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2008 CFN Midseason All-America Teams

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 15, 2008


Oh the time does fly by. Welcome to the halfway point of the 2008 college football season. Here are the best and the brightest stars so far as Colt McCoy, Andre Smith and Scott McKillop lead the way for the 2008 CFN Midseason All-America teams.

2008 CFN Mid-Season All-America Teams
 
Midseason Reports Coming Friday

Scroll down for the Second Team and the Honorable Mentions

2008 First Team Midseason All-American Offense

- 2006 CFN Midseason All-America Teams
- 2007 CFN Midseason All-America Teams


QB - Colt McCoy, Jr. Texas
McCoy is the main man on the nation's number one team completing 131-of-165 passes for 1,557 yards and 17 touchdowns with three interceptions.


RB - Donald Brown, Jr. Connecticut
The nation's leading rusher has produced even though every defense has been fully focused on stopping him. Brown is averaging 178 yards per game with 12 touchdowns and a 5.96-yard-per-carry average.

RB - Javon Ringer, Sr. Michigan State
Talk about being a workhorse, Ringer has run the ball 247 times so far, Brown is second in carries with 179, with 1,112 yards and a nation-leading 14 rushing touchdowns. He has carried the Michigan State offense to a fantastic season.

WR - Dez Bryant, Soph. Oklahoma State
Bryant has three, three-touchdown catch games this year highlighted by a nine-grab, 236-yard, three-score day against Houston. In his "down" games he's still been impressive catching seven passes against Washington State and seven against Missouri. He's also one of the nation's elite kick and punt returners.

WR - Eric Decker, Jr. Minnesota
Decker has been one of the main reasons for Minnesota's emergence as a living, breathing Big Ten team. He leads the nation in receiving yards averaging 111.7 per game with a nation-leading 59 catches. He's averaging 13.5 yards per grab with five touchdowns.

TE - Chase Coffman, Sr. Missouri
Jeremy Maclin is Mizzou's most dangerous target, but Coffman has been the go-to guy averaging 7.33 grabs per game with 554 yards and three touchdowns so far.

OL - Michael Oher, Sr. Ole Miss
The star pro prospect has given new starting QB Jevan Snead time to work while handling every team's top speed rusher.

OL - Alex Mack, Sr. California
Widely considered to be the nation's best center, he is once again having a dominant year leading the underappreciated Cal offense.

OL - Dallas Reynolds, Sr. BYU
BYU has allowed a mere two sacks on the season. QB Max Hall gets all the credit, but he's being given ten days to throw behind Reynolds and the strong Cougar offensive front.

OL - A.Q. Shipley, Sr. Penn State
QB Daryll Clark is good, but he's not that good. He's getting to play behind an elite line led by Shipley, who's also leading the way for an unstoppable running game. He's destroying defensive tackles this year.

OL - Andre Smith, Jr. Alabama
Yeah, he had a few problems against Kentucky, but for the most part Smith has played like the top five draft pick he'll be whenever he's ready to head for the NFL. There's a reason the previously mediocre Alabama offense has become fantastic.

PK - Louie Sakoda, Sr. Utah
Arguably the best all-around kicker in America, Sakoda leads the nation with 15 field goals, and they're not cheap. He hit a 50-yard bomb against Wyoming and saved the day against Michigan by
connecting on all four of his field goals, including a 53-yarder, and averaging 47 yards on his six punts.

KR - Derrick Williams, Sr. Penn State
He might not lead the nation in kickoff returns (he's second), but he's been a devastating game-ender. He has two kickoff returns for scores and a punt return for a touchdown.

2008 First Team Midseason All-American Defense

DL - Terrance Cody, Soph. Alabama

The big, way-too-big, JUCO transfer only has 15 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, but he's the main reason the Alabama defensive front has been such a brick wall. Everything about the nation's No. 2 run defense revolves around the anchor in the middle.

DL - Aaron Maybin, Soph. Penn State

The leader of the Penn State line that has suffered a slew of suspensions and injuries, Maybin has been dominant throughout the year with nine sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 29 tackles.

DL - Paul Kruger, Soph. Utah
Kruger is an unstoppable pass rushing force who's working around a good line to make 5.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and 34 stops. He's been consistent and dangerous.

DL - Brian Orakpo, Sr. Texas
The light has gone on as Orakpo has gone from good to special. Way too fast for everyone, including Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt last week, Orakpo has made 7.5 sacks with 23 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

LB - Scott McKillop, Sr. Pitt
One of the nation's leading tacklers, making 52 tackles with a whopping 37 solo stops, he picked up where he left off at the end of last year. He also leads the Big East with nine tackles for loss to go along with three sacks.

