2010 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - Safety
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CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Safeties
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CFN 2010 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
1. FS Deunta Williams, Sr., North Carolina
Carolina's all-conference free safety is the 6-2, 210-pound Williams, who's entering his fourth season as a starter. A do-it-all defensive back, he can hit like a linebacker and defend the pass as well as some cornerbacks, picking off six passes last season and a dozen for his career. He has the combination of size, speed, and focus to light up unsuspecting receivers and jump routes when opposing quarterbacks least expect it.
2. SS Mark Barron, Jr. Alabama
Barron had one of the best under-the-radar seasons of anyone in America. The 6-2, 214-pound safety is the only returning starter in the secondary, and he's a great one finishing second on the team with 76 tackles with seven interceptions and 11 broken up passes. He has the speed, size, and tackling ability to have a long career at the next level, but first he'll be on the short list for everyone's All-America team and should be in the hunt for the Thorpe Award.
CFN 2010 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
3. SS Tyler Sash, Jr. Iowa
Sash went from being a good-hitting safety in need of a little polish to an All-America playmaker who finished third on the team making 85 tackles with six interceptions and 5.5 tackles for loss. Extremely clutch and great when with the ball in his hands, he has amassed a whopping 350 career return yards on his 11 picks. On the short list for the Lott Trophy as one of the nation's top defensive backs, his reputation is quickly growing. At 6-1 and 210 pounds he's a big strong safety, hits like a ton of bricks, and has uncanny instincts, but he has to keep himself on the field after having problems this offseason with a shoulder injury.
4. SS DeAndre McDaniel, Sr. Clemson
The unrivaled star of the entire defense is the 6-1, 215-pound McDaniel, who put off a certain career in the NFL for one more season with the Tigers. Exceeding all expectations in his first season since switching from linebacker to strong safety, he earned All-American honors with 102 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and an ACC-high eight interceptions. The total package in the defensive backfield, he's a big hitter in run defense, yet also has the necessary ball skills and coverage awareness to excel when the ball is in the air. He's that rare safety, who'll discourage opposing quarterbacks from eyeing his spot on the field.
CFN 2010 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
5. SS Ahmad Black, Sr. Florida
It's not a bad thing when you finish second on the team in tackles and were a slight disappointment, but that's what 2009 was for Black, a speedy strong safety who made 70 stops with an interception and five broken up passes after making seven picks and 59 tackles two years ago. While he's only 5-9 and 189 pounds, he's physical for his size, is always around the ball, and is smart enough to always make the right decisions and the right play. He'll be the leader of the secondary.
6. FS Davonte Shannon, Sr. Buffalo
It's time to start including Shannon on All-America teams, and a case could be made that he's going to end his career as the greatest defensive back in the history of the MAC. The three-time all-conference performer has made 341 career stops, coming up with 123 as a freshman, 121 as a sophomore, and a team-leading 97 last year. Not just a run stuffer at free safety, he's also great at getting into the backfield with 24.5 career tackles for loss and six interceptions. The 6-0, 196-pounder has decent size, never missed a stop, and is as smart as they come with tremendous instincts to be around the ball all the time. Able to play either safety spot, he produces whenever he's on the field.
BEST OF THE REST
7. FS Rahim Moore, Jr. UCLA
The undisputed leader of the strong Bruin secondary is the 6-1, 195-pound Moore, a returning All-American and a Thorpe Award candidate. A third-year starter, with the ball-hawking skills of an elite cornerback, he had 49 tackles, three tackles for loss, and 10 interceptions, the most by an FBS player since 1993. He has outstanding field awareness and instincts, rarely getting caught out of position or being beaten through the air.
8. SS Shiloh Keo, Sr. Idaho
The pass defense might have been a disaster, but Keo was one of the WAC's best playmakers and should be a fringe All-America candidate. The 5-11, 216-pound senior led the team with 113 tackles (and his 72 solo stops alone would've made him second on the team) with a team-leading three picks and five broken up passes. He has had past problems with a shoulder injury, but he's as tough as they come against the run and he's by far the team's best player when the ball is in the air. He'll move over from free safety to make more of an overall impact as the leader of the secondary.
9. FS Robert Sands, Jr. West Virginia
West Virginia has a budding superstar on its hands. Sands always had the measurables, but began to put it all together in 2009. In his second year as a starter, he parlayed 65 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, and eight breakups into a spot on the All-Big East first team. Uniquely built at 6-5 and 221 pounds, he has the long gait and even longer wingspan to create havoc wherever he's roaming the field.
10. SS S Duke Ihenacho, Sr. San Jose State
Ihenacho is a two-time All-WAC performer following up a 55 tackle, five interception season with 89 tackles and an interception with six broken up passes. The 6-1, 210-pound safety doesn't miss tackles and is terrific when the ball is in the air. Able to work as a hybrid of safety and linebacker, he hits like a ton of bricks and makes plays all over the field. With excellent quickness and great instincts, he's the team's key defensive playmaker who'll be in the center of every play.
11. SS Ahmad Black, Sr. Florida
12. FS Janzen Jackson, Soph. Tennessee
13. SS Dom DeCicco, Sr. Pitt
14. SS Jeron Johnson, Sr. Boise State
15. FS Will Hill, Jr. Florida
16. SS Johnny Brown, Sr. Ole Miss
17. FS Brian Lainhart, Sr. Kent State
18. FS Harrison Smith, Sr. Notre Dame
19. SS Brandon Taylor, Jr. LSU
20. FS Wes Davis, Sr. Boston College
21. S Braxton Amy, Sr. UTEP
22. SS Jamail Berry, Sr. Western Michigna
23. S Sean Baker, Jr. Ball State
24. FS Chris Prosinski, Sr. Wyoming
25. FS DeAundre Brown, Jr. Tulsa
26. FS Jeremy Kellem, Sr. Middle Tenn.
27. FS Emmanuel Lamur, Jr. Kansas State
28. SS Tracy Wilson, Jr. Northern Illinois
29. SS Marcus Bartels, Jr. FAU
30. S Travis Bradshaw, Jr. Rice