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SCS.COM COLLEGE FOOTBALL POSTSEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
December 6, 2006

SCS.com The college football schedule leaves us with this annual gap between the completion of the regular season and beginning of the bowl schedule, and so how better to take advantage of the down time than to hand out the official SCS.com awards to the country's top players and coaches? That's exactly what the staff had in mind as they came together over the past few days and weeks to cast their votes for the First and Second Team All-Americans and other various honors. Who takes home our hardware this fall?

COACH OF THE YEAR: JIM GROBE, WAKE FOREST
Grobe's sixth season at Wake Forest was easily his most successful yet. He led the Deacons to an 11-2 record, including a victory in the ACC Championship Game over Georgia Tech. Wake Forest will also be making the school's first ever BCS appearance when they take on Louisville in the Orange Bowl.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TROY SMITH, OHIO STATE
Smith, considered a Heisman lock by the experts, led the Buckeyes to an unbeaten regular season in 2006, his senior year in Columbus. For the season, Smith completed 67% of his passes and threw 30 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. In addition, he also piled up a couple hundred yards on the ground.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QUINN PITCOCK, OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes' senior lineman was a force this fall on the nation's second-ranked defensive unit. He led the team with eight sacks and was one of the Big Ten's leaders in that category as well. Pitcock also had eleven tackles for loss this year in helping lead Ohio State to January's BCS Title Game in Glendale.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: COLT MCCOY, TEXAS
McCoy stepped in the shoes of departed star Vince Young as a redshirt freshman in Austin this fall and performed admirably. He threw 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions this season while also completing more than 68% of his passes and leading the Longhorns to nine wins and an Alamo Bowl berth.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Troy Smith Ohio State University
RB Steve Slaton West Virginia University
RB Darren McFadden University of Arkansas
Try catching up with this trio of speedsters in the open field. While Smith was leading his Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship and national title game, Slaton was piling up more than 1700 rushing yards, the second-highest total in the country. McFadden, meanwhile, dashed for over 1500 of his own and was also a threat on kick and punt returns. Combined, these three accounted for 68 touchdowns this fall.
WR Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech
WR Dwayne Jarrett University of Southern California
TE Zach Miller Arizona State University
Though Johnson's offense struggled getting him the ball at time this season, he still had more than 1000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns on the year. Jarrett, meanwhile, was a key part in the development of new QB John David Booty for the Trojans, as he had more than 800 receiving yards and 10 TDs this fall. Fellow PAC-10 pass-catcher Zach Miller led the Sun Devils in receiving with almost 500 yards and 4 scores.
OL Joe Thomas University of Wisconsin
OL Justin Blalock University of Texas
OL Dan Mozes West Virginia University
OL Sam Baker University of Southern California
OL Jake Long University of Michigan
What offense wouldn't want to set up its attack behind these big blockers? It's no mistake that all five of these guys are the blocking leaders for teams who were national title contenders throughout much of the season. They led the way for the likes of freshman-phenom P.J. Hill, star sophomores Jamaal Charles and Steve Slaton, and 1500-yard rusher Mike Hart.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL LaMarr Woodley University of Michigan
DL Quinn Pitcock Ohio State University
DL Glenn Dorsey LSU
DL Gaines Adams Clemson University
No quarterback wants to see these guys on the other side of the line. Woodley and Adams were both among the top ten sackers in the entire country, while Pitcock picked up eight quarterback take-downs of his own. Dorsey, meanwhile, was the leader of the line on the best defense in the SEC this fall.
LB Paul Posluszny Penn State University
LB Patrick Willis University of Mississippi
LB James Laurinaitis Ohio State University
These guys just get it done every time they hit the field. Each had 100 or more tackles this fall, including Willis who took down 137 on the campaign. Willis and Posluszny were also among the top twenty players in the nation in terms of solo tackles.
DB Leon Hall University of Michigan
DB Daymeion Hughes University of California
DB LaRon Landry LSU
DB Michael Griffin University of Texas
Throwing in the direction of these future NFL defensive backs is rarely a good idea. These four combined to pick off seventeen passes this fall, and no one on this list intercepted the opposition more than Hughes who did so eight times this season.
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
K Justin Medlock UCLA
P Daniel Sepulveda Baylor University
KR Marcus Thigpen University of Indiana
PR DeSean Jackson University of California
There's offense. There's defense. And then there's special teams, often overlooked yet always imperative. Medlock was solid all year long, averaging a nation-leading 2.17 field goals per game thanks to an 87% success rate. Sepulveda, meanwhile, was creating field position nightmares for the opposition, leading the country with a 46.5 yard average per kick. And speaking of nightmares, Thigpen and Jackson could turn the momentum in the blink of an eye. The former led the nation with three kickoff returns for scores, while the latter was a national leader himself with four punt returns for touchdowns.

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Colt Brennan University of Hawaii
RB Ray Rice Rutgers University
RB Garrett Wolfe Northern Illinois University
WR Robert Meachem University of Tennessee
WR Jeff Samardzija University of Notre Dame
TE Jonny Harline Brigham Young University
OL Ben Grubbs Auburn University
OL Aaron Sears University of Tennessee
OL Ryan Kalil University of Southern California
OL Josh Beekman Boston College
OL Levi Brown Penn State University
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Tim Crowder University of Texas
DL Frank Okam University of Texas
DL Adam Carriker University of Nebraska
DL Jay Alford Penn State University
LB Rufus Alexander University of Oklahoma
LB Buster Davis Florida State University
LB Dan Connor Penn State University
DB Tra Battle University of Georgia
DB Reggie Nelson University of Florida
DB David Irons Auburn University
DB Antoine Cason University of Arizona
SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS
K Garrett Hartley University of Oklahoma
P Chris Miller Ball State University
KR Grant Jones Oklahoma State University
PR Ted Ginn Ohio State University

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA
LB H.B. Blades University of Pittsburgh
WR Adarius Bowman Oklahoma State University
K Mason Crosby University of Colorado
WR Jarrett Dillard Rice University
RB Mike Hart University of Michigan
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins UTEP
RB Marshawn Lynch University of California
LB Sam Olajubutu University of Arkansas
QB Brady Quinn University of Notre Dame

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