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2009 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - DTs
Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
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Posted Aug 11, 2009


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

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2009 1st Team All-Americans

Gerald McCoy, Jr., Oklahoma
McCoy was the 2006 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year coming out of high school and was one of the program's top recruits in a class of superstar prospects. He has lived up to the hype and then some following up Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year campaign by making 30 tackles, with 6.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and an interception on the way to an All-America season. The 6-4, 297-pounder is exceptionally quick off the ball and is a proven anchor against the run. A sure-thing first round draft pick if he chooses to leave early, he could end up being a top ten selection if he has another big year. He's on the short list of Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Ndamukong Suh, Sr. Nebraska
Suh isn't the best defensive tackle in the country, he's probably the most productive stat-wise. The 6-4, 300-pound senior has always had all-star potential and he has always had the tools, but he was never able to put it all together. Enter Bo Pelini and the new coaching staff, and now Suh might be a top five overall draft pick next season. He has the total package with tremendous speed and quickness to go along with his size. He did everything for the defensive front with a team-leading 76 tackles with 7.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He even came up with two interceptions with one going for a 49-yard touchdown against San Jose State and one going 30 yards for a score against Colorado. The one slight concern is a former knee injury, but it wasn't an issue last year and it's not expected to be a problem this season.


25 Best Tackles

1. Gerald McCoy, Jr. Oklahoma
2. Ndamukong Suh, Sr. Nebraska
3. Brian Price, Jr. UCLA
4. Terrence Cody, Sr. Alabama
5. Marvin Austin, Jr. North Carolina
6. Arthur Jones. Sr. Syracuse
7. Brandon Graham, Sr. Michigan
8. Jared Odrick, Sr. Penn State
9. Ian Williams, Jr. Notre Dame
10. Vince Oghobaase, Sr. Duke
11. Malcolm Sheppard, Sr. Arkansas
12. Scooter Berry, Jr. West Virginia
13. Geno Atkins, Sr. Georgia
14. Lawrence Guy, Soph. Arizona State
15. Lamarr Houston, Sr. Texas
16. John Fletcher, Sr. Wyoming
17. Nate Frazier, Sr. Navy
18. Terrell McClain, Jr. South Florida
19. Mick Williams, Sr. Pitt
20. Andre Neblett, Sr. Temple
21. Boo Robinson, Sr. Wake Forest
22. Mitch Unrein, Sr. Wyoming
23. D'Anthony Smith, Sr. Louisiana Tech
24. Adrian Taylor, Jr. Oklahoma
25. Almondo Sewell, Jr. Akron
2009 2nd Team

Terrence Cody, Sr., Alabama
Cody should be in the NFL right now, and he could be a top 20 pick next year if he gets in better shape. "Mount Cody" is on his way getting down from 380 pounds to around 365 and he should be a sure-thing All-America performer if he can stay healthy. Last year's superstar JUCO transfer is a rock of a tackle and is a true anchor on the nose, finishing his first year with 34 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. It's not about stats for Cody; it's about being impossible to run around him. He's the main reason the run defense is so strong.

Brian Price, Jr., UCLA
The unrivaled star of the entire UCLA program is the 6-2, 295-pound junior, one of the premier defensive tackles in America. An All-Pac-10 first teamer and a candidate to leave early for the NFL draft, he’s on the verge of out growing the college game. Explosive off the snap and strong at the point of attack, he 35 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks, huge numbers for an inside lineman. Even more important, he plays with the determination of an underclassmen trying to win a spot on the two-deep. 

Honorable Mention

Marvin Austin, Jr., North Carolina
Austin is gearing up for his third season as a regular and the type of season that brings him national notoriety. He’s one of those explosive, disruptive interior linemen, who gets gobbled up by the NFL on the opening day of the draft. At 6-3 and 300 pounds, he’s quick off the snap and able to use his upper body strength to gain an edge. Voted the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, he had 38 tackles and a sack, modest numbers for his abilities.

Arthur Jones, Sr., Syracuse
Jones, one of the best nose tackles in America, has been one of the team's few bright spots. He can play for anyone, and will be playing this fall for a lucrative NFL contract. First, he’ll need to complete his rehab from a torn pectoral muscle suffered before spring. A two-time All-Big East selection, he has the size and strength to stuff the run and the quickness and technique to live in opposing backfields. Over the last two seasons, he’s accounted for 111 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

Jared Odrick, Sr., Penn State
The star of the Nittany Lion front four will be Odrick, a 6-5, 306-pound all-star who made 41 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss from his spot at left tackle. While not necessarily an afterthought going into last year, considering he was coming off a broken ankle, no one expected a first-team All-Big Ten campaign. Extremely quick and very tough, he doesn't get pushed around against the run and he feasts on slow guards. It'll be a shock if he's not considered for several All-America teams.

Vince Oghobaase, Sr., Duke
Oghobaase decided to return for his senior year, it ensured that the Blue Devils would have an anchor up front and a solid overall defensive line. A likely high draft choice next April, he attracts all kinds of attention from opposing linemen, freeing up his teammates to make plays. He blends power and quickness into a 6-6, 300-pound frame, fighting through double teams to make stops for negative yards. As a junior, he had 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and six sacks, all-star numbers for an interior lineman.

Malcolm Sheppard, Sr., Arkansas
The star of the Hog defensive front is Sheppard, a 6-2, 280-pound senior who's good enough to play either tackle spot, even though he's better when he's not on the nose. The All-SEC performer was second on the team with 68 tackles and led the way with 6.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 12 quarterback hurries. Extremely quick for his size, he's a blur into the backfield against most interior offensive linemen, and while he doesn't always close and come up with the sack. he's always providing pressure and collapsing the pocket.
 
Ian Williams, Jr. Notre Dame
There's no coincidence that the Irish defensive front got a lot better as Williams improved. The 6-2, 310-pound junior is a rock on the nose making 40 tackles with two tackles for loss, and while he's not going to be a pass rusher, and he's not going to collapse the pocket, he's the team's anchor to work around with tremendous strength and just enough lateral quickness to eat up everything on the inside. A starter from day one, he's expected to make an even bigger leap in production.

Vince Oghobaase, Sr., Duke
Oghobaase decided to return for his senior year, it ensured that the Blue Devils would have an anchor up front and a solid overall defensive line. A likely high draft choice next April, he attracts all kinds of attention from opposing linemen, freeing up his teammates to make plays. He blends power and quickness into a 6-6, 300-pound frame, fighting through double teams to make stops for negative yards. As a junior, he had 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and six sacks, all-star numbers for an interior lineman.
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