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2007 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - PKs

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Posted Aug 7, 2007


CFN 2007 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Placekickers

2007 CFN All-Americans

Kickers

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

Preseason 25 Best Kickers
1. Sam Swank, Jr. Wake Forest
2. Garrett Hartley, Sr. Oklahoma
3. Arthur Carmody, Sr. Louisville
4. Jeremy Ito, Sr. Rutgers
5. Alexis Serna, Sr. Oregon State
6. Chris Nendick, Sr. No Illinois
7. Jeff Wolfert, Jr. Missouri
8. Taylor Mehlhaff, Sr. Wisconsin
9. Tom Schneider, Sr. California
10. Ryan Succop, Jr. So Carolina
11. Cole Wilson, Sr. UL Monroe
12. Patrick Shadle, Jr. Syracuse
13. Brandon Coutu, Sr. Georgia
14.
Drew Edmiston, Jr. UL Laf.
15. Chris Manfredini, Sr., TCU
16. Connor Barth, Sr. North Carolina
17. Brett Swenson, Soph. Mich Sta
18. Aaron Pettrey, Soph. Ohio State
19. Ben Bell, Jr. Houston
20. Trevor Cook, Soph., Miami Univ.
21. Michael Torres, Sr. UCF
22. Louie Sakoda, Jr. Utah
23. Joshua Shene, Soph. Ole Miss
24. Jared Strubeck, Jr. San Jose St
25. Clint Stitser, Sr. Fresno State

Sam Swank, Jr. Wake Forest
Swank connected on 23 of 31 field goals last year nailing bomb after bomb going ten of 16 from beyond 40 yards and five of seven from beyond 50. Not just good, he's also tremendously clutch. However, he needs to prove he's 100% after suffering a sports hernia. He'll also handle the punting duties after averaging a solid 41.2 yards per kick while putting 19 inside the 20.

2007 CFN Preseason Second Team All-American

Garrett Hartley, Sr. Oklahoma
There isn't a more accurate kicker than Hartley, who nailed 19 of 20 field goals with the one miss a block on a 44-yard attempt against Oregon. With a huge leg with range at just over 50 yards, it should all come together with an All-America season and a shot at the Lou Groza Award.

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


Arthur Carmody, Sr. Louisville
The icing on the cake for the explosive Louisville offense is that it has last year’s Lou Groza Award winner to clean up any drives that don’t finish in the end zone. Carmody is another offensive weapon who has a strong leg and has missed just 9-of-56 field goal attempts in his three years as a starter. 

Jeremy Ito, Sr. Rutgers
One of the nation’s more reliable kickers, the senior is entering his fourth year as a starter. Coming off his best season at Rutgers, Ito scored 107 points, nailing 22-of-29 field goals and 41-of-42 extra points.  His range extends beyond the 50-yard line and he’s clutch late in close games.

Taylor Mehlhaff, Sr. Wisconsin
The big-legged senior had a second straight strong season hitting 15 of 20 field goals including two of three from beyond 50

Chris Nendick, Sr. Northern Illinois
Nendick connected
on 20 of 27 field goals with four of his missed coming from beyond 40 yards. While he didn't show off much in the way of range last year, he has a deep leg that can connect from 50 yards, even though his biggest shot came from 44.

Tom Schneider, Sr. California

Everything seemed to come together for Schneider, who struggled with his consistency in 2004 and 2005.  In 2006, he connected on all 46 of his extra points and 14-of-18 field goals, including a school-record tying 55-yarder in The Big Game.   

Alexis Serna, Sr. Oregon State

Serna has one more season to solidify his spot as the most prolific placekickers in Oregon State history.  A three-time semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and the winner in 2005, he’s a rock with the leg strength to flirt in the 60-yard range if necessary.  Serna has connected on more than 80% of his career field goal attempts, made 106 straight extra points and tied a school record with a 58-yard boot in 2006. 

Ryan Succop, Jr. South Carolina
For an offense that had way too many problems scoring on a consistent basis, having a weapon like Succop was a godsend hitting 16 of 20 field goals with two blocks and one miss hitting the upright. He showed a tremendous deep leg nailing eight of 11 shots from beyond 40 yards highlighted by a 55-yard bomb against Vanderbilt.

Jeff Wolfert, Jr. Missouri
Wolfert connected on 18 of 20 field goals going 4-of-5 from beyond 40 yards. A semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, the former walk-on, who came to Missouri as a diver, was one of the surprises of the Big 12 season and should be a weapon once again.