January 9, 2006

Horns aplenty on All-Bowl team

The 2005-06 Rivals.com All-Bowl Team includes a dozen players who made one of the three Rivals.com All-American teams and one player who was on the Rivals.com Freshman All-American team.

Texas dominates the landscape, as well it should, with five players on our team. Vince Young leads the way after his sublime Rose Bowl performance of 467 total yards.

As far as conferences go, almost half of our team comes from two leagues --- the Big Ten (seven) and the Big 12 (six). But there is representation from the other four major conferences and one independent that won its bowl game.

Without further ado, we're proud to present the 2005-06 Rivals.com All-Bowl Team:

Rivals.com 2005-06 All-Bowl Team
Offense Defense
QB: Vince Young
6-5, 233, Texas (Jr.)
In a performance for the ages, Young carried the Horns to the national title - 200 rushing yards and 3 TDs and 267 passing yards with no turnovers.
DE: Mario Williams
6-7, 290, N.C. State (Jr.)
Posted four tackles for losses including 1.5 sacks in the Wolfpack's shutout of South Florida.
RB: Steve Slaton
5-10, 185, West Virginia (Fr.)
In a dazzling display against Georgia, the true frosh finished with 206 yards, including a pair of 52-yard TDs, to break Tony Dorsett's Sugar Bowl record.
DE: C.J. Ah You
6-4, 265, Oklahoma (Jr.)
The Sooners shut down Oregon in part thanks to Ah You, who had six tackles including two sacks for minus-14 yards.
RB: Brian Calhoun
5-10, 194, Wisconsin (Jr.)
Calhoun had 213 yards and a TD on 30 carries getting only the slightest of nod over USC's LenDale White.
DT: Mike Kudla
6-3, 265, Ohio State (Sr.)
Kudla moved inside from end during the season and turned in seven tackles and three sacks in the Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame.
WR: Brandon Williams
5-11, 175, Wisconsin (Sr.)
The Badgers found another weapon the Tigers couldn't stop: six receptions, 173 yards and a touchdown.
DT: Brodrick Bunkley
6-3, 284, FSU (Sr.)
It takes a special effort to make our team while your team is losing, but the Seminoles standout posted nine tackles including two for losses.
WR: Dwayne Jarrett
6-5, 210, USC (So.)
Some receivers had better numbers, but none made tougher catches and took more punishment in a bigger game than Jarrett (10 receptions, 121 yards, 1 TD).
LB: A.J. Hawk
6-1, 240, Ohio State (Sr.)
The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year smothered the Notre Dame attack with 12 tackles, 3.5 for losses and two sacks.
TE: David Thomas
6-3, 245, Texas (Sr.)
Vince Young's safety net showed grit and great hands with 10 receptions for 88 yards. Did anybody see him fall down then get up and make a crucial first-down grab?
LB: Stephen Tulloch
5-11, 230, N.C. State (Jr.)
The second Wolfpack defender on the team, Tulloch overwhelmed USF with 15 tackles, five for losses including three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
OT: Justin Blalock
6-4, 329, Texas (Jr.)
His block on a corner blitz keyed Young's game-winning touchdown and helped hold USC to zero sacks.
LB: DeMeco Ryans
6-2, 232, Alabama (Sr.)
Texas Tech is still seeing Ryans in its sleep. He posted seven tackles, 2.5 for losses including 1.5 sacks.
OT: Andrew Whitworth
6-7, 322, LSU (Sr.)
He helped pave the way for 468 total yards and a mauling on the scoreboard - 40-3 - despite a quarterback making his first start.
S: Michael Huff
6-1, 205, Texas (Sr.)
He was defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl, yet may not have had as good a game as his fellow safety.
OG: Taitusi Lutui
6-6, 365, USC (Sr.)
Against the nation's No. 6 defense, he continually created large holes for LenDale White.
S: Michael Griffin
6-0, 205, Texas (Jr.)
He was everywhere against the Trojans with eight tackles and a game-changing, highlight-reel interception.
OG: Fred Matua
6-2, 305, USC (Jr.)
Another main reason the Trojans posted 574 yards of total offense.
CB: Anthony Madison
5-9, 180, Alabama (Sr.)
Diminutive for sure, but he flew around in the Tide secondary and took away Tech's main weapon, wide receiver Jarrett Hicks.
C: Dan Mozes
6-4, 290, West Virginia (Jr.)
He dominated Georgia at the point of attack and opened gaping holes for Slaton and QB Pat White.
CB: Alan Zemaitis
6-2, 201, Penn State (Sr.)
Steady all year, Zemaitis registered four tackles including one for loss and returned an interception 18 yards in the Orange Bowl.
Special Teams
P: Jeremy Kapinos
6-1, 229, Penn State (Jr.)
Forced to punt a season-high 11 times against stingy FSU, he averaged 44.3 yards per boot and had three downed inside the 20.
K: Jeremy Ito
5-11, 180, Rutgers (So.)
Ito hit all four field goal attempts, including an Insight Bowl record 52-yarder, and all four extra points in a 45-40 loss to Arizona State.
PR: Willie Reid
5-10, 186, FSU (Sr.)
He broke off an 87-yarder for a touchdown to spark the Seminoles and finished with seven punt returns for a whopping 180 yards.
KR: Reggie Campbell
5-6, 164, Navy (So.)
His 85 kickoff return yards were a small part of the story that included 116 rushing yards, 89 receiving yards and a bowl record-tying five touchdowns.
All-purpose: Ted Ginn
6-0, 175, Ohio State (So.)
Ginn torched the Irish for 167 receiving yards and one touchdown and had a 68-yard TD run. He looked like the best player on the field.


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