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CFN 2010 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
1. Luke Stocker, Sr. Tennessee
The 6-6, 253-pound Stocker could've gone early and been a top 100 NFL draft pick, and now he'll be on the All-SEC and All-America tight end short list. He's a do-it-all player who caught 29 passes for 389 yards and five touchdowns as a reliable target and one of the team's best route runners. A bulldozer of a blocker, he's underappreciated for his ability to pound away down the field. Under the new coaching staff, he should blow up with more passes coming his way.
CFN 2010 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
2. Kyle Rudolph, Jr. Notre Dame
Rudolph is one of the nation's most talented tight ends and would be a key part of an NFL attack if he could've left early. At 6-6 and 265 pounds, he has the size, the quickness, and the hands to act like a huge wide receiver, finishing third on the team with 33 catches for 364 yards and three scores. He got hurt late in the year suffering a shoulder injury that ended things three games early, and he didn't catch a touchdown pass after week five, but he's good enough to become an even bigger part of the offense and on the short list for All-America honors.
CFN 2010 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
3. D.J. Williams, Sr. Arkansas
In the hunt for All-America honors will be Williams has the skills to the NFL right now. Only 6-2, but 251 pounds, he's built more like a fullback, but he has phenomenal hands catching 61 passes for 732 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore before making 32 grabs for 411 yards and three scores last year. With the upgrade in wide receiver he wasn't needed quite as much, but he still produced whenever he got the chance … against the mediocre. While he caught seven passes for 137 yards against South Carolina, he was shut out against Florida, Ole Miss, and LSU, and he was held to two catches for 26 yards against Alabama. The talent is there to become a 50-catch playmaker and a go-to target across the middle.
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4. Lance Kendricks, Sr. Wisconsin
Next … Travis Beckum was an All-American, Garrett Graham was the underappreciated go-to, down the middle target over the last two years, and now the 6-4, 239-pound Kendricks will be the Badgers' star tight end. The team's fourth-leading receiver last year despite being the No. 2 tight end, he made 29 catches for 356 yards and three touchdowns and was fabulous against Miami with seven catches for 128 yards. He's a decent enough blocker to get by, but he's mostly a receiver-like playmaker who can stretch the field and create tremendous mismatches.
5. George Bryan, Jr. NC State
Bryan has been a revelation since arriving without a firm position three years ago. In his first full season as the starter, he parlayed 40 catches for 422 yards and six touchdowns into a spot on the All-ACC first team. At 6-5 and 265 pounds, he possesses the outstanding balance, agility, and hands to ponder early entry to the NFL at the conclusion of the regular season. He has developed that quickly in Raleigh.
6. Ben Guidugli, Sr. Cincinnati
Guidugli provides the Bearcats with a unique and valuable weapon at tight end. While not to be confused with an intimidating in-line blocker, the 6-0, 237-pounder is more of an H-back, catching a career-high 27 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns. He has soft hands and the athleticism to make difficult catches down the seam. When he gets the wind at his back, he'll attack defenders like a fullback on the loose.
7. Jeffery Anderson, Sr. UAB
Not to be forgotten among the pass-catchers is the 6-3, 255-pound Anderson , UAB's oft-used tight end. One of the most underrated players in the country at the position, he was second on the team with 26 catches for 398 yards and five touchdowns, giving him nine career scores on 64 receptions. With good hands and the gait to stretch the seam, he could have a career in the NFL.
8. Weslye Saunders, Sr. South Carolina
While fullback Patrick DiMarco will spend plenty of time at tight end, more often than not it'll be the massive 6-6, 273-pound Saunders who'll see time after finishing third on the team with 32 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns … as long as he doesn't get in any trouble with the NCAA after going to a questionable party thrown by an agent. Almost like a third tackle who can move just enough to get open in the passing game on a regular basis, he gouged Georgia for eight catches for 96 yards and became a factor over the second half of the year with two catches or more in six of the last seven games.
9. Lee Smith, Sr. Marshall
Marshall has to be one of the few programs in America that can lose a player of Cody Slate's caliber and still feel good about its situation at tight end. Smith got thrust into the spotlight after Slate was injured, responding with 23 catches for 335 yards. A hulking 6-6, 267-pound Tennessee transfer, he played well enough to consider early entry into the 2010 NFL Draft. Wisely, he was patient, knowing that a full season as the regular could do wonders for his stock. He has the size and strength to impersonate a guard on running plays, yet also has the soft hands to win the confidence of the quarterbacks on intermediate routes.
10. Drake Dunsmore, Jr. Northwestern
Working in a Superback role, a hybrid of tight end and fullback, will once again be Dunsmore , a 6-3, 235-pound junior who finished third last year (and is the team's leading returning receiver) with 47 catches for 523 yards and three scores. More of a receiving tight end than a blocker, he'll be even more of a safety valve coming off a steady year with nine catches against both Syracuse and Auburn. He has a shoulder problem he's trying to get past, but he's expected to be fine to start the season.
11. Mike McNeill, Sr. Nebraska
12. Chris Pantale, Soph. Boston College
13. Joe Halahuni, Jr. Oregon State
14. Cameron Graham, Sr. Louisville
15. Anthony Miller, Jr. California
16. Virgil Green, Sr. Nevada
17. Charlie Gantt, Sr. Michigan State
18. Andrew Jones, Jr. Missouri
19. Ryan Griffin, Soph. Connecticut
20. A.J. Simmons, Jr. Arizona
21. DeAngelo Peterson, Jr. LSU
22. Dwayne Allen, Soph. Clemson
23. Konrad Reuland, Sr. Stanford
24. Marcus Green, Jr. Mississippi State
25. Tim Biere, Jr. Kansas
26. Mike Ragone, Jr. Notre Dame
27. Aron White, Jr. Georgia
28. Ladarius Green, Jr. Louisiana
29. Eric Peitz. Sr. Colorado State
30. Jack Doyle, Soph. WKU