2008 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - DTs
Cincinnati DT Terrill Byrd
Cincinnati DT Terrill Byrd
Posted Aug 18, 2008

CFN 2008 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Defensive Tackles

2008 CFN All-Americans

Defensive Tackles

CFN 2008 All-Americans and Top 25 Players
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2008 CFN Preseason First Team All-Americans

Preseason Top 25 DTs
1. Sen'Derrick Marks, Jr. Auburn
2. Vance Walker, Sr. Georgia Tech
3. Fili Moala, Sr. USC
4. Gerald McCoy, Soph. Oklahoma
5. Ricky Jean-Francois, Jr. LSU
6. Terrill Byrd, Sr. Cincinnati
7. Mitch King, Sr. Iowa
8. Roy Miller, Sr. Texas
B.J. Raji, Sr. Boston College
10. George Hypolite, Sr. Colorado
11. Vince Oghobaase, Jr. Duke
12. Terrance Taylor, Sr. Michigan
13. Dorell Scott, Sr. Clemson
14. John Fletcher, Jr. Wyoming
15. Greg Brown, Sr. Indiana
16. Darryl Richard, Sr. Georgia Tech
17. Everson Griffen, Soph. USC
18. DeMarcus Granger, Jr. Okla.
19. Geno Atkins, Jr. Georgia
20. Charles Alexander, Sr. LSU
21. Arthur Jones, Jr. Syracuse
22. Myron Pryor, Sr. Kentucky
23. Mitch Unrein, Jr. Wyoming
24. Marvin Austin, Soph. N Carolina

Jon Monga, Sr. Fresno State

DT Sen'Derrick Marks, Auburn
It's salary drive time. Marks was a great end but is a more natural tackle. He has top ten overall draft pick skills and will be moved around on the line where needed and where he can be the most effective. In a perfect world he can star on the inside all season long and use his tremendous quickness to be an unstoppable interior pass rusher.

DT Vance Walker, Georgia Tech
The 6-2, 293-pound Walker was a revelation in his first season as a starter, parlaying 45 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles into a spot on the All-ACC first team. It’s his explosive first step that’s often too much for opposing blockers to handle.

2008 CFN Preseason Second Team All-Americans

Gerald McCoy, Soph. Oklahoma
McCoy was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, and no matter what happens to Granger throughout the year, will be one of the team's top linemen. A superstar recruit, the 6-4, 289-pound 2006 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year made 19 tackles, two sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss, but his worth goes beyond stats. He has been tremendous in practices and terrific at occupying blockers in games to let everyone around him work, and now he should be the anchor of the front four.

Fili Moala, Sr. USC
The next star of the unit on the inside is Moala, an under-the-radar senior, who’s very popular among NFL scouts. At 6-5 and 295 pounds, he’s explosive off the snap, uses his hands well, and often requires double teams to keep him out of the backfield.  He came up 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks, but the numbers don’t accurately portray his importance to the run defense.

2008 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)

Terrill Byrd, Sr. Cincinnati

Now more than ever, Byrd needs to be the catalyst of a defensive line hit hard by graduation. A perennial fixture on the All-Big East team, he’s a disruptive force who requires more than one blocker and makes everyone else on the defense a little better at his job. Only 6-0 and 271 pounds, Byrd used his quickness and leverage to amass 56 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and eight sacks, all career-highs.

George Hypolite, Sr. Colorado

The line was fine against the run last year and has a first-team All-Big 12 star, and a possible All-American, in 6-1, 285-pound Hypolite to work around on the inside. A great interior pass rusher with 6.5 sacks, he was also ultra-active against the run making 51 tackles and ten tackles for loss despite missing a game with a hamstring problem. While he's a bit undersized, he's too quick for most guards, he demands to be double teamed on every play, and often it still doesn't matter.

Ricky Jean-Francois, Jr. LSU
So who replaces Glenn Dorsey? No, Jean-Francois isn't a top five talent quite yet, but he's a tremendous prospect who finally got into the classroom often enough to be able to play late in the year making nine tackles in the two games he was eligible for. After a fantastic national title game, the 6-3, 281-pound junior showed he's ready to be the next great LSU defensive lineman with too much quickness for most guards and too much size and strength for most tackles if he moves outside to end. He's also a tremendous shot putter for the track team.

Mitch King, Sr. Iowa
The star of the defense is the 6-3, 264-pound King, a first-team All-Big Ten selection who made 58 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. While he's not all that big for a big-time tackle, he's extremely quick former linebacker who blows linemen off the ball with a good first step. He's not an anchor, but he makes plays all over the place by moving to the ball.

Roy Miller, Sr. Texas

Miller is one of the team's strongest players and is an excellent run stuffer making 40 tackles with a sack and eight tackles for loss. While he's not asked to be much of an interior pass rusher, he is one with the quickness to be able to collapse the pocket. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors, but he could be one of the league's most productive tackles now that he'll be a full-time starter.

.J. Raji, Sr. Boston College

After sitting out last season due to an academic issue, Raji is back at defensive tackle and looking to recapture the form that made him an NFL prospect. A pillar of strength in run defense at 6-1 and 325 pounds, he uses his leverage to his advantage, bull rushing opponents en route to the backfield.