2006 CFN Midseason All-America Teams & More

Posted Oct 13, 2006

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.

Midseason Reports
ACC | Big East | Big 12 | Big Ten | C-USA
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

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 -
Oregon 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 -
Kent State
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 -
No one 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 rousing start.  

Best performance so far - Northern 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 touchdowns.

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 knee injury.

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 steadiest cog.

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 against Stanford.

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 sacks.

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 86-yard bomb.

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