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2009 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - OTs
LSU OT Ciron Black
LSU OT Ciron Black
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Posted Aug 11, 2009


CFN 2009 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Offensive Tackles

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2009 1st Team All-Americans

Russell Okung, Sr. Oklahoma State
The 6-6, 305-pound junior might have been the first tackle taken in last year's draft had he decided to come out early, and now it's salary drive time. Phenomenal against top-shelf pass rusher, highlighted by the job done against Texas star Brian Orakpo. He's an exceptional athlete who's a sure-thing All-American and the anchor of one of the nation's best lines.

Trent Williams, Sr. Oklahoma
While the NFL scouts are conflicted on just how good the 6-5, 318-pound senior is, and are wondering if he's a next-level left tackle or will be tagged with the dreaded right-tackle-only label, all that matters is that he's back as one of the nation's top blockers. He's also the only returning starter up front and will have the spotlight on after moving from right tackle to the left to replace Phil Loadholt. The first-team All-Big 12 selection is a decent athlete for his status and is good in pass protection, but he's a superstar on running plays.

25 Best Offensive Tackles
1. Russell Okung, Sr. Oklahoma State
2. Trent Williams, Sr. Oklahoma
3. Ciron Black, Sr., LSU
4. Bryan Bulaga, Jr., Iowa
5. Zane Beadles, Sr. Utah
6. Adam Ulatoski, Sr. Texas
7. Anthony Davis, Jr., Rutgers
8. Anthony Castonzo, Jr., Boston College
9. Matt Reynolds, Soph. BYU
10. John Jerry, Sr. Ole Miss
11. Shawn Lauvao, Sr. USC
12. Charles Brown, Sr. USC
13. Trinton Sturdivant, Soph., Georgia
14. Kyle Calloway, Sr., Iowa
15. Will Barker, Sr. Virginia
16. Marshall Newhouse, Sr. TCU
17. Sam Young, Sr., Notre Dame
18. Jason Pinkston, Jr., Pitt
19. Mike Gallett, Jr., Nevada
20. Jeff Linkenbach, Sr., Cincinnati
21. Jason Fox, Sr. Miami
22. Byron Bell, Soph. New Mexico
23. Alonzo Burham, Sr. Nevada
24. Phillip Swanson, Jr., Western Michigan
25. Nate Solder, Jr. Colorado
2009 2nd Team

Ciron Black, Sr., LSU

Black came back for his senior season after finishing second-team All-SEC and after a strong season as the steady 13-game starter at left tackle. There have been varying reports on his draft stock with some scouts projecting him as a late first rounder and others questioning his all-around athleticism as a possible NFL left tackle. No matter what his future at the next level, the 6-5, 325-pounder is a dominating run blocker who hasn't been bad against the SEC speed rushers. He's a smart, tough blocker who should be on the short list for All-America consideration.

Bryan Bulaga, Jr., Iowa
The 6-6, 315-pound junior came into last season as a possible starting guard with enough versatility to move outside. He ended the year as a rock of a starting left tackle who has started 18 games up front and who's now being mentioned among the top NFL offensive lineman prospects. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after dominating for the Iowa running game. While he still needs a little work and polish as a pass blocker, with his size and athleticism he'll be under the scouting microscope all year and will be the anchor for the line.


Honorable Mention

Zane Beadles, Sr. Utah
The Ute line gets enough talent back to be solid, led by the top left tackle. The 6-4, 305-pound junior could’ve left early for the NFL, and likely would’ve been a top 100 pick, but he’s back for another season and should be on most All-America short lists. While he’s not a brick wall of a pass blocker, he’s good enough to get by and is a devastating run blocker. A star recruit when he came to Utah, he has lived up to the hype.

Anthony Castonzo, Jr., Boston College
True to its personality, the Boston College offense will be built around a formidable front wall. Four starters and five lettermen return to a unit that’ll look to set the tone for the entire program. The star is the 6-7, 287-pound Castonzo, who is on the fast track to being a high NFL draft choice when he leaves the Heights. A third-year starter, he made a seamless transition from right tackle to left tackle, displaying the long arms and light feet of an All-ACC second-teamer.

Anthony Davis, Jr., Rutgers
Those Rutgers fans looking for a reason to get excited can feast their eyes on this offensive line, which returns all five starters and might be the Big East’s best unit. The front man will be the 6-6, 325-pound Davis, a next-level blocker, coming off an all-star season. After playing right guard as a rookie, he made a seamless transition to left tackle, flashing the power and agility of a budding star. With continued development, he’ll be in a position to seriously consider leaving early for the NFL at the end of the season.

John Jerry, Sr. Ole Miss
Back in his starting spot at right tackle is Jerry, who started most of the 2007 season at guard and was a rock on the outside last season, starting every game. At 6-5 and 350 pounds, he's a little too big to be a steady pass protector with too much bulk, but he was surprisingly good against speed rushers. With three years of starting experience under his belt, he's a solid, reliable all-around blocker who'll earn All-SEC honors.
 
Matt Reynolds, Soph. BYU
The anchor of a rebuilding Cougar line will be Reynolds, an All-Mountain West star and the one who keeps QB Max Hall upright. The 6-6, 320-pound sophomore is one of the top recruits the program has ever landed, and he showed why in his first season as a starter at left tackle. He was the Utah High School Player of the Year in 2005 and could've gone anywhere, and now he'll be the one the offense works around and runs behind on key plays.

Adam Ulatoski, Sr. Texas
The star of a good Longhorn line is Ulatoski, a 6-7, 306-pound all-star who can play either tackle spot and excel. He proved he could be rock-solid on the right side, and last year he became terrific on the left side after coming back healthy from a knee injury. He’s a solid run blocker who’s getting better and better in pass protection. While he has a few problems with speed rushers, when he gets his long arms on a defender, it’s over.