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2008 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - CBs
New Mexico CB DeAndre Wright
New Mexico CB DeAndre Wright
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Posted Aug 18, 2008


CFN 2008 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Cornerbacks

2008 CFN All-Americans

Cornerbacks

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

Preseason Top 25 CBs
1. Malcolm Jenkins, Sr. Ohio State
2. D.J. Moore, Jr. Vanderbilt
3. Victor Harris, Sr. Virginia Tech
4. Vontae Davis, Jr. Illinois
5. DeAndre Wright, Sr. New Mexico
6. Mike Mickens, Sr. Cincinnati

6. Asher Allen, Jr. Georgia
7. Alphonso Smith, Sr. W Forest
8. Trevard Lindley, Jr. Kentucky
9. Darius Butler, Sr. Connecticut
10. Jerraud Powers, Jr Auburn

11. Captain Munnerlyn, Jr. So. Car.
12. Londen Fryar, Sr. Western Mich
13. Alterraun Verner, Jr. UCLA
14. Morgan Trent, Sr. Michigan
15. Walter Thurmond, Jr. Oregon
16. Joe Burnett, Sr. UCF
17. Jairus Byrd, Jr. Oregon
18. Coye Francies, Sr. San Jose St
19. Glover Quin, Sr. New Mexico
20. Rafael Priest, Jr. TCU
21. Brice McCain, Sr. Utah
22. Kareem Jackson, Soph. Ala.
23. DeAngelo Smith, Sr. Cincinnati
24. Brandon Hughes, Sr. Oregon St
25. Kyle Wilson, Jr. Boise State

Malcolm Jenkins, Sr. Ohio State
James Laurinaitis returning for his senior season was a shock, and Jenkins coming back was a jaw-dropper. One of the nation's best all-around defensive backs, the 6-1, 201-pound All-American has the size, the 4.3 speed, and the tackling ability making 47 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions. He has 137 career stops with eight picks, and now he'll make everyone's all-star team and be the premier cover-corner in college football. Everyone will stay away from him, but they did last year, too, and he still produced. His worth is more than just stats; he erases everyone's No. 1 receiver.

D.J. Moore, Jr. Vanderbilt
He's big, physical, and very, very fast making 41 tackles on the year with two interceptions  on him all season long when he matches up against the top receivers in the league. He'll also be one of the Big Ten's premier tackling corners.

2008 CFN Preseason Second Team All-Americans

Vontae Davis, Jr. Illinois
Davis has one more year in Champaign before he's off making millions at the next level. The 6-0, 204-pound brother of San Francisco 49er tight end, Vernon, is a blow-'em-up type of hitter with 4.4 speed in a 6-0, 204-pound frame. A first-team All-Big Ten selection, he was fourth on the team with 76 tackles last season to go along with four interceptions and eight broken up passes, but stats don't show just how much of a tone-setter he was.

Victor "Macho" Harris, Sr. Virginia Tech
Replacing boundary corner Brandon Flowers is the star of the defense, Harris, who had been playing field corner before this year. Macho’s a 6-0, 192-pound playmaker who has picked off nine passes over the last two years and led the Hokies with 11 broken up passes in 2007. While not in Flowers’ league as a lock-down corner, he has the athletic ability and instincts to navigate the largest area of the secondary.

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

Asher Allen, Jr. Georgia
On the verge of becoming an all-star, Allen made the step up from being a nice reserve to a fantastic all-around playmaker with 64 tackles, good for second on the team, three interceptions and five broken up passes. He plays much bigger than his 5-10 and 198 pounds with great open-field tackling skills, while his tremendous speed and quickness makes him a strong option on any No. 1 receiver. Basically, it's all coming together. Formerly a raw talent with great upside, now he's growing into a special player.

Darius Butler, Sr. Connecticut

While the 5-11, 181-pound Butler is expected to play some receiver this year, his primary role remains as the Huskies’ most dependable cover corner.  Entering his fourth season as the starter, he has lockdown potential to go along with sure-tackling in the open field. As a 13-game starter, Butler had 54 tackles, seven pass breakups, and a career-low two picks, largely because quarterbacks try to avoid his side of the field.

Trevard Lindley, Jr. Kentucky
The secondary was night-and-day better last year than it had in previous seasons, and part of the reason was the emergence of Lindley as a star. A phenomenal tackling corner who'll be taken on the first day of the draft whenever he chooses to come out, he's 6-0, 175-pounds with good speed and great hitting ability. After making 52 tackles with 12 broken up passes as a freshman, he was second on the team with 66 stops, three interceptions and 11 broken up passes as a sophomore.

Mike Mickens, Sr. Cincinnati
Mickens is a lockdown corner with the track speed and next level cover skills to vie for All-America honors. Far more physical than his 6-0, 170-pound frame might indicate, he had 53 tackles, six picks, and six breakups, despite being regularly ignored by quarterbacks.

Alphonso Smith, Sr. Wake Forest

The 5-9, 191-pound Smith is the star of a good secondary. He's a feast or famine cornerback who’ll get burned at times, but compensates with a slew of big plays. An instinctive pass defender who craves the pick, he had 44 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and a nation’s-leading eight interceptions. Three of those interceptions were returned for scores, a testament to his playmaking ability.

DeAndre Wright, Sr. New Mexico
The strength of the team is at corner where Wright, a first team All-Mountain West selection, is back after making 36 tackles and three interceptions with nine broken up passes. A premier kick returner as well as one of the league's top cover corners, the senior is fast, can hit, and is still getting better. At 5-11 and 193 pounds he has good size and he's not afraid to use it.