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2006-2007 CFN All-Bowl Team

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 11, 2007


2006-2007 All-Bowl Team ... The best players and performances of the bowl season.


 
By
Pete Fiutak
After being the only human being on the planet to watch, and sometimes watch again, all 32 bowl games, I a) need to get a life and b) know far too much about this bowl season and its best players.


Offense

QB
- Colt Brennan, Hawaii vs. Arizona State, Hawaii Bowl
33-42, 559 yards, five touchdowns, one interception
This was a good bowl season for quarterbacks, but 559 yards and five touchdowns is 559 yards and five touchdowns. Arizona State's secondary might not be air-tight, but it's still a BCS league defense that got carved up, especially in the second half. For the first time all year, most of America got to see how brilliant Brennan has been all season long.

Honorable Mention: John Beck, BYU vs. Oregon, Las Vegas Bowl; John David Booty, USC vs. Michigan, Rose Bowl; Graham Harrell, Texas Tech vs. Minnesota, Insight Bowl; Omar Haugabook, Troy vs. Rice, New Orleans Bowl; Kevin Kolb, Houston vs. South Carolina, Liberty Bowl; Nate Longshore, California vs. Texas A&M, Holiday Bowl; Matt Moore, Oregon State vs. Missouri, Sun Bowl; JaMarcus Russell, LSU vs. Notre Dame, Sugar Bowl; Pat White, West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, Gator Bowl; Jared Zabransky, Boise State vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl

RB
- Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia, Gator Bowl
27 carries, 169 yards, two touchdowns
Even with West Virginia focusing on stopping him early, Choice came up with a big game providing the balance to Calvin Johnson and the surprisingly hot passing attack.

RB
- Ray Rice, Rutgers vs. Kansas State, Texas Bowl
24 carries, 170 yards, one touchdown
With the Rutgers defense stuffing the Kansas State offense, all the offense needed to do was run the ball well and not screw up to get the win. Mike Teel threw the ball well, but Rice was the offense.

Honorable Mention: Justin Forsett, California vs. Texas A&M, Holiday Bowl; Tony Hunt, Penn State vs. Tennessee, Outback Bowl; Ian Johnson, Boise State vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl; Felix Jones, Arkansas vs. Wisconsin, Capital One Bowl; Marshawn Lynch, California vs. Texas A&M, Holiday Bowl; Amir Pinnix, Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, Insight Bowl; Tony Temple, Missouri vs. Oregon State, Sun Bowl; Ryan Torian, Arizona State vs. Hawaii, Hawaii Bowl; Shannon Woods, Texas Tech vs. Minnesota, Insight Bowl

WR
- Dwayne Jarrett, USC vs. Michigan, Rose Bowl
11 catches, 205 yards, two touchdowns
It wasn't just the stats, it was the way Jarrett torched the supposedly great Michigan secondary. He caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but just when the Wolverines started to make a comeback in the fourth, he closed the door with a 62-yard touchdown.

WR
- Jason Rivers, Hawaii vs. Arizona State, Hawaii Bowl
14 catches, 308 yards, two touchdowns
Someone had to catch all those Colt Brennan passes. Rivers ripped apart the Sun Devils with the greatest bowl day ever from a receiver scoring the Warriors' first touchdown of the game on a 38-yard play early in the second half. He put the game on ice with a 79-yard grab with two minutes left.

Honorable Mention: Andy Brodell, Iowa vs. Texas, Alamo Bowl; Harry Douglas, Louisville vs. Wake Forest, Orange Bowl; Joel Filani, Texas Tech vs. Minnesota, Insight Bowl; Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia, Gator Bowl; James Jones, San Jose State vs. New Mexico, New Mexico Bowl; Vincent Marshall, Houston vs. South Carolina, Liberty Bowl; JaMarko Simmons, Western Michigan vs. Cincinnati, Motor City Bowl

TE
- Jonny Harline, BYU vs. Oregon, Las Vegas Bowl
9 catches, 181 yards, one touchdown
His 41-yard touchdown catch late in the first half all but put the game away, and was John Beck's favorite target all game long.

Honorable Mention: Travis Beckum, Wisconsin vs. Arkansas, Capital One Bowl; Clark Harris, Rutgers vs. Kansas State, Texas Bowl;

OL
- Mario Henderson and Shannon Boatman, Florida State vs. UCLA, Emerald Bowl
Did you notice UCLA's All-America defensive end tandem of Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis in the Emerald Bowl? The two stars were held to six tackles and a sack.

OL
- Ryan Clady and Andrew Woodruff, Boise State vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma's tremendous pass rushing tandem of Larry Birdine and C.J. Ah You only made four tackles and a sack, while Clady and Woodruff were the unsung stars allowing the Boise State offense time to work.

OL
- Stephen Heyer, Maryland vs. Purdue, Champs Sports Bowl
Maryland's offensive line led the way to 206 rushing yards and didn't get allow a sack. The biggest plays came with Heyer throwing the key blocks.

OL
- Shannon Tevaga, UCLA vs. Florida State, Emerald Bowl
The interior of the UCLA line pushed the Seminole tackles all over the place all game long paving the way for 194 rushing yards. Tevaga was consistent and dominant paving the way for the hard yards when needed.

OL
- Kyle Williams, USC vs. Michigan, Rose Bowl
Williams bounced back from a nightmare game against UCLA, and a brief absence from the team, to render Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year LaMarr Woodley almost completely useless.

