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2010 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Cs
Florida C Mike Pouncey
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Posted Aug 17, 2010


CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Centers



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All-Americans & Top 30 Players


2010 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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CFN 2010 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

1. Mike Pouncey, Sr. Florida
Pouncey looks like his brother both on and off the field, Pittsburgh Steeler and first round draft pick, Maurkice, but he’s not quite the same talent. That’s not a slap; he’s still really, really good and could end up earning All-America honors moving from guard to center. The 6-4, 310-pounder is a pounding blocker who blasts away for the ground game and he’s among the SEC’s most physical blockers. He’s still not a finished product in the middle in place of his brother, and he has to be more consistent with his shotgun snaps, but he’ll be more than fine and should be on the short list of Rimington Award candidates if he stays at center. There’s a chance he could move back to his right guard spot where he helped protect Tim Tebow’s blind side (and moved to the left side when Tebow got hurt and the right handed John Brantley was in), and he’s talented enough to play tackle if desperately needed.

CFN 2010 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

2. Tim Barnes, Sr. Missouri
Missouri has become a factory for strong centers, and Barnes is keeping up the tradition. The 6-4, 310-pounder had a good season in the middle of the Tiger line, but he wasn’t elite and didn’t step up his play quite as much as expected. Even so, he has lived up to his billing as one of the team’s top recruits a few years ago as he has grown into the job. While he’ll get more of a look at guard at the next level, he should be an all-star center in his final season at Mizzou.

CFN 2010 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

3. Colin Baxter, Sr. Arizona
The rock in the middle for the Wildcats is the 6-4, 295-pound Baxter, a versatile veteran and a reigning All-Pac-10 second team selection. Entering his third season as a starter, he’s an ideal figure at the pivot, bringing the leadership of a team captain and the durability that this unit desperately needs. He’s got the strong hands of a former wrestler and enough flexibility to do the splits, a unique combination for a lineman. Quick off the snap and tough at the point of contact, he’s poised for a return engagement on the all-conference team.

BEST OF THE REST

4. Zane Taylor, Sr. Utah
After making a big move to center, Taylor is poised and ready for another All-Mountain West season after earning second-team honors last year. The 6-2, 309-pound senior is a very smart, very tough quarterback for the offense and was a rock after moving over from right guard. After starting out as a defensive tackle, he has become a whale of a blocker and he should close out his career as the league’s top center.

5. Sean Bedford, Sr. Georgia Tech
Just two starters return to an offensive line that holds the key to the success of the vaunted Tech ground game. Depth is going to come at a premium in 2009. The new line leader is going to be the 6-1, 274-pound Bedford , last year’s All-ACC first team center. A revelation in his first year as a starter, he’s come a long way since being a walk-on defensive tackle four years ago. Though undersized, he’s rugged and agile, and plenty smart enough to flourish at calling signals for the group.

6. Kristofer O’Dowd, Sr. USC
The enigma of the group is the 6-5, 300-pound O’Dowd. An immense talent at the pivot, he’s been slowed by injuries recently and was limited to just seven starts in 2009. Yet, just two years ago, he was All-Pac-10 first team and considered one of the premier players in the nation at the position. When playing at full strength, he’s the total package here, blending light feet and power with the leadership, toughness, and communication skills of a long-time starter. The Trojans need him to be at his best this fall.

7. Ben Habern, Jr. Oklahoma
Very quietly, Habern came up with a nice year taking over for mainstay Jon Cooper. The 6-3, 288-pounder has had an ankle problem in his first two seasons and missed the last two games of last year with it, but he was able to get a year of eligibility back after getting hurt in his freshman campaign. Extremely talented, he was one of the nation’s top center recruits and has all-star potential if he can last the season.

8. Ryan McMahon, Sr. Florida State
At the pivot will be, McMahon, a cagey veteran who was a one-time defensive tackle who has started all 39 games of his collegiate career and graded out at 80% a year ago. Durable, reliable, and generally mistake-free, he’s a whistle-to-whistle blocker, with a tireless motor. A perennial candidate for the Rimington Award, he doesn’t intimidate at 6-1 and 284 pounds, but gives the program every ounce of effort and is a positive influence to his teammates.

9. Jake Kirkpatrick, Sr. TCU
Kirkpatrick took over the center job in place of all-star Blake Schlueter and became a second-team All-Mountain West performer. At 6-3 and 305 pounds he’s very big, very aggressive for the ground game, and he’s still growing into the job. A relative newcomer to football, he progressed enough to be a finalist for the Rimington Trophy last year, and now he’ll be on several preseason All-America teams with spotlight on.

10. David Molk, Jr. Michigan
Molk is a great talent who could be an all-star … if he stays healthy. The 6-2, 270-pounder isn’t all that big, but he’s a great athlete and he moves well. He can’t stay on the field suffering a foot injury last year and missing the last month of the season with a knee problem, but he’s expected to be all set to go by the start of the year. One of the nation’s top center recruits in 2007, he has been athletic and more than just solid whenever he has been in, but he can’t be counted on for a full 12 games.

11. Michael Brewster, Jr. Ohio State
12. Sampson Genus, Sr. South Florida
13. Alex Linnenkohl, Sr. Oregon State
14. Chase Beeler, Sr. Stanford
15. Ryan Pugh, Sr. Auburn
16. Dan Wegner, Sr. Notre Dame
17. Colin Miller, Sr. Central Michigan
18. Peter Konz, Soph. Wisconsin
19. D.J. Burris, Sr. Minnesota
20. Ben Lamaak, Sr. Iowa State
21. Moe Petrus, Jr. Connecticut
22. T-Bob Hebert, Jr. LSU
23. David Snow, Jr. Texas
24. Ben Bojicic, Jr. Bowling Green
25. Lon Roberts, Sr. Louisiana Tech
26. Cameron Zipp, Sr. Southern Miss
27. Tyler Clark, Sr. Troy
28. Beau Warren, Sr. Virginia Tech
29. Brad Serini, Sr. FIU
30. Trask Iosefa, Sr. San Diego State