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2007 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - DEs

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Posted Aug 7, 2007


CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Defensive Ends

2007 CFN All-Americans

Defensive Ends

CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players
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2007 CFN Preseason First Team All-Americans

Preseason 25 Best Ends
1. Calais Campbell, Jr. Miami
2. Tommy Blake, Sr. TCU
3. Bruce Davis, Sr. UCLA
4. Ian Campbell, Jr. Kansas State*
5. Albert McClellan, Jr. Marshall
6. Derrick Harvey, Jr. Florida
7. Quentin Groves, Sr. Auburn
8. Ken Iwebema, Sr. Iowa
9. Chris Long, Sr. Virginia
10. Titus Brown, Sr. Miss State
11. Adamm Oliver, Sr. Georgia Tech
12. Lawrence Jackson, Sr. USC
13. Tyson Jackson, Jr. LSU
14. Vernon Gholston, Jr. Ohio State
15. Joe Clermond, Sr. Pitt
16. Chase Ortiz, Sr. TCU
17. Tyler Clutts, Sr. Fresno State
18. Louis Holmes, Sr. Arizona
19. Jameel McClain, Sr. Syracuse
20. Willie VanDeSteeg, Jr. Minnesota
21. Jamaal Westerman, Jr. Rutgers
22. Leger Douzable, Sr. UCF
23. Larry English, Jr. No Illinois
24. Xavier Mitchell, Jr. Tennessee
25. Erik Walden, Sr. Middle Tenn

*Campbell is part LB, part DE this year but is being counted as a DE

Tommy Blake, Sr. TCU
Blake flirted with the idea of turning pro early, and then chose to come back in what should be an All-America season. In three years he's made 134 tackles, 19 sacks and 36.5 tackles for loss with a blend of blinding quickness and good size. Up to 252 pounds, he's filled out his 6-3 frame and should be even stronger against the run.

Calais Campbell, Jr. Miami
The 6-8, 282-pound Campbell came up with a breakout season finishing third on the team with 84 tackles to go along with 10.5 sacks and 205.5 tackles for loss. With his size and tremendous pass rushing ability, he's in a salary drive season as he could be a first round pick in next year's draft if he has another huge season. Not just a great athlete, he has the work ethic and the motor to live up to his preseason hype.

2007 CFN Preseason Second Team All-Americans

Ian Campbell, Jr. Kansas State
After a stunning breakout season with 67 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks at an end, Campbell will move to an outside linebacker in the new scheme. In reality, he'll likely play a hybrid of end and linebacker to do whatever is needed, but wherever he lines up, he'll be one of the Big 12's most dangerous defenders who'll need to be accounted for on every play. At 6-5 and 232 pounds, he has decent size, to go along with far too much speed for most tackles. The former walk-on was surprisingly strong against the run and could be devastating in all areas with more room to move.

Bruce Davis, Sr. UCLA
Davis was able to
speed rush his way to 17.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in 2006.  Just 6-3 and 237 pounds, he’s a blur coming off the edge with the explosive first step and equally incendiary demeanor that’s often too much for opposing tackles to handle.

2007 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)

Titus Brown, Sr. Mississippi State
The only returning starter to the defensive front, the 6-3, 250-pound Brown needs to be the steady pass rusher the rest of the line rotates around after making 38 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He's a former linebacker who bulked up over the last few seasons yet maintained his quickness. At 255 pounds, he's now a legitimate end and the one player opposing offensive coordinators will have to gameplan for. At the very least, he's good for a few big plays a game.


Quentin Groves, Sr. Auburn
The Auburn line was going to be good, and then it got a big boost with the slightly unexpected return of its pass rushing terror for another year. The 6-4, 254-pound senior rebounded nicely from a good, but not great sophomore campaign cranking out 9.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss along with 37 tackles, all career highs. He finally became more consistent and he started to shine against the top teams, something he didn't do in his first two seasons, with three sacks against Florida, two against Alabama, and six tackles against South Carolina. Now he has to start producing in the post-season with only one tackle in three bowl appearances (coming against Virginia Tech in the 2005 Sugar Bowl).

Derrick Harvey, Jr. Florida
Harvey's an All-America caliber end who'll soon be very rich playing at the next level. He's not huge at 245 pounds, but he has room to still get a little bigger with a lanky 6-4 frame. He only made 35 tackles, but he was a blur into the backfield making 11 sacks and 13 tackles for loss highlighted by a three-sack, one forced fumble performance against Ohio State. After splitting time last year with Ray McDonald, he took over the job full-time and now is the one the line will build around once he's back and healthy after suffering a hernia in spring ball.

Ken Iwebema, Sr. Iowa
Iwebema missed most of the second half of last year with a shoulder injury and only made 27 tackles with three sacks. When he's right, the 6-4, 267-pound senior is among the best all-around ends in the Big Ten with excellent pass rushing skills and good strength against the run. Extremely consistent in all areas, his return instantly makes the line better.

Chris Long, Sr. Virginia
The 6-4, 284-pound senior is the son of former NFL great, Howie Long, and while he's not as good as his dad, is a big time talent with quickness into the backfield and good toughness against the run. He was fifth on the team with 57 tackles, to go along with 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He has 47 quarterback hurries over the last two years.

Albert McClellan, Jr. Marshall
In one monster season, McClellan went from a nice freshman prospect to a defensive force, terrorizing the rest of Conference USA for 77 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles.  Much more than just an edge rusher, he’s also stout against the run and one the program’s hardest workers outside the stadium.