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November 29, 2007
Rivals.com 2007 All-America Second Team Offense
QB Chase Daniel, Missouri, Jr., 6-0/225
HIGH SCHOOL: Southlake (Texas) Carroll
BUZZ: Daniel has thrown for 3,951 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading the Tigers to the Big 12 North Division title. He ranks fourth in the nation in total offense and passing yards. Daniel quarterbacks the only team in the nation to score at least 30 points in each of its games.
RB Chris Wells, Ohio State, Soph., 6-1/225
HIGH SCHOOL: Akron (Ohio) Garfield
BUZZ: Wells arguably was the nation's hottest running back by the end of the regular season. He rushed for 821 yards in his final five games on his way to finishing the regular season with 1,463 yards and 14 touchdowns. Wells' late-season surge included a 221-yard day against Michigan State and a 222-yard effort against Michigan.
RB Kevin Smith, UCF, Jr., 6-1/211
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Southridge
BUZZ: Smith leads the nation with 2,164 rushing yards and 156 points this season ? and he has two games remaining. He already has more career rushing yards than any other college player in history in the state of Florida. He has rushed for at least 124 yards in 11 of his 12 games. Smith rushed for 320 yards against UAB, 217 yards against North Carolina State and 149 yards against Texas.
WR James Hardy, Indiana, Jr., 6-7/220
HIGH SCHOOL: Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Elmhurst
BUZZ: Hardy is the only player in Indiana history with at least 2,500 career receiving yards, 175 career catches and 35 career touchdown receptions. He ranks second in the nation with 16 touchdown receptions this season to go along with 74 catches and 1,075 receiving yards. He has caught at least two touchdown passes in five games.
WR Mario Manningham, Michigan, Jr., 6-0/181
HIGH SCHOOL: Warren (Ohio) Harding
BUZZ: Manningham has 67 receptions for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns this season to rank 11th in the nation in receiving yards per game. He has nine touchdown catches in his past six games, including the game-winning 31-yard reception with 2:28 left in a 28-24 victory over Michigan State.
TE Martin Rucker, Missouri, Sr., 6-6/255
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Joseph (Mo.) Benton
BUZZ: Rucker leads all tight ends with 75 catches. He also has 739 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He has 194 career receptions, which puts him just six catches away from Justin Gage's school record. Rucker also ranks third in school history with 2,080 career receiving yards.
OT Kirk Barton, Ohio State, Sr., 6-6/300
HIGH SCHOOL: Massillon (Ohio) Perry
BUZZ: This four-year starter served as the veteran leader for an Ohio State offense that ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring despite losing most if its top skill-position players from last season. Barton's outstanding blocking at right tackle also helped the Buckeyes allow only 14 sacks in the regular season.
OT Ryan Stanchek, West Virginia, Jr., 6-4/300
HIGH SCHOOL: Cincinnati LaSalle
BUZZ: Stanchek anchors a line that doesn't feature any seniors, yet still has helped West Virginia compile 474.8 yards of total offense per game. Stanchek's presence has helped the Mountaineers rush for 310.1 yards per game and allow only 12 sacks all season.
OG David Koenig, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-4/290
HIGH SCHOOL: Cape Coral (Fla.) High
BUZZ: Koenig has made 36 consecutive starts over the past three seasons. As Oklahoma State's starting left guard, Koenig created enough running room to allow Dantrell Savage to rush for at least 100 yards in nine consecutive games.
OG Robert Felton, Arkansas, Sr., 6-4/328
HIGH SCHOOL: Houston Cypress Creek
BUZZ: Felton entered the regular-season finale with a team-high 45 knockdown blocks this year. He has emerged as a key component for a line that has allowed just 10 sacks all year while helping Arkansas run for an SEC-leading 3,561 yards.
C Max Unger, Oregon, Jr., 6-5/300
HIGH SCHOOL: Honaunau (Hawaii) Hawaii Preparatory Academy
BUZZ: This three-year starter moved from left tackle to center this season and has helped Oregon average 5.3 yards per carry and rank seventh in the nation with 247.6 rushing yards per game. Unger has started 36 consecutive games over the past three seasons.
Rivals.com 2007 All-America Second Team Defense
DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State, Jr., 6-4/264
HIGH SCHOOL: Detroit Cass Tech
BUZZ: Gholston has 13 sacks this season while coming up huge in the Buckeyes' biggest games. He recorded four sacks in a victory over Wisconsin and delivered three more in a triumph over Michigan two weeks later. He also returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern.
DE Greg Middleton, Indiana, Soph., 6-3/265
HIGH SCHOOL: Indianapolis Pike
BUZZ: Middleton leads the nation with a school-record 16 sacks and has recorded multiple sacks in six games this season. Middleton's sack total is tied for the fourth-highest in Big Ten history. The sophomore has been a key player for the Hoosiers this season.