Honorable Mention:
Tackles Andrew Cameron and Mike Gibson, guards Erik Robertson and Noris Malele and center Alex Mack, California vs. Texas A&M, Holiday Bowl; Tackles Andrew Cameron and Scott Smith, guards Erik Robertson and Noris Malele and center Alex Mack

Defense

DL
- Dan Bazuin, Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee, Motor City Bowl
8.5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, one broken up pass
As impressive as the final numbers were, they didn't tell the whole story. Bazuin harassed, hit and hurried the Middle Tennessee quarterbacks all game long.

DL
- Sedrick Ellis, USC vs. Michigan, Rose Bowl
6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 1 broken up pass.
He clogged up the middle helping hold the Wolverines to 12 net yards rushing while keeping Mike Hart to a 2.8 yard-per-carry average. He also did a fantastic job of collapsing the pocket and getting pressure on Chad Henne.

DL
- Derrick Harvey & Jarvis Moss, Florida vs. Ohio State, BCS Championship
Harvey: 4 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, Moss: 2 tackles, 2 sacks, one forced fumble
The two Gator ends combined to make six tackles and five sacks. Moss forced a key Troy Smith fumble at the end of the first half deep in Buckeye territory, Harvey recovered it, the Gators scored, the game was effectively over.

DL
- Roy Miller, Texas vs. Iowa, Alamo Bowl
11 tackles
Miller made a statement that he might be the star of the 2007 defense with 11 stops helping the Longhorns hold Iowa to 89 yards rushing. He led the team in stops.

Honorable Mention: Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas vs. Wisconsin, Capital One Bowl; Alan Branch, Michigan vs. USC, Rose Bowl; Andrew Browning, Boise State vs. Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl; Brian Cushin, USC vs. Michigan, Charles Johnson, Georgia vs. Virginia Tech, Chick-fil-A Bowl; Rose Bowl; Melila Purcell, Hawaii vs. Arizona State, Hawaii Bowl; Jamaal Westerman, Rutgers vs. Kansas State, Texas Bowl;

LB
- Matt Castelo, San Jose State vs. New Mexico
18 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 broken up pass
Castelo not only was in on seemingly every tackle, he came up with the big forced fumble on the goal line early in the second quarter to turn the momentum around.

LB
- Jolonn Dunbar, Boston College vs. Navy
14 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
BC didn't exactly stop the Navy running game, but Dunbar had a huge game and came up with the key fumble recovery leading to the game-winning drive.

LB - Tony Taylor, Georgia vs. Virginia Tech
9 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 tackle for loss
Taylor not only tied for the team lead in tackles, his two fourth quarter interceptions changed the game with both leading to touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Jon Abbate, Wake Forest vs. Louisville, Orange Bowl; Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma vs. Boise State, Fiesta Bowl; Desmond Bishop, California vs. Texas A&M, Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina vs. Houston, Liberty Bowl; Ezra Butler, Nevada vs. Miami, MPC Computers Bowl; Holiday Bowl, New Mexico Bowl; Dan Connor, Penn State vs. Tennessee, Outback Bowl; Meineke Car Care Bowl; Vince Hall, Virginia Tech vs. Georgia, Chick-fil-A Bowl; Geno Hayes, Florida State vs. UCLA, Emerald Bowl; Gerald McRath, Southern Miss vs. Ohio, GMAC Bowl; Marvin Mitchell, Tennessee vs. Penn State, Outback Bowl; Stephen Nicholas, South Florida vs. East Carolina, Papajohns.com Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl; Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky vs. Clemson, Music City Bowl;

DB
- Michael Hamlin, Clemson vs. Kentucky
13 tackles, 9 solo stops
The Tigers might have lost, but don't blame Hamlin who was all over the field making plays all game long.

DB
- Reggie Lewis, Florida vs. Ohio State, BCS Championship
Lewis didn't make a tackle and had one interception on a gift-wrapped throw from Troy Smith, but the most telling statistics were OSU WR Anthony Gonzalez's: Two catches, 11 yards. Lewis shut down OSU's leading receiver.

DB
- Leodis McKelvin, Troy vs. Rice, New Orleans Bowl, Music City Bowl
11 tackles, 2 broken up passes
McKelvin led the team in tackles with several tone-setting shots while also being the main reason Jarrett Dillard was kept in check when the game was still competitive.

DB
- Eric Weddle, Utah vs. Tulsa, Armed Forces Bowl
6 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, half a sack, 10 carries, 56 yards, one touchdown
The do-it-all star did it all in the win over Tulsa finishing second on the team in tackles, leading the team in carries, forcing two turnovers, and sealing the win with a four-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left.

Honorable Mention: Chevis Jackson, LSU vs. Notre Dame, Sugar Bowl; Elbert Mack, Troy vs. Rice, New Orleans Bowl; Chinedum Ndukwe, Notre Dame vs. LSU, Sugar Bowl; Chavez Grant, Miami vs. Nevada, MPC Computers Bowl


Special Teams

PK - Louie Sakoda, Utah vs. Tulsa, Armed Forces Bowl
4-4 FGs, 3 punts, 142 yards (47.3-yard average), 2 inside the 20

P - Johnny Ayers, Boston College vs. Navy, Meineke Car Care Bowl
5 punts, 244 yards (48.8-yard average), 1 inside the 20

KR - Derrick Williams, UCLA vs. Florida State, Emerald Bowl
5 returned for 147 yards (29.4 yards per return)

PR - Sammie Stroughter, Oregon State vs. Missouri, Sun Bowl
3 returned for 54 yards (18-yard average). He set up the game-winning drive with a 39-yard return.

Coach of the Bowl Season - Chris Petersen, Boise State