LB - Brandon Spikes, Jr. Florida
After missing the opening game, Spikes has been unbelievable with 13 tackles against Ole Miss and 46 stops on the year. His numbers don't show what he's been able to do. With questions on the defensive front, Spikes has turned in a special season as the leader of the front seven.

LB - Sean Weatherspoon, Jr. Missouri
An all-over-the-field playmaker, Weatherspoon has been to the Missouri defense what Chase Daniel has been to the offense. Weatherspoon has made 65 tackles so far with three interceptions, 2.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

DB - Eric Berry, Soph. Tennessee
The defense has actually been fine; it's the offense that's the problem. Berry has been the sheriff in the secondary with 34 tackles, an SEC-leading four interceptions and two broken up passes with two sacks.

DB - Trevard Lindley, Jr. Kentucky
Lindley has picked off three passes and has made 18 tackles. He took a pick for a touchdown against South Carolina and has been a major playmaker with a UK career-record 30 broken up passes.

DB - Alphonso Smith, Jr. Wake Forest
One of the nation's premier cover corners, Smith has made three interceptions with 14 tackles with 10 broken up passes.

DB - Otis Wiley, Sr. Michigan State
The safety has lived up to expectations and then some. The big-hitting playmaker has 38 tackles with a Big Ten leading four interceptions and 11 broken up passes.

P - Jacob Richardson, Sr. Miami Univ.
Richardson leads the nation averaging 48.76 yards per kick. On a bad team with a lousy offense, he's been able to bail the RedHawks out of jams.

PR - Trindon Holliday, Jr. LSU
He has only returned seven punts, but he's been dynamic averaging a nation-leading 25.14 yards per try with a touchdown. He's averaging almost three yards per return more than the nation's No. 2 man.

CFN Midseason Second Team All-America Offense
QB - Sam Bradford, Soph. Oklahoma
RB - Shonn Greene, Jr. Iowa
RB - MiQuale Lewis, Jr. Ball State

WR - Michael Crabtree, Jr. Texas Tech
WR - Jeremy Maclin, Soph. Missouri
TE - Dennis Pitta, Jr. BYU
OL - Rodney Hudson, Soph. Florida State
OL - Duke Robinson, Sr. Oklahoma
OL - Herman Johnson, Sr. LSU
OL - Louis Vasquez, Sr. Texas Tech

OL - Eric Wood, Sr. Louisville
PK - Brett Swenson, Jr. Michigan State
KR - Bryan Williams, Jr. Akron

CFN Midseason Second Team All-America Defense
DL - Alex Carrington, Jr. Arkansas State
DL - Phillip Hunt, Sr. Houston
DL - Nick Reed, Sr. Oregon
DL - Sen'Derrick Marks, Jr. Auburn
LB - Frantz Joseph, Sr. Florida Atlantic
LB - Brit Miller, Sr. Illinois
LB - James Laurinaitis, Sr. Ohio State
DB - Emmanuel Cook, Sr. South Carolina
DB - Trimaine Goddard, Sr. North Carolina
DB - D.J. Moore, Jr. Vanderbilt
DB - Syd'Quan Thompson, Jr. California
P - Justin Brantly, Sr. Texas A&M
PR - Brandon James, Jr. Florida

2008 Honorable Mention Midseason All-American Offense
QB - Chase Daniel, Sr. Missouri
RB - Tyrell Fenroy, Sr. UL Lafayette
RB - Kendall Hunter, Soph. Oklahoma State
WR - Jarett Dillard, Sr. Rice
WR - Percy Harvin, Jr. Florida
TE - Jared Cook, Jr. South Carolina
OL - Mark Tennant, Jr. Boston College
OL - Jeff Byars, Sr USC
OL - Jason Smith, Sr. Baylor

OL - Ryan Stancheck, Sr. West Virginia
PK - Sam Swank, Sr. Wake Forest
KR - Joe Burnett, Sr. UCF

2008 Honorable Mention Midseason All-American Defense
DL - Brandon Graham, Jr. Michigan
DL - Mitch King, Sr. Iowa
DL - Myron Pryor, Sr. Kentucky
DL - Jake Paulson, Sr. Air Force
LB - Gerald McRath, Jr. Southern Miss
LB - Joe Pawelek, Jr. Baylor
LB - Quan Sturdivant, Soph. North Carolina
DB - David Bruton, Sr. Notre Dame
DB - Jeron Johnson, Soph. Boise State
DB - Mike Mickens, Sr. Cincinnati
DB - Derrick Richardson, Sr. New Mexico State
P - Kevin Huber, Sr. Cincinnati
PR - Dez Bryant, Jr. Oklahoma State