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2006 CFN All-America Defense

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Dec 15, 2006


2006 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Defense and Top Players

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 Defensive Lineman
Second Team
5. DE LaMarr Woodley, Sr. Michigan
6. DT Alan Branch, Jr. Michigan 

7.
DT Glenn Dorsey, Jr. LSU
8.
DE Justin Hickman, Sr. UCLA
 
Third Team
9.  DE Mkristo Bruce, Sr. WSU
10.
DT Amobi Okoye, Sr. Louisville
11.
DT Brandon Mebane, Sr. Cal
12.
DE Anthony Spencer, Sr. Purdue
Honorable Mention

13.
DE Calais Campbell, Soph. Miami 
14.
DE Albert McClellan, Soph. Marshall
15.
DE Abraham Wright, Sr. Colorado
16.
DE Quentin Groves, Jr. Auburn

DE Gaines Adams, Sr. Clemson
56 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 25 quarterback pressures

It wasn't just that Adams led the ACC in sacks, he was the consistent playmaker on a banged up defense saving the day against Wake Forest with a fantastic blocked field goal attempt for a score. With 56 tackles, he was also great against the run. Now he'll be off to the NFL as a top 15 pick.

DT Sedrick Ellis, Jr. USC
28 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss

Very quietly, USC led the Pac 10 in defense and was 17th in the nation against the run with Ellis the anchor on the inside. Even though he missed three games early on, he came back to be the major difference maker for the defensive front.

DT Quinn Pitcock, Sr. Ohio State
36 tackles, 8 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss

Buckeye linebacker Jim Laurinaitis got all the national attention because of a splashy start, but Pitcock was the real star of the nation's number two scoring defense. The rock against the run on the inside was also an excellent interior pass rusher.

DE Bruce Davis, Jr. UCLA
43 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles
While Justin Hickman got more national attention after a big start, Davis was the more consistent of the two. Davis came up with at least one sack in each of the last six games and was a fixture in opposing backfields against the run.


 Linebackers
Second Team
4. H.B. Blades, Sr. Pitt 
5.
Paul Posluszny, Sr. PSU
6.
Desmond Bishop, Sr. Cal
Third Team
7.
Jon Abbate, Jr. Wake Forest
8.
Rufus Alexander, OU 
9.
David Harris, Sr. Michigan  
Honorable Mention
10.
Jasper Brinkley, Jr. So. Car.
11.
Buster Davis, Sr. Florida State
12.
J Leman, Jr. Illinois
13.
Jim Laurinaitis, Soph. OSU 
14.
Xavier Adibi, Jr. Virginia Tech
15.
Quinton Culberson, Sr. MSU

Vince Hall, Jr. Virginia Tech
115 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 8 quarterback hurries

The best unknown national defensive star, Hall led the ACC in tackles combining with Xavier Adibi to wreak havoc all season long. He was great at getting into the backfield and a sideline-to-sideline nightmare against the run.

Ameer Ismail, Sr. Western Michigan
86 tackles, 17 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 3 broken up passes

Not just a pass rusher, Ismail was also one of the MAC's top tacklers as a do-it-all defensive playmaker from several spots on the Bronco defensive front. He tore through Ball State for six sacks and cranked out three the following week against Eastern Michigan, but he didn't just light up MAC teams with great games against Indiana and Virginia to go along with six tackles against Florida State.


Patrick Willis, Sr. Ole Miss 
137 tackles, 3 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7 broken up passes, 2 forced fumbles

A two-time CFN First Team All-American, there wasn't a more sure tackler in the country with 87 solo stops on the way to leading the SEC in tackles. He showed off sideline-to-sideline range combining with Rory Johnson to clean everything up behind a lousy defensive line with 12 solo tackles against Kentucky and ten against Arkansas.


 Defensive Backs
Second Team
5. CB Daymeion Hughes, Sr. Cal
6.
CB Aqib Talib, Soph. Kansas
7.
S John Wendling, Sr. Wyoming
8.
S Eric Weeks, Sr. West Virginia
Third Team
9. 
S LaRon Landry, Sr. LSU
10.
S Josh Gattis, Sr. Wake Forest
11.
CB Antoine Cason, Jr. Arizona 
12.
S Jonathan Hefney, Jr. Tenn.
Honorable Mention
13.
CB Darrelle Revis, Jr. Pitt
14.
CB Trae Williams, Jr. USF
15.
S Quincy Black, Sr. New Mexico
16.
S Kevin Payne, Sr. UL Mon. 

CB Leon Hall, Sr. Michigan
41 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 3 interceptions, 15 broken up passes
The future top ten draft pick struggled a bit in the season finale against Ohio State, but he made his presence felt in other ways with six tackles. He lived up to all the preseason hype the rest of the year with a whopping 15 broken up passes despite being avoided as much as possible.

SS Reggie Nelson, Jr. Florida
50 tackles, 6 interceptions, 5 broken up passes, 2 blocked kicks

Numbers don't quite do justice to the type of leader and all-around playmaker Nelson was as the steady force in an occasionally shaky secondary. He blocked two kicks, picked off two passes against Tennessee, and came up with one in the SEC title win over Arkansas.

CB Aaron Ross, Sr. Texas
73 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 18 broken up passes, 3 forced fumbles, 21 punt returns, 241 yards, 1 TD

Somehow Texas finished 98th in the nation in pass defense even with Ross and Michael Griffin in the secondary, but you can't blame Ross who broke up a whopping 18 passes and forced eight turnovers. He was be game-changing defensive back in America making big play after big play while also turning in an all-star season a punt returner.

DB Eric Weddle, Sr. Utah 
58 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 broken up passes, 2 tackles for loss, 34 carries, 147 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2-4 passing, 43 yards, 1 TD

One of the nation's most versatile player, Weddle could play any spot in the secondary and turned into the team's most dangerous rushing threat over the final few games. He even threw a touchdown pass against BYU. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns against San Diego State and ran for four scores.