrett Wolfe, Sr. Northern Illinois
The nation's leading rusher didn't just crank out big stats
against awful MAC teams, he ran for 171 and caught 114 yards
worth of passes against Ohio State.
WR - Calvin Johnson, Jr. Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's unstoppable weapon, the future top-five draft
pick started off the ACC season red hot ripping apart Virginia,
Virginia Tech and Maryland for 22 catches for 413 yards and five
WR - Mario Manningham, Soph. Michigan
Talk about your gamebreakers, Manningham had his coming out
party against Notre Dame with three touchdown grabs kicking off
a run of eight scores in four games before going down with a
WR - Robert Meachem, Jr. Tennessee
Forget tight ends; Meachem has to be on the list. Erik Ainge has
been great, but he's also getting plenty of help from Meachem's
habit of turning short passes into big touchdowns.
OL - T.J. Downing, Sr. Ohio State
Part of the reason Troy Smith has been so effective because of
all the time he gets to operate; someone has to represent the
great play up front. Alex Boone is the superstar of the future,
but for now, Downing at right guard has been the team's
OL - Dan Mozes, Sr. West Virginia
The best player so far on a line that's blowing holes wide open
for Steve Slaton and Pat White.
OL - Arron Sears, Sr. Tennessee
Sears has been a rock in pass protection giving Erik Ainge time
to work. He's also the main man the running game works behind.
OL - Joe Thomas, Sr. Wisconsin
He struggled a little bit early coming back from knee surgery,
but he started to dominate as the season went on. Now he's
crushing and killing for P.J. Hill and the Badger running game.
OL - Steve Vallos, Sr. Wake Forest
With a starting quarterback Ben Mauk and top running back Micah
Andrews out, the line has had to turn up its production to give
everyone a bit more time. Vallos has done a little of everything
up front seeing time at both left and right tackle.
PK - Justin Medlock, Sr. UCLA
Coming back after being questionable to start the season thanks
to off-the-field issues, Medlock has been a rock hitting 12 of
13 field goal attempts. along with a few bombs, for an offense
that hasn't been able to consistently get into the end zone.
KR - Marcus Thigpen, Soph. Indiana
IU's best weapon so far, Thigpen took returns for touchdowns
against Ball State, Connecticut and Illinois averaging a
nation-leading 41.77 yards per return.
2006 First Team Midseason All-American Defense
DL - Alan Branch, Jr. Michigan
Way overdue for national acclaim, the 330-pound junior is a
brick wall in the middle of the nation's number one run defense.
DL - Mkristo Bruce, Sr. Washington State
A one-man wrecking crew of a pass rusher, Bruce has ten sacks so
far and 11 tackles for loss highlighted by a five-sack day
DL - Anthony Spencer, Sr. Purdue
One of the few bright spots on the Purdue defense, Spencer has
been a consistent pass rusher with a sack in each of the first
five games. He's also been decent against the run.
DL - Abraham Wright, Sr. Colorado
Lost in Colorado's disastrous season has been the solid play of
the defense led up front by Wright. The speed rusher cranked out
three sacks against Colorado State and two against Baylor while
finishing the first half of the second in the nation in
LB - H.B. Blades, Sr. Pitt
More than just one of the nation's top tacklers, Blades has been
a leader in the resurgence of the Panther defense cranking out
double-digit tackles in five of the six games. The one time he
didn't get ten or more was when he plays little more than a half
in a blowout over Citadel.
LB - Patrick Willis, Sr. Ole Miss
Fine, so he went from being way underrated to a tad overhyped,
but he's been a tremendous hitter and one of the few bright
spots on an Ole Miss defense that needs plenty of cleaning up.
LB - Sam Olajubutu, Sr. Arkansas
Others have better stats, but no one's been a better leader
meaning everything to the Hog defense, and even more a young,
burgeoning team. There hasn't been a steadier linebacker in
America so far.
DB - Leon Hall, Sr. Michigan
Considered by many NFL scouts to be the nation's best corner
prospect, Hall has made several big plays in all phases even
though teams rarely throw his way. His ability to play on an
island, and allowing the safeties to cheat up, has been a huge
reason Michigan's run defense leads the nation.
DB - Daymeion Hughes, Sr. California
The nation's best corner over the first half of the season,
Hughes was a machine with five picks over a three game stretch
while being a safety-sure tackler in the open field.
DB - Dwight Lowery, Jr. San Jose State
There's a reason San Jose State leads the nation in turnover
margin. Lowery picked off four passes in just four games and
also did a little punt returning.
DB - Eric Weddle, Sr. Utah
He's everything to the Utah defense, and he's occasionally the
top playmaker for the offense with a touchdown run against San
Diego State. He picked off six passes in a three-game stretch.
P - Sean Douglas, Sr. Washington
Others have better averages, but no one has done more for their
teams than Douglas putting 11 kicks inside the 20 over the first
six games while averaging 46.6 yards per boot highlighted by an
PR - Mikey Henderson, Jr. Georgia
He took two returns for touchdowns and would've had a third
except for an early celebration just before crossing the goal
line against Western Kentucky. He almost turned the Tennessee
game around with a score.
CFN Midseason Second Team Offense
QB - Erik Ainge, Jr. Tennessee
RB - Mike Hart, Jr. Michigan
RB - Steve Slaton, Soph. West Virginia
WR - Davone Bess, Soph. Hawaii
WR - Johnnie Lee Higgins, Sr. UTEP
TE - Chris Hopkins, Sr. Toledo
OL - Sam Baker, Jr. USC
OL - Justin Blalock, Sr. Texas
OL - Ryan Clady, Soph. Boise State
OL - Roman Fry, Sr. Clemson
OL - Jake Long, Jr. Michigan
PK - Garrett Hartley, Jr. Oklahoma
KR - Jessie Henderson, Soph. SMU
CFN Midseason Second Team Defense
DL - Gaines Adams, Sr. Clemson
DL - Glenn Dorsey, Jr. LSU
DL - Quinn Pitcock, Sr. Ohio State
DL - Brian Smith, Sr. Missouri
LB - Keyonvis Bouie, Sr. FIU
LB - Buster Davis, Sr. Florida State
LB - Phillip Wheeler, Soph. Georgia Tech
DB - Brandon Meriweather, Sr. Miami
DB - Reggie Nelson, Jr. Florida
DB - Kevin Payne, Sr. UL Monroe
DB - Aaron Ross, Sr. Texas
P - Joe Radigan, Sr. Rutgers
PR - Sammie Stroughter, Jr. Oregon State