2006 CFN All-America Special Teams

Posted Dec 15, 2006

2006 CollegeFootballNews.com All-America Special Teams

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Honorable Mention
4. Brandon Pace, Sr. Virginia Tech
Sam Swank, Soph. Wake Forest
Garrett Hartley, Soph. Oklahoma
7. Garrett Rivas, Sr. Michigan

Dan Ennis, Sr. Maryland
9. Alexis Serna, Jr. Oregon State
10. John Vaughn, Sr. Auburn

Justin Medlock, Sr. UCLA
26 of 30 on field goals, 26-26 extra points

Colorado's Mason Crosby might be the most talented kicker in college football with misleading numbers since he missed a few kicks from ungodly distances, but he only hit two of his nine chances from 50 yards and beyond. Medlock hit both of his shots from beyond 50 yards and was solid throughout the rest of the season going four-for-four in three games and connecting on his final seven attempts.

Second Team
Mason Crosby, Sr. Colorado
19 of 28 on field goals, 19-19 extra points

Third Team Arthur Carmody, Jr. Louisville
20 of 23 on field goals, 57-57 extra points

Honorable Mention
4. Nick Folk, Sr. Arizona
5. Matt Foege, Soph. Okla. St
6. Sean Douglas, Sr. Washington
7. Justin Brantly, Soph. Texas A&M
8. Britton Colquitt, Soph. Tennessee
9. Geoffrey Price, Sr. Notre Dame
10. Joe Radigan, Sr. Rutgers

Daniel Sepulveda, Sr. Baylor
66 punts for 3,068 yards, 46.48 yards per kick, 26 inside the 20

One of the best punters of all-time, Sepulveda overcame a knee injury to regain his form leading the nation in average highlighted by a bomb of 78 yards. He put a whopping 26 inside the 20 and forced ten fair catches.

Second Team Durant Brooks, Jr. Georgia Tech
75 kicks for 3,412 yards, 45.49 average

Third Team Chris Miller, Jr. Ball State
57 kicks for 2,637 yards, 46.26 average

 Kickoff Returners
Honorable Mention
4. Grant Jones, Sr. Oklahoma State
5. Jeff Smith, Fr. Boston College
6. Darrell Blackman, Jr. NC State
7. Josh Wilson, Sr. Maryland
8. Darius Reynaud, Jr. West Virginia
9. Lowell Robinson, Jr. Pitt
10. Brandon West, Fr. Western Mich

Marcus Thigpen, Soph. Indiana
24 returns, 723 yards, 30.13 yards per return, 3 touchdowns

Thigpen was second in the nation in average kickoff returns, but he took three back for touchdowns with all three turning out to be the difference in close wins. He was consistent and explosive, and he even ran a little bit rushing for 104 yards against Michigan State.

Second Team Damon Nickson, Jr. Middle Tennessee
19 returns for 569 yards, 2 TD, 29.95-yard average

Third Team David Harvey, Fr. Akron

17 returns for 510 yards, 30-yard average

 Punt Returners
Honorable Mention
Ean Randolph, Sr. South Florida
5. Mikey Henderson, Jr. Georgia
6. Derek Pegues, Soph. Miss State
7. Chris Garrett, Fr. Ohio
8. Nathan Meikle, Sr. BYU
9. Joe Chapple, Sr. Western Mich
10. Syndric Steptoe, Sr. Arizona

DeSean Jackson, Soph. California
25 returns for 455 yds, 4 TDs, 18.2 average
Jackson led the nation in punt return average taking four back for touchdowns. He was on fire late in the year highlighted by a three-return, 128-yard effort against Arizona.

Second Team Sammie Stroughter, Jr. Oregon State
27 returns for 416 yards, 3 TDs, 15.41 average

Third Team
Jeremy Trimble, Jr. Army
18 returns for 352 yards, 2 TDs, 18.06 average