DT Frank Okam, Texas, Sr., 6-5/320
HIGH SCHOOL: Richardson (Texas) Lake Highlands
BUZZ: A senior leader for the Longhorns, Okam has recorded a team-high five sacks and has made 7.5 of his 33 overall tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Okam also had a fumble recovery in a win over Nebraska and played a vital role in giving the Longhorns the nation's 10th-ranked run defense.
DT Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati, Jr., 6-1/290
HIGH SCHOOL: Cincinnati Colerain
BUZZ: Byrd has collected 47 tackles ? 14 for losses ? and six sacks. He has come on strong late in the season with 8.5 tackles for loss in his past six games. He closed the regular season by recording nine tackles against West Virginia and 3.5 tackles for loss against Syracuse in back-to-back weeks.
LB J Leman, Illinois, Sr., 6-2/237
HIGH SCHOOL: Champaign (Ill.) Central
BUZZ: Leman started the season with a 20-tackle performance against Missouri and never looked back. He has collected 276 tackles over the past two seasons, including 124 this year. Leman has delivered at least eight tackles in 11 of the 12 games he has played this season.
LB Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-0/235
HIGH SCHOOL: Kingfisher (Okla.) High
BUZZ: Lofton has compiled a school-record 133 tackles this season and ranks ninth in the nation in tackles per game. He also has forced four fumbles, recovered one fumble and picked off two passes.
LB Spencer Larsen, Arizona, Sr., 6-1/240
HIGH SCHOOL: Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland
BUZZ: Larsen leads the Pac-10 with 116 tackles ? 10.5 for loss ? to along with three forced fumbles and an interception. He has recorded 67 overall stops and 10.5 tackles for loss in his past five games. Larsen had a combined 33 overall tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss against USC and Oregon.
CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, Jr., 6-1/202
HIGH SCHOOL: Piscataway (N.J.) High
BUZZ: Jenkins has emerged as one of the nation's top shutdown corners while helping the Buckeyes lead the nation in total defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Jenkins has picked off three passes and returned one for a touchdown against Penn State.
CB Mike Jenkins, USF, Sr., 5-11/194
HIGH SCHOOL: Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast
BUZZ: Jenkins has teamed with Trae Williams this year to give the Bulls one of the nation's top cornerback tandems. Jenkins has 38 tackles ? four for losses ? along with three interceptions and 12 pass breakups.
SS Patrick Chung, Oregon, Jr., 6-0, 210
HIGH SCHOOL: Alta Loma (Calif.) Rancho Cucamonga
BUZZ: Despite playing in the secondary, Chung ranks second in the Pac-10 with 102 tackles. His statistics reflect his ability to stop the run and assist in pass coverage. Chung has 7.5 tackles for loss to go along with two interceptions and six pass breakups. He also has blocked two kicks and has forced a fumble.
FS Taylor Mays, USC, Soph., 6-4/225
HIGH SCHOOL: Seattle O'Dea
BUZZ: This 2006 Rivals.com Freshman All-American has continued his rapid progress this season. Mays has 59 tackles and six passes defended. He made 12 tackles in a loss to Oregon and had 10 tackles and four pass breakups in a victory over California.
Rivals.com 2007 All-America Second Team Specialists
K Thomas Weber, Arizona State, Fr. (RS), 6-1/202
HIGH SCHOOL: Los Angeles Loyola
BUZZ: Weber has gone 20 of 21 on field-goal attempts, with a season-long of 53 yards. The Lou Groza Award finalist also has handled the Sun Devils' punting chores and has averaged 40.2 yards per attempt.
P Kevin Huber, Cincinnati, Jr., 6-1/220
HIGH SCHOOL: Cincinnati McNicholas
BUZZ: Huber leads the nation with an average of 46.9 yards per punt and has sent 18 of his 53 attempts inside the opponent's 20. Huber has helped Cincinnati rank fifth in the nation in net punting average.
KR A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State, Soph., 6-0/180
HIGH SCHOOL: Bakersfield (Calif.) West
BUZZ: Jefferson leads the nation with a kickoff return average of 35.8 yards per attempt; that includes an 88-yard touchdown against Utah State and a 98-yard touchdown against Hawaii in back-to-back weeks.
PR Brandon James, Florida, Soph., 5-6/181
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Augustine (Fla.) High | Video
BUZZ: James has seven combined punt and kickoff returns of at least 50 yards this season, including an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee. He ranks fifth in the nation with a punt return average of 17.8 yards, and is 18th in the nation with his kickoff return average of 28.2.
ALL-PURPOSE Percy Harvin, Florida, Soph., 5-11/187
HIGH SCHOOL: Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown | Video
BUZZ: Harvin has withstood nagging injuries and remained a dangerous player whether he lines up as a wide receiver or in the backfield. He has 50 catches for 781 yards and three touchdowns this season plus 70 carries for 599 yards and five more touchdowns.