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2007 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - WRs

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by BoltsFanUK, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    2007 CFN Preseason First Team All-Americans

    Earl Bennett, Jr. Vanderbilt
    If Bennett played for Florida or LSU, he'd likely be everyone's preseason First-Team All-American. The two-time All-SEC star has been unstoppable catching 161 passes for 2,022 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons, and has the attention of NFL scouts that first saw him work well with Jay Cutler in 2005. At 6-1 and 202 pounds, he has the size to outmuscle most corners to go with the speed to run by the mediocre ones. Few players in the nation are better when they get into a groove with nine career games with eight catches are more. Just ask Kentucky how hard it is to handle the junior, who caught 24 passes for 319 yards and six touchdowns in the two meetings with the Wildcats.

    Mario Manningham, Jr. Michigan
    A case could've been made that the 6-0, 181-pound Manningham was the best player in college football over the first half of the season before he suffered a knee injury against Michigan State. After starting off the year with five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in wins over Vanderbilt and Central Michigan, he exploded with three straight 100-yard games and eight touchdown catches in four weeks, including a 113-yard, two-score effort in the pivotal win over Wisconsin and a four-catch, 137-yard, three score performance against Notre Dame. He returned late in the year, but wasn't quite the same despite catching 12 passes for 165 yards against Ohio State and USC. Most known for his last second touchdown catch to beat Penn State in the 2005 classic, he's a big-play target with sub-4.4 speed. Now he has to prove he can hold up.

    Preseason 25 Best Receivers
    1. Mario Manningham, Jr. Michigan
    2. Earl Bennett, Jr. Vanderbilt
    3. DeSean Jackson, Jr. California
    4. Davone Bess, Jr. Hawaii
    5. Malcolm Kelly, Jr. Oklahoma
    6. Sammie Strougher, Sr. Oregon State
    7. Dorien Bryant, Sr. Purdue
    8. Limas Sweed, Sr. Texas
    9. Adarius Bowman, Sr. Oklahoma State
    10. Percy Harvin, Soph. Florida
    11. Keenan Burton, Sr. Kentucky
    12. Jarett Dillard, Jr. Rice
    13. Marcus Monk, Sr. Arkansas
    14. Harry Douglas, Sr. Louisville
    15. James Hardy, Jr. Indiana
    16. Andre Caldwell, Sr. Florida
    17. Early Doucet, Sr. LSU
    18. Taj Smith, Sr. Syracuse
    19. Todd Blythe, Sr. Iowa State
    20. Jason Rivers, Sr. Hawaii
    21. Greg Carr, Jr. Florida State
    22. Chris Williams, Jr. New Mexico State
    23. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Soph. Maryland
    24. Mario Urrutia, Jr. Louisville
    25. Darius Reynaud, Sr. West Virginia

    2007 CFN Preseason Second Team All-Americans

    Davone Bess, Jr. Hawaii
    The Hawaii receiving corps is loaded and should blow up with an even bigger season. The best of the bunch is the 5-10, 195-pound Bess, who led the team with 96 catches for 1,220 yards and 15 touchdowns at the inside H. That's a career for most receivers, and his two-year total is something otherworldly with 185 grabs for 2,344 yards and 29 scores. He's lightning quick, always open and as glue fingered as they come. A consistent scorer, with at least one touchdown in seven straight games last season, he also shows up in prime time with some of his biggest games coming against Boise State, Nevada, Purdue and Oregon State. He'll play at the next level.

    DeSean Jackson, Jr. California
    The headliner of the great Cal receiving corps will once again be Jackson, arguably the single most flammable offensive player in the country. The definition of a long ball hitter, he parlayed 59 receptions, 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns into a spot on the All-Pac-10 first team. Also a great punt returner and runner, he'll get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways.


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