2009 CFN All-Sophomore Team
Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Alabama RB Mark Ingram
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Dec 14, 2009


Who were the best second year players in college football this season? The skill position players also will have their say on the All-America teams, led by Heisman-winning RB Mark Ingram. Check out the 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team.


2009 CFN All-Sophomore Team

Offense

- 2008 CFN All-Sophomore Team
- 2009 CFN Freshman All-America Team  

- 2009 CFN Sophomore All-America Defense

Offensive Freshman of the Year: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama

Write-ups By Richard Cirminiello

First Team

QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
No, Moore doesn't possess a cannon for an arm, but that hasn't kept him from being the most efficient passer in America or one of the winningest. A surgeon with a chinstrap, he dissected defenses all year long, throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 39 touchdowns, while getting picked just three times. Maybe NFL scouts aren't paying attention quite yet, but about 100 FBS coaches would love to have him behind center.

RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
The heart and soul of that unpredictable 'Bama offense, Ingram made a quantum leap from giving breaks to Glen Coffee a year a go to being the feature back. Whether he was taking handoffs from Greg McElroy or direct snaps from center, he evolved into one of the game's most effective runners, cutting with good pad level and always plowing forward. His Heisman-contending numbers now include 1,542 yards on the ground and 18 total touchdowns.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
A full season of health afforded Rodgers the opportunity to show why he's one of the most dangerous and dynamic runners in America. A multi-dimensional weapon, he ran for 1,377 yards and 20 touchdowns, caught 74 passes for 509 yards and a score, and even threw a touchdown pass. He's one of those rare skill players, who can force a defensive coordinator to rethink his gameplan.

WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
The Sooner passing game may have taken a hit after San Bradford was injured, but you couldn't tell by looking at Broyles' production. A big-play guy, with the speed to get behind the secondary, he did all he could to keep Oklahoma from completely derailing, making a team-high 76 receptions for 964 yards and 13 total touchdowns.

WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
Though somewhat underutilized in the run-first Panther offense, Baldwin has still found a way to make 54 catches for 1,080 yards and eight touchdowns. A human mismatch at 6-5 and 225 pounds, he has the size to sky well above defensive backs and the long, smooth gait to cruise past them on deep routes.

TE George Bryan, NC State
Only a handful of tight ends have more receptions than Bryan this fall, and not one is a sophomore. Building on a solid freshman campaign, he caught 40 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns, using his 6-5, 265-pound frame to chip in on running downs as well. A first team All-ACC choice, he's evolved into one of the Wolfpack's best route-runners and most reliable pass-catcher.

OT Matt Reynolds, BYU
 A year after earning Freshman All-American honors, Reynolds is at it again as a sophomore. Surprisingly nimble for a 6-6, 329-pounder, he's had more than 60 knockdowns, yet still graded out well as the backside protector when Max Hall dropped back to pass. Named to the All-Mountain West first team, he'll be a fixture on all-star lists the next two seasons.

OG Joel Foreman, Michigan State
A two-year starter up front and one of the pillars of the Spartan offensive line, Foreman was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and the coaches. A no-nonsense, north-south type run blocker, he fits in well to what Mark Dantonio wants to accomplish with this offense.

C Ben Jones, Georgia
A rock at the pivot for the Bulldogs, Jones has blossomed into the leader of the line after two successful seasons as the starter. Extremely tough at the point of attack and surprisingly light-footed for a 6-3, 300-pounder, he should be a primary candidate for the Rimington Award next season.

OG Mark Asper, Oregon
Before the season began, a rebuilt offensive line was the biggest concern in Eugene. Asper was one of the primary Ducks who buried those worries in the early going, helping pave the road for the Pac-10's most prolific running game. A mountain of a man at 6-7 and 323 pounds, he has the raw strength to simply overpower his man.

OT Al Netter, Northwestern
One of the unsung heroes of the Wildcats' eight-win season and Outback Bowl berth, he was the blindside protector of Mike Kafka and the Big Ten's No. 2 ranked passing game. He was also named honorable mention all-conference, laying the foundation for even more honors in the second half of his career.

Second Team

QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
RB John Clay, Wisconsin
RB Montel Harris, Boston College
WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
WR Darvin Adams, Auburn
TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
OT Dan Hoch, Missouri
OG Ryan Miller, Colorado
C William Vlachos, Alabama
OG Ken Plue, Purdue
OT Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State

Third Team

QB Russell Wilson, NC State
RB Jordan Todman, Connecticut
RB Lance Dunbar, North Texas
WR A.J. Green, Georgia
WR Donovan Varner, Duke
TE Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
OT Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh
OG Alex Hoffman, Cincinnati
C Mike Brewster, Ohio State
OG Justin Cheadle, Cal
OT Mitchell Schwartz, Cal

Honorable Mention

QB: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri, Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, Zach Collaros, Cincinnati, Nick Foles, Arizona, Jacory Harris, Miami, Stephen Garcia, South Carolina, Jordan Jefferson, LSU, G.J. Kinne, Tulsa

RB: Brynn Harvey, UCF, Robert Turbin, Utah State, Ralph Bolden, Purdue, Shane Vereen, Cal, Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic, Joe Martinek, Rutgers, Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati, Jeff Demps, Florida, Chris Rainey, Florida

WR: Tandon Doss, Indiana, Greg Childs, Arkansas, Jermaine Kearse, Washington, Torrey Smith, Maryland, Chris Owusu, Stanford, Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, DeVier Posey, Ohio State, Damarlo Belcher, Indiana, Juron Criner, Arizona, Marvin McNutt, Iowa, Randall Cobb, Kentucky, Kendall Wright, Baylor, Patrick Edwards, Houston, Tyron Carrier, Houston, Phillip Payne, UNLV, Nick Toon, Wisconsin, Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech, DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss, Derek Moye, Penn State

TE: Ladarius Green, UL-Lafayette, Kavario Middleton, Washington, Brandon Barden, Vanderbilt, Brian Linthicum, Michigan State, Kevin Koger, Michigan, Anthony Miller, Cal

OL: Bradley Sowell, Ole Miss, Nate Potter, Boise State, Tyron Smith, USC, J.B. Shugarts, Ohio State, Andrew Datko, Florida State, Jeff Allen, Illinois, Don Barclay, West Virginia, Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, Bryce Harris, Fresno State, Kyle Hill, Duke, Landon Walker, Clemson, Dennis Kelly, Purdue, Jeremiah Hatch, Kansas, Seth Oxner, Arkansas, Antoine McClain, Clemson, Terence Brown, BYU, Art Forst, Rutgers, Austin Pasztor, Virginia

- 2009 CFN Sophomore All-America Defense

 